"The Federal Government will have executed more than three times as many people in the last six months than it had in the previous six decades," Sotomayor dissented. "...This is not justice."
"We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions," the hotel chain said in a statement.
Dr. Dre was back at home Saturday after being treated at a Los Angeles hospital for a reported brain aneurysm. Peter Paterno, an attorney for the music mogul, said Dre was home but offered no other details in an email exchange Saturday. In a Jan. 5 social media post, Dre, 55, said he was “doing great and getting excellent care from my medical team.”
New Zealand's policy of placing new arrivals in hotels to complete their quarantine is being looked at by UK officials as an option to control the spread of new coronavirus variants. Ministers have instructed staff to study a wide range of policies to crackdown on quarantine, reports last night suggested, with facial-recognition technology and GPS to check that people are staying in isolation may also under consideration. The Government has already issued travel bans on arrivals from South America, Portugal and Cape Verde due to the emergence of a new coronavirus variant in Brazil. According to The Sunday Times officials were last week ordered to study New Zealand’s policy of “directed isolation”, where everyone arriving is charged for a stay at an airport hotel and forced to remain in isolation for two weeks. A Number 10 source said the report was "speculation" and that the UK Government was often looking at other countries' approaches in tackling the pandemic. In Australia travellers are charged between £1,500 and £2,500 to isolate for between 14 and 24 days. Reports on Saturday night revealed the UK government is only considering a system where visitors pay the costs themselves. Other schemes civil servants will examine include Poland’s method of “enhanced monitoring” for those told to isolate. Each person is contacted once a day and told to send a photograph of themselves at the location where they are confined. These are cross-referenced using GPS data and facial-recognition software, with police visiting anyone who does not comply within 20 minutes. Both ideas were said to have been discussed at a ministers meeting on Thursday with a senior Government source telling the Sunday Times that such technology would not be used on those self-isolate within Britain.From Monday, the Government plans to scrap all travel corridors that exempt people arriving from certain destinations from quarantine requirements. The new policy means arrivals from every destination will need to self-isolate for 10 days or receive a negative Covid-19 test result at least five days after entering the UK. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, warned the government against lifting the restrictions too quickly. Hopson said: “We need to be careful about saying that just because people have been vaccinated the spread won’t happen and therefore we can pull off all restrictions on social contact immediately.” Professor Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, said that there will be lots of new variants but the current vaccines should protect against strains.
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Wesley Allen Beeler was arrested Friday after he tried to pass a security checkpoint with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and multiple guns.
In a series of tweets Jones alleges that Florida authorities issued a warrant for her arrest on an unspecified charge as an act of retaliation.
Donald Trump had a bizarre visit in his final days at the White House from a businessman known as the "My Pillow Guy”. Michael Lindell was photographed just before he went in to see the president in the West Wing. He was carrying a set of notes which included references to "martial law" and advocating appointing someone loyal to Mr Trump to head the CIA. Mr Lindell is chief executive of a company called My Pillow. He is a Republican donor and has been a loyal supporter of the president. He is also a familiar face on US television screens, appearing in adverts for his own product. On Thursday he wrote on Facebook: "We will have our president Donald Trump 4 more years!" His notes when he visited the White House were only partially visible but included the phrase "martial law if necessary upon the first hint of any …” Another part read "Make clear this is China/Iran...." and elsewhere he referenced "Foreign Interference in the election”. Mr Lindell's notes suggested that Gina Haspel, the current CIA Director, be replaced by Kash Patel, who is chief of staff to the defence secretary.
True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday. White's low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s “Hollywood on Television” to a 2019 voice role in “Forky Asks a Question,” with “The Golden Girls” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” among the enduring highlights.
Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will attempt to lighten the mood at an unprecedented presidential inauguration inside a new "Green Zone" in Washington. The national anthem will be sung by Lady Gaga as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in on the West Front of the US Capitol, and Lopez will also perform. As Hollywood stars flocked to be part of swearing in a Democrat president Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute TV special featuring celebrities including Justin Timberlake, and a "virtual parade" around America. It will be an attempt by Mr Biden's team to distract from the massive security operation surrounding the event. Usually, hundreds of thousands of people flood on to the National Mall in front of Congress for an inauguration. But, in the wake of the riots on Jan 6, a new "Green Zone" has been established with much of Washington closed off behind giant fences.
Biden will rescind the travel ban on several majority-Muslim countries and rejoin the Paris climate accords in the first days of his presidency.
All the latest from the White House and beyond on 16 January 2021
Wesley Allen Beeler was stopped at the checkpoint near the U.S. Capitol on Friday.
‘He asked us to fly there. He asked us to be there. So I was doing what he asked us to do,’ says Jenna Ryan
CNN says a viral screenshot claiming to be a correction about Ted Cruz, a QAnon pin and a Doritos chip is fabricated.
National Mall and Washington Monument both closed to public on Inauguration Day following safety concerns
Army lawyer named in notes toted by My Pillow inventorWhite House meeting reportedly ‘brief’ and ‘contentious’US Capitol rioters plead with Trump for pardons Michael Lindell at the West Wing, on Friday. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock A US army cyber attorney has expressed confusion at apparent plans among Trump allies to place him in a senior national security role, as part of a mooted move to impose martial law and reverse the president’s election defeat. A day after his name and location appeared in notes carried into the White House by the My Pillow founder, Mike Lindell, Frank Colon told New York magazine he was “just a government employee who does work for the army” at Fort Meade, in Maryland. Reporter Ben Jacobs added that Colon “seemed befuddled [over] why he would be floated to the president in any senior role and said that he never met Lindell”, although he said he had “seen him on TV”. Ads for his sleep-aiding pillows made the mustachioed Lindell a familiar figure on American screens before he emerged as a leading Trump ally and booster. The president was this week impeached a second time, for inciting supporters to attack the US Capitol on 6 January, leaving five people dead. Trump will leave office on Wednesday, when Joe Biden becomes the 46th president. Nonetheless, Trump still has not conceded defeat in an election he claims without evidence was stolen through mass voter fraud. Lindell has insisted Trump will begin a second term. “I get called into a lot of projects for the Pentagon,” Colon told Jacobs, formerly of the Guardian, saying such projects included the Operation Warp Speed programme for coronavirus vaccine development and delivery. He also said it “would be odd to reach that far down” in the Department of Defense for a role like national security adviser, but also said “people know me in the Pentagon” because not many people practise cyber law. Jacobs reported that though Colon said he did not use Twitter, an account under the name Frank Colon Esq contained messages supportive of Trump and said of Biden: “If you need the military to protect you from the people during your fraudulent inauguration the people didn’t vote for you.” Lindell did not respond to the pool reporter at the White House on Friday, when his notes were captured by a photographer from the Washington Post. He did not comment to New York magazine. But on Friday the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman reported that Lindell had been “carrying the notes for an attorney he’s been working with to prove the election was really won by Trump, wouldn’t say who it was. Said some of it related to reports Trump is now unable to see because he doesn’t have Twitter.” Twitter and other platforms banned Trump after the Capitol attack, in which a police officer who confronted rioters and a supporter of the president shot by law enforcement were among those who died. Multiple arrests have been made amid reports of further pro-Trump protests before the inauguration. Haberman said Lindell’s White House meeting was “brief” and “contentious”. “Lindell,” she wrote, “insists the papers he was holding, which were photographed and visible, didn’t reference ‘martial law’. An administration official says they definitely referenced martial law. “But an administration official says Trump wasn’t really entertaining what Lindell was saying. Lindell also seemed frustrated he wasn’t getting more of a hearing.” Haberman also reported that “among the items on Lindell’s list was replacing [national security adviser Robert] O’Brien”.
Bird has introduced skid detection to catch joyriders who abuse their scooters.
Benjamin de Rothschild, who oversaw the banking empire started by his father in 1953, has died. The Edmond de Rothschild Group, the company he was chairman of, said that de Rothschild died of a heart attack Friday afternoon at his home in Pregny, Switzerland. Since 1997, Benjamin de Rothschild headed the banking group, which was named after his father.