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It includes categories for Middle Eastern and North African people previously considered white. The proposed changes come after years of reviews on the way the US Census Bureau collects its data. Last year, President Joe Biden continued the review effort after former President Donald Trump's administration stalled on decisions regarding the implementation of proposed changes for the 2020 census, NPR reported. The new MENA category would also help with allocating resources to these groups, the document notes. A MENA category was supposed to be added to the 2020 census, but the bureau announced in 2018 that would no longer be the case until further research on the categories was done.
Two Memphis Fire Department personnel who responded to the incident that led to the death of Tyre Nichols on January 7 have been fired, the department announced Monday. EMTs Robert Long and JaMicheal Sandridge, and Lieutenant Michelle Whitaker "failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment" on Nichols and violated "numerous MFD" policies and protocols, according to a press release from the MFD. —Memphis Fire Department (@MEM_Fire) January 30, 2023This story is developing. Please check back for updates.
Pedro Vilarva, who met Santos in 2014, said he lived with Santos' wife unaware that the pair were married. Pedro Vilarva, who was 18 in 2014 when he met Santos, described the living situation in an interview with Insider on Friday. Vilarva said that he eventually discovered the pair were married, but Santos told him that he was planning to divorce his wife. Vilarva and Santos met in 2014, and Santos announced an engagement party with Vilarva that same year. "He asked me 3x but I didn't accept it," Vilarva told the Beast via text.
Five Memphis Police Department officers have been charged in the death of Tyre Nichols. —The Uncultured Black (@camarawilliams) January 27, 2023The video of Nichols enjoying simple moments of "Black joy" was something Williams said every Black person can relate to. Williams said he felt the same way about Nichols' life. In a crowdfunding message, Nichols' mother RowVaughn Wells also referenced his life as a skater and described him as "quirky and true to himself." "Tyre Nichols was loved by his community and was known to be gentle, kind, and joyful," Wells wrote.
NY Rep. George Santos claimed to Brazilian media that he was the victim of an attempted murder. We go back to our house, it was vandalized because we were at a Republican Party in Florida in December 2020," Santos told the hosts, according to the Rachel Maddow Show translation. Santos did not elaborate on his claim in the clip, according to host Rachel Maddow. interjected podcast interviewer João Batista Jr., per a translation of the clip by the Rachel Maddow show. The clip comes as Santos faces growing controversy over apparent falsehoods in his resume, campaign biography, family history, and religious background.
Governor Larry Hogan told CNN that Governor Ron DeSantis lacks broad appeal. Hogan said DeSantis was "too focused on the base." Hogan also told CNN that he was still unsure whether or not he would run for president. —The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 17, 2023Tapper then asked Hogan about whether or not he would run for president. On Monday, Trump responded to the rumors of a DeSantis run, telling the conservative podcast "The Water Cooler" that if the governor were to run for president he would "handle that the way I handle things."
An anonymous accuser claimed Matt Schlapp and his wife defamed him, per a lawsuit filed Friday. The accuser came forward with allegations of sexual battery against Schlapp to the media. In one text purportedly sent by Schlapp's wife, she calls the accuser a "troubled individual." The complaint filed Tuesday and reviewed by Insider accuses Schlapp of sexual battery and he and his wife, Mercedes Schlapp, of defamation and conspiracy against the accuser. Spies did not verify the veracity of the message said to have been sent by Schlapp's wife.
Two roommates of Rep. George Santos suspect the congressman of stealing a Burberry scarf in 2020. The roommates also believe Santos stole other valuable clothing items from them. One of the roommates became convinced after seeing Santos wear a Burberry scarf a year later. In messages sent in 2020 between Morey-Parker and Rabello obtained by Patch, the two roommates vented about the items they suspected Santos had stolen, including an Armani shirt worth $500. The roommates refer to him as Anthony in the messages, matching reports that Santos was previously using the name Anthony Devolder.
An Amtrak Auto Train was severely delayed due to a freight derailment that occurred Monday night. The Auto Train is a 900-mile train service that goes from Lorton, Virginia, to Sanford, Florida. "I will not be going on another train, that's for sure," she told Insider on Wednesday, exhausted from her long journey. Amtrak told Insider that the incident forced the Auto Train to take a detour. One of the therapy dogs that were aboard the Amtrak Auto Train.
Passengers on an Amtrak train were stranded in South Carolina after their train took a detour due to another train derailing. This was just the beginning of the mess: the Amtrak passenger train's journey was then halted in South Carolina. Additionally, safety laws control how many hours train employees are allowed to work. "Hey @Amtrak my parents have been stuck on the auto train that left Lorton yesterday around 5pm. "Any help heading towards the fully booked Amtrak auto train full of elderly passengers that is now almost 10 hours past arrival time?
President Joe Biden said he was "surprised" that classified documents were found in his old office. Biden also said that he did not know what the documents contained. "People know I take classified information seriously," Biden said, during a North American Leaders' Summit in Mexico. Biden explained that, in November of 2022, when his lawyers were cleaning out his old office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy & Global Engagement, documents with classified markings were unexpectedly located. The Washington Post reported roughly 10 documents were found in the office space, citing a person familiar with the investigation.
Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy called on his colleagues to stop funding the DHS. The comments came the same day President Joe Biden visited the border in Texas. In a speech to the House, Roy said Texans were "struggling" and claimed Republicans would seek to strip funding from the DHS this year. DHS has become a favorite target of the GOP, who blame the agency for what they see as missteps at the border. Roy's call also follows a recent trend of Republicans seeking to defund various agencies, such as the FBI.
Russia said a Ukrainian HIMARS strike in the occupied Donetsk region in Ukraine killed dozens of its soldiers. The Russians say 89 soldiers were killed, and blamed their own troops for using cell phones. The Russians say they were struck by Ukrainian troops equipped with US-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers. The use of cell phones on the battlefield by Russian soldiers has become a risk for Russian soldiers. "We listened to the Russian soldiers as they panicked and called their friends and relatives," a Ukrainian official told The Times.
Noam Littman told Insider that his family is now "hesitant" to plan a trip like this again. "We had like this elevated sense of excitement knowing that we were going to be surprising them as well," Julie told Insider. The family told Insider they eventually found a suitable place to stay, but had to spend Christmas flying back home — still without their luggage — and missed their vacation. Courtesy of Noah LittmanNow, the family is looking for refunds— from Royal Caribbean, from whom they purchased trip insurance, and United Airlines. Another set of Wisconsin travelers missed their $4,000 Royal Caribbean honeymoon after Southwest canceled their flights.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to gain the votes to become House majority speaker on Tuesday. McCarthy failed to gain the necessary 218 votes three times at the outset of the 118th Congress. Later, key ally Donald Trump declined to say whether he stood by his endorsement of McCarthy. McCarthy did not amass enough votes from his Republican colleagues at the outset of the 118th Congress, with 19 GOP members voting against his effort to become speaker of the GOP-led House. In December, Trump encouraged GOP holdouts to rally around McCarthy, accusing them of playing a "very dangerous game."
Berger, a researcher on extremism and extremist movements on social media, explained what constitutes extremism and how Musk fits into the right-wing extremist ecosystem. Elon Musk wouldn't be considered a right-wing extremist, right? It's hard to say if he's an extremist, but he is most definitely implementing policies that favor extremism. Is Elon Musk just bad at his job and unintentionally letting these right-wing extremists through or is it more sinister than that? There's a mythology of the center that the far right advances and that is the mythological center that Elon Musk is interested in promoting.
Rudy Giuliani attended Donald Trump's New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago. In a video posted to Twitter, Giuliani films himself speaking while partygoers wave to the camera. In a video posted to Twitter with the caption "Mar-a-Lago 2023 New Year headed right to 2024!" Giuliani did not appear to notice and posted the video as people danced around him and photobombed the camera. Former President Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump arrive for a New Years Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022.
Former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard grilled Republican Rep-elect George Santos on Fox News. Santos lied about several aspects of his education and career, according to new reports. Gabbard asked Santos. Santos responded by claiming that President Joe Biden was lying to the American people, and asked if Biden himself had any shame. Santos admitted to some of these fabrications in an interview with the New York Post on December 26.
The US Department of Transportation is getting involved with the Southwest Airlines delays. Pete Buttigieg met with the CEO of Southwest airlines, as well as union leaders, on Tuesday. Southwest Airlines canceled thousands of flights following the holiday weekend as a result of the historic winter storm that has taken hold across the nation. "USDOT is concerned by Southwest's unacceptable rate of cancellations and delays & reports of lack of prompt customer service," a statement read. "The Department will examine whether cancellations were controllable and if Southwest is complying with its customer service plan."
Kate Crawford, author of "Atlas of AI" discussed the ethics of categorizing humans using AI. In an email interview with Insider, Kate Crawford, AI researcher at USC Annenberg and author of "Atlas of AI," expanded on the risks of relying on AI to help classify humans. Where did the idea of using AI to classify humans come from and why are companies interested in using this technology? Is there any safe or ethical way in which AI technology can be used to classify humans? Why is the AI industry so adamant about using data and data collection methods that have been proven to exacerbate inequality?
A man at a National Science Foundation base in Antarctica was charged with assaulting a female colleague. Officials charged Stephen Tyler Bieneman with assault within the maritime and territorial jurisdiction, according to a criminal complaint filed on December 12. Assault, especially sexual assault against women, has been long documented in the remote base of Antarctica. Over 70% of female respondents and nearly 50% of male respondents said sexual harassment is a problem within the US Antarctic Program, while 47% of female respondents and 33% of male respondents said sexual assault is a problem. "Every woman I knew down there had an assault or harassment experience that had occurred on ice," one person said in the report.
The skeleton could be part of a collection of "bog bodies" found all over Northern Europe. Evidence also suggests that the "bog body" could have been there as part of a ritual. Researchers understood it to be a "bog body" which refers to the dozens of usually male bodies found in bogs in Europe. One of the most famous bog bodies, the Tollund Man, was also found in Denmark. This has been widely done throughout ancient times, and this is most likely a victim of such a ritual," Struve said in a press release.
The January 6 committee released a transcript of Ivanka Trump's interview.`The transcript revealed that Sen. Susan Collins called Ivanka Trump during the Capitol riot. "It was a brief conversation," Ivanka Trump says, according to the transcript. The call from Collins is one of a few calls that Ivanka Trump received during the riot. Ivanka Trump also confirmed that Sen. Lindsey Graham called her from the Capitol building as events unfolded. The report also detailed Ivanka Trump imploring her father to quell the violence, noting that she appeared"visibly upset" after her father refused to listen to her.
Health-insurance firms are required to cover eight at-home COVID-19 tests per customer a month. Insurance companies must cover eight over-the-counter at-home COVID-19 tests per person per month, the Biden administration announced in January of 2022. More free tests will be home-delivered starting in DecemberAmericans with private insurance are able to order tests through pharmacy retailers like CVS and Walgreens. Each household is limited to four at-home tests, and the orders will begin to ship before Christmas this year. The Biden administration will also be distributing free at-home tests to 6,500 Department of Housing and Urban Development-assisted rental housing properties and up to 500 major food banks.
The January 6 committee claimed a witness had been advised to alter their testimony, CNN reported. The attorney denied the allegations to Insider, saying he represented Hutchinson "honorably." Two sources told CNN that Hutchinson had relayed the incident to the Department of Justice. Sources told CNN that Trump's Save America PAC paid for Passantino to represent Hutchinson through Passantino's law firm Elections LLC. Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, the law firm that listed Passantino as a partner, told CNN it was not involved in the situation.
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