5 things to know on Friday
January 6 Panel: Investigation Shows Trump Led Effort to Cancel 2020 Election
Washington and large swathes of the United States are still reeling on Friday after members of a House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol began Thursday evening to show Americans what they found. They began to lay out their case that the insurgency was the final act of a complex scheme orchestrated by former President Donald Trump to nullify the 2020 election. The public hearing, which aired during prime time listens at 8 p.m. ET on several television networks. At the heart of the case is a fundamental point: Trump and his advisers “knew” he had lost the 2020 election to Joe Biden and the evidence will show it. Committee members also argued that the attack was “not a spontaneous riot”, but the latest chapter in a larger seven-part conspiracy. In the most disturbing and moving account of the night, Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, who was injured in the attack, described a ‘scene of war’ and used the terms ‘carnage’ and “chaos”. She also noted that she was “sliding into people’s blood” that day.
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Inflation hit a new 40-year high in May
Inflation unexpectedly hit a new 40-year high in May as gasoline, food and rent prices surged, underscoring that its expected decline could be painfully slow. The consumer price index rose 8.6% a year from 8.3% the previous month and the biggest rise since December 1981, the Labor Department said on Friday. On a monthly basis, consumer prices rose 1%, compared to a 0.3% increase the previous month. After inflation fell from its recent four-decade high in April, economists believed it had begun an extremely slow descent. May’s return to historic levels shows the opposite, as a wide range of goods and services rose sharply.
The officer accused of the murder of Patrick Lyoya could appear in court
Christopher Schurr – a police officer in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who shot and killed Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head on April 4 – has been charged with one count of second-degree murder, the district attorney announced Thursday. Kent County, Chris Becker. If convicted, Schurr could be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Becker said the second-degree murder charge was the most serious possible, given the evidence he reviewed, because there was no indication of premeditation on Schurr’s part. Schurr has surrendered, Becker said, and his arraignment could come as early as Friday. Schurr, who is white, killed Lyoya, a 26-year-old black refugee from Congo, after a traffic stop. Schurr chased a fleeing Lyoya and the officer deployed his stun gun twice and missed. Schurr and Lyoya then wrestled on a lawn in a residential area. Lyoya was on the ground when Schurr shot him. He had asked Lyoya to remove his hand from the officer’s Taser, video showed.
Japan resumes tourism after strict pandemic restrictions
Japan opened its borders to foreign tourists on Friday for the first time since strict pandemic travel restrictions were imposed about two years ago, but only for people touring with fixed schedules and guides, a said Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Tourists from areas with low COVID-19 infection rates who have received three doses of the vaccine will be exempted from testing and quarantined after entry. After facing criticism that its strict border controls were xenophobic, Japan began easing its restrictions earlier this year and currently allows entry for up to 10,000 people a day, including Japanese citizens. , foreign students and some business travelers. Now, Japan will double the cap to 20,000 a day, according to Makoto Shimoaraiso, a Cabinet official in charge of pandemic measures. It will take some time before foreign visitors can come to Japan for individual tourism, Shimoaraiso said.
Judge to hold hearing to decide date for Weinstein trial in Los Angeles
A hearing to decide the date for the sex crimes trial of Los Angeles movie mogul-turned-convicted Harvey Weinstein will take place on Friday. Weinstein, who is accused of sexually assaulting five women at hotels in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills in alleged encounters between 2004 and 2013, faces 11 sex crime charges. In addition to the hearing in Los Angles, English prosecutors said on Wednesday they had authorized police to charge ex-movie producer Weinstein with two counts of indecent assault on a woman in London in 1996. The Crown Prosecution Service said “charges have been cleared” against Weinstein following a review of evidence gathered by London’s Metropolitan Police as part of their investigation. Weinstein is currently in prison in Los Angeles.
Contributor: The Associated Press