Reuters national news summary
The following is a summary of current national newsletters in the United States.
Florida man who threw board and fire extinguisher at police receives longest Capitol riot sentence
A federal judge on Friday sentenced a rioter on the U.S. Capitol to more than five years in prison for throwing a wooden board and a fire extinguisher at police during the Jan.6 attack on the seat of government. The Justice Department said Robert Scott Palmer of Largo, Fla., Was sentenced to 63 months for assaulting law enforcement with dangerous weapons during the assault, which took place while the vice -President Mike Pence and members of Congress gathered to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory in 2020..
Jury can determine if Ghislaine Maxwell avoided learning of Epstein’s actions, judge says
The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sexual abuse trial can determine whether the British socialite “consciously avoided” knowledge of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged encounters with teenage girls, the judge in charge of the case said on Saturday. Maxwell, 59, faces eight counts of sex trafficking and other charges.
Sadness, anger for Amazon workers who died in tornado
Families and friends of six workers who died after a tornado ravaged an Amazon warehouse expressed sadness and anger as they bid the victims their final farewells during a series of vigils on Friday. On December 10, a barrage of tornadoes ravaged six U.S. states, leaving a trail of death and destruction in homes and businesses for more than 322 km.
‘Tidal rage’: Omicron could put COVID-19 surge in US into overdrive
Two years after the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces yet another grim winter, with the scorching Omicron variant threatening to escalate an already dangerous wave of cases. Hospitalizations for COVID-19 jumped 45% in the past month, and confirmed cases rose 40% to a week-long average of 123,000 new infections in the United States per day, according to a tally of Reuters.
US Senate confirms former Chicago mayor Emanuel to serve as ambassador to Japan
The US Senate confirmed on Saturday morning that President Joe Biden’s candidate Rahm Emanuel would serve as ambassador to Japan, despite questions about the murder of a black teenager by a white police officer while Emanuel was mayor of Chicago. The Senate approved Emanuel by a 48-21 vote in a midnight session, with three of Biden’s fellow Democrats voting against his nomination.
U.S. Senator Gets Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Vote, Amid Emissary Approvals Deal
Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz to secure a vote in January on his bill to impose sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline as part of a deal with Democrats in which he agreed to lift dozens of candidates of President Joe Biden as Ambassador. In the agreement reached on Saturday morning between the Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, and Cruz, the Senate will vote before January 14 on Cruz’s bill aimed at imposing sanctions on the Russia-Germany gas pipeline.
Quotes on US vaccine mandate could begin in early January
A US federal agency said on Saturday it could start issuing citations to companies as early as January 10 for failing to meet a national mandate to regularly vaccinate or test for COVID-19, amid a showdown Supreme Court of the United States on politics looms. . The announcement came a day after a U.S. appeals court reinstated the Biden administration’s policy that requires large companies to verify that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly tests.
Kentucky rain drives more tornado survivors from their homes
Jimmy Galbreath counted his blessings too soon. His home in Mayfield, Ky., Was battered but not broken up by a tornado last week, and the 62-year-old former junkyard planned to continue living there. Then on Thursday, rain soaked the state, with another downpour scheduled for Friday through Saturday afternoon. As Galbreath watched, water regularly seeped into his kitchen, finding paths opened by two trees that had crashed into his house during the tornado.
Air Force Says Two Crew Members Supporting Blinken’s Overseas Travel Tested Positive
Two US Air Force crew members supporting the trip of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last week to the UK and Southeast Asia have tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson said of the air force. The new cases, which had not previously been disclosed, bring the total number of people who tested positive for COVID-19 traveling on the Blinken plane last week to three. The State Department on Wednesday disclosed https://www.reuters.com/world/us/blinken-cuts-short-asia-trip-after-covid-19-case-among-travelling-group-2021-12 -15 that a member of the press accompanying America’s top diplomat on the trip had also tested positive.
Ex-Minnesota Cop Says She’s “Truly Sorry” For Shooting Daunte Wright
Kimberly Potter, the former white Minnesota police officer on trial for shooting black motorist Daunte Wright, broke down in tears on Friday as she testified that she was deeply sorry for mistaking her handgun for her Taser during a road check. Potter, 49, pleaded not guilty to first and second degree manslaughter charges, carrying maximum sentences of 15 and 10 years respectively. Potter said she thought she was firing her Taser when she shot Wright in the chest with her Glock 9mm handgun on April 11.
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