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Venezuela orders arrest of 3 in US for role in failed plot

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s chief prosecutor ordered the arrest Friday of a former Green Beret and two opposition figures living in the United States for their purported role in a botched operation aimed at removing Nicolás Maduro from power. Tarek William Saab said Venezuela will seek the capture of Jordan Goudreau, a military veteran who has claimed responsibility for the attack, as well as Juan José Rendón and Sergio Vergara, two U.S.-based advisers to opposition leader Juan Guaidó. “They are living in impunity,” Saab said. “In tranquility over there.” U.S. law enforcement is investigating Goudreau, though it remains unclear if he will charged. President Donald Trump does not recognize Maduro’s government, making it highly unlikely that his administration would accept any extr...

Heat, humidity at edge of human tolerance hitting globe

Dangerous levels of heat and humidity have been recorded around the globe 50 years earlier than expected, according to a study published Friday that was led by Columbia University researchers. The findings add to growing concerns that climate change will make certain parts of the Earth uninhabitable, spurring a drastic increase in climate refugees and threatening to create international strife and economic damage. In the study, published in the journal Science Advances, climate scientists analyzed four decades of hourly data from nearly 8,000 weather stations across the globe using so-called wet bulb readings to document potentially fatal bouts of hot, wet air. The analysis provides a far-more detailed picture of how dangerously warm weather has spiked in certain areas than previous resear...

Almost 12,000 meatpacking and food plant workers have reportedly contracted COVID-19. At least 48 have died.

Workers leave the Tyson Foods pork processing plant in Logansport, Indiana, on May 7, 2020. Michael Conroy/AP Photo At least 11,496 factory workers in meatpacking and food plants have contracted the coronavirus, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network. An additional 48 workers have died of COVID-19. Food workers across the country have gone on strike or protested factory conditions. In late April, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that if meatpacking and food corporations show a “good faith” effort to keep workers safe, safety regulations will not be enforced. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. At least 11,946 meatpacking and food workers have tested positive for COVID-19, and at least 48 have died of it.  The cases an...

Ousted health official dismisses Trump's claim he is disgruntled: 'I am frustrated at a lack of leadership'

WASHINGTON – Vaccine expert Rick Bright, who said he was ousted from his position after raising concerns about the federal government’s response to the coronavirus, pushed back against President Donald Trump’s claim that he is disgruntled, instead saying he is “frustrated” with the government. Bright is the former head of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority who filed a whistleblower complaint Tuesday alleging longstanding political influence at the Department of Health and Human Services that assigned him to another job at the National Institutes of Health last month. More: Pence aimed to project normalcy during his trip to Iowa, but coronavirus got in the way More: Top White House officials buried CDC report on reopening the country He told CBS News that he is...

Report says cellphone data suggests October shutdown at Wuhan lab, but experts are skeptical

WASHINGTON — A private analysis of cellphone location data purports to show that a high-security Wuhan laboratory studying coronaviruses shut down in October, three sources briefed on the matter told NBC News. U.S. spy agencies are reviewing the document, but intelligence analysts examined and couldn’t confirm a similar theory previously, two senior officials say. The report — obtained by the London-based NBC News Verification Unit — says there was no cellphone activity in a high-security portion of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from Oct. 7 through Oct. 24, 2019, and that there may have been a “hazardous event” sometime between Oct. 6 and Oct. 11. It offers no direct evidence of a shutdown, or any proof for the theory that the virus emerged accidentally from the lab. Cl...

Missing Idaho kids' uncle died of blood clot in Arizona

PHOENIX (AP) — A pulmonary blood clot killed the brother of an Idaho woman who’s facing charges in the disappearance of her children — a case that attracted worldwide attention with revelations of her doomsday beliefs and connection to three mysterious deaths. Autopsy and toxicology reports were released Friday for Alex Cox, who died in Arizona in December. In July, Cox fatally shot his sister’s estranged husband, Charles Vallow, in what he said was self-defense. Police in Gilbert, Arizona, say detectives investigating Cox’s death will review the autopsy report and that the case is still active. Lori Vallow, Cox’s sister, is being detained in Idaho on charges related to the disappearance of her two children: Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. They were reported missing ...

US objects to UN resolution on virus in dispute with China

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Friday objected to a proposed U.N. resolution on the coronavirus pandemic after diplomats said it had agreed to compromise language with China that didn’t directly mention the World Health Organization, an issue of growing dispute between the world’s two major economic powers. The U.S. objection to the Security Council resolution drafted by France and Tunisia reflects rising tensions between Washington and Beijing. It also leaves the U.N.’s most powerful body impotent on reacting to the greatest crisis facing the world — and unable to back Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ March 23 call for global cease-fires to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, which diplomats said all 15 Security Council members agree on and is the main point of the resolution. Bu...

The McMichaels can't be charged with a hate crime by the state in the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery because the law doesn't exist in Georgia

Gregory McMichael, left, and his son Travis McMichael. The two have been charged with murder in the February shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, whom they had pursued in a truck after spotting him running in their neighborhood. Associated Press Georgia is one of four states without a hate crime law. Its previous law was struck down in 2004 after the state’s Supreme Court found it “unconstitutionally broad.”  The February killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was shot dead while jogging, has reignited calls for new legislation.  Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested Thursday in the shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was jogging in a Brunswick, Georgia.  Each of the men faces ...

Cruz gets his hair cut at salon whose owner was jailed for defying Texas coronavirus restrictions

WASHINGTON – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, got a haircut Friday at the salon owned by Shelley Luther, who was briefly jailed for refusing to obey stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Luther, who opened Salon à la Mode nearly two weeks ago, was found in contempt for ignoring a court order to close from state Judge Eric Moyé, who sentenced her to seven days in Dallas County jail Tuesday and hit her with a $7,000 fine. More: Pence aide’s positive coronavirus test is second this week for White House as Trump tries to project normalcy The state’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Dallas County officials to free Luther while they weigh an appeal challenging her incarceration. Cruz wrote on Twitter: “Hair salons & barbershops are open in TX today. Just got my hair cut f...

Probable cause "clear" in Ahmaud Arbery case, authorities say

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation held a press conference on Friday to discuss its murder investigation of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man who was shot while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia. The bureau arrested a father and son on Thursday, charging them with Arbery’s murder and aggravated assault.   Although the murder took place in February, the bureau only became involved late Tuesday evening, according to GBI Director Vic Reynolds.  Reynolds said Friday that “probable cause was clear to our agents pretty quickly.” “Please understand that although there was an investigation conducted by the Glynn County Police Department at the time of the incident over two months ago, the GBI was not a part of that investigation,” the GBI said in a Thursday press re...

Instacart's army of shoppers has exploded from 180,000 to 500,000 since the start of the pandemic — and some workers say it's making the job more difficult for everyone

An Instacart worker makes a delivery during the coronavirus pandemic. Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post via Getty Images Instacart recruited 300,000 new gig workers in just a month — and has plans to hire another 250,000 — as demand for grocery delivery surges during the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced in April. Instacart’s CEO told Bloomberg business has been so good that the company has already hit its sales goals through 2022. But veteran shoppers told Bloomberg a different story — that the influx of new workers and Instacart’s push for efficiency has exacerbated existing issues around poor working conditions. Instacart workers have staged multiple protests since the pandemic began, demanding everything from hazard pay to more protective gear. Visit Business I...

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