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A cement truck veered into a school bus carrying more than 40 pre-K students returning from a field trip to a Texas zoo Friday, killing a boy on the bus and a man in another vehicle, authorities said.

Officials said the bus rolled over on the highway in the rural outskirts of Austin, where a heavy presence of emergency vehicles shut down traffic for hours. The roof of the bus was crumpled, and much of another vehicle nearby was pulverized. Personal items were strewn across the road.

Four people in critical condition were airlifted from the crash site. Six others with potentially serious injuries were transported by ambulance, said Kevin Parker, division chief Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services.

An ambulance bus transported about 10 other patients to a children’s hospital with minor injuries, Parker said. Passengers on the bus included 44 students and 11 adults, according to the Hays Consolidated Independent School District.

The child who died “was a precious young boy” who was a pre-K student at Tom Green Elementary School in Buda, according to Eric Wright, school district superintendent. The child’s name was not released.

Wright said in addition to the two people who died, 51 others were injured, including the bus driver.

“This is a horrible and tragic day for our school district,” Wright said.

The bus was struck at about 2 p.m. when the concrete truck, which was traveling in the opposite direction, veered into the bus’ lane, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Deon Cockrell said. He added that authorities told him initial information indicated the truck hit the bus head-on, causing it to roll over.

The man who was killed was in a vehicle that either ran into the back of the bus or maybe part of the concrete truck, Cockrell said. There was one person in the truck and one man in the other vehicle. Cockrell didn’t know how fast the vehicles were going. He said the truck driver was cooperating with authorities.

Parents of the students on the bus were notified of the crash and all the children were reunited with their families by the evening, Wright said.

Cynthia Yescas said her 4-year-old nephew had been on the bus and that he was OK, but a little hurt, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

“The kids are more scared than anything else,” she said.

The bus didn’t have seatbelts because it was a 2011 model, Tim Savoy, a Hays school district spokesperson, told the newspaper. New buses have been fitted with belts since 2017, he said.

Gov. Greg Abbott said in a post on the social media platform X that he spoke with the district superintendent “and offered the state’s full support as they help their community through this tragedy.”

State Rep. Erin Zwiener, whose district includes Buda, said in a post on Facebook that her heart goes out to the families affected.

“In this terrible moment, our community must come together to support those who’ve lost loved ones and those who are recovering,” she wrote, also thanking first responders and school district employees who she said “saved lives today.”

Buda is about 16 miles (25 kilometers) southwest of Austin.

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  • Joe says:

    Terrible news. No indication seat belts would have saved lives,, but how much is the life of a child worth ? Shame on the school administrators, for not spending money to get seat belts installed on the older school buses.
    Let’s hope seat belts are installed in the older school buses, before teachers and administrators get their next pay raise.

  • R. Hamblin says:

    True Journalism, a lost and dying art.
    No Name, Picture, nor race of the Cement Truck driver responsible for this accident is ever mentioned. What I call an INCOMPLETE NEWS STORY.

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    The United States is building the first new nuclear warhead in 40 years but will do so without nuclear testing, Energy Department officials told Congress Wednesday.

    The W93 warhead will be used on submarine-launched ballistic missiles and is being built with $19.8 billion requested by the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) for weapons in fiscal 2025, according to Senate testimony by Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby.

    The W93 has been in an early phase of feasibility and design at Los Alamos National Laboratory since May 2022 and is “on track” for production beginning in the mid-2030s, the two officials said in prepared testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

    Nuclear forces modernization is the Pentagon’s top priority and the Navy’s nuclear-missile submarines are considered the linchpin of U.S. strategic nuclear forces, which also include ICBMs and bombers.

    NNSA stated on its website that the W93 “will allow the U.S. to keep pace with future adversary threats.”

    All nuclear components will be based on currently deployed and previously tested nuclear designs.

    The W93 will include modern technologies, such as insensitive high explosives used for triggering. Other new features will include improved safety, security and flexibility “to address future threats,” the NNSA said.

    The warhead is said to be lighter than the current W76 and W88 warheads, allowing for greater missile ranges.

    The nuclear missile submarine forces will be scaled down from 14 Ohio-class submarines to 12 Columbia-class missile boats.

    The department also is modernizing five existing warhead types — the B61-12 life extension program, the B61-13, the W88, W87, and W80 warheads under a funding request of $2.84 billion, the two officials’ testimony states.

    The B61 is a nuclear gravity bomb dropped by aircraft and the newer variant will be built by 2025.

    The Biden administration, however, failed to request funds for the new submarine-launched cruise missile-nuclear, known as SLCM-N in the current budget, the two officials stated, blaming the timing of last year’s defense authorization enactment.

    The SLCM-N likely will be armed with the W80 warhead, Ms. Hruby said during a committee hearing.

    The W80 also will be used on the Air Force’s new air-launched, long-range missile.

    Congress demanded the nuclear cruise missile in legislation after its development was opposed by the administration.

    NNSA will continue to work with the Pentagon and Congress to comply with the law, the officials stated.

    The Pentagon-Energy Nuclear Weapons Council ordered development of the new warhead to be sped up and the funds requested for it will seek to achieve that, Ms. Granholm and Ms. Hruby‘s testimony states.

    “The W93 is a new warhead program based on existing designs that will not require new underground nuclear explosive testing,” the two women stated.

    The number used for the warhead – W93 – is the latest effort at a new warhead. The W89 and W92 were canceled after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    The United States is adhering to a nuclear testing moratorium despite the Senate having rejected the proposed Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1999.

    “The W93 will meet DoD requirements to enhance operational effectiveness of the U.S. ballistic missile submarine force,” Ms. Granholm and Ms. Hruby said.

    Plutonium pits for the warhead will be produced at the Savannah River National Laboratory in South Carolina.

    The warhead, which was requested by Adm. Charles Richard in late 2020 when he was commander of the Omaha-based Strategic Command, will being built with assistance from the British government, which also will be deploying the weapon.

    Adm. Richard, who retired in January 2023, was the first nuclear forces commander to sound the alarm on what he termed China’s nuclear “breakout.”

    China has doubled its nuclear warhead stockpile and has begun deploying multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missiles at three large missile fields in western China.

    These fields could include up to 360 missiles, military officials have said.

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    Doctor Faces Judge in One of the Largest Sexual Assault Cases in Army History

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    A high-ranking military doctor has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of male soldiers who he treated at a Washington state US army base.

    Major Michael Stockin, a pain doctor, is facing 47 sexual assault charges in a case that would be one of the biggest of its kind in the US Army’s history, as reported by Fox13.

    Dozens of male soldiers who were treated by Stockin at the Joint Base Lewis McChord’s (JBLM) Madigan Army Medical Center say he groped them under the guise of a sensory exam.

    Ryan Guilds, a lawyer for several victims, told the local outlet that his clients sometimes have bad days ‘because of what happened to them’ or as they ‘come to grips with what happened to them.’

    It’s likely the trial will be pushed until next year, with Guilds saying the delay makes the situation even harder for his clients.

    ‘They’re soldiers, so I think they’ll muck it up and do their best,’ the lawyer said. ‘Ultimately, they’re trying to move forward and what is obviously a lengthy process, and now after today, it’s longer.’

    Authorities say they could be more victims and have asked anyone with information to come forward.

    Charging documents say Stockin tried covering up the sexual abuse by saying it had a ‘medical purpose,’ as reported by CBS News.

    Back in February two of Stockin’s alleged victims spoke anonymously to CBS, saying the doctor betrayed their trust.

    One of the soldiers, who went to see the doctor for shoulder pain, said: ‘Myself and Dr. Stockin were left alone in the room. He first checked my shoulders and then he asked me to stand up and to pull down my pants and lift up my gown.

    ‘Dr. Stockin, he was face level with my groin, and he started touching my genitals.’

    The soldier, a retired command sergeant major, said he was sexually abused by Stockin three times.

    Another soldier, a Command Sergeant Major allegedly abused by the doctor, said the experience has left emotional trauma.

    He said: ‘Even with my wife I couldn’t bring myself to talk through what happened… It just felt very uncomfortable.’

    Stockin previously worked at other army facilities in DC, and Hawaii, but all the victims were treated at the Army hospital located at JBLM.

    He did not enter a plea during a court appearance in February but can still enter one at a later date.

    His lawyer Robert Capovilla has said: ‘We understand, without exception, that in today’s political culture, the media will continue to condemn Major Stockin and render judgment before a jury or judge even hears evidence.’

    Capovilla added he intends to fight every single allegation against his client.

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    Maryland Trans Teen Arrested for Planning School Shooting — Cops Find 130-Page Manifesto

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    A transgender 18-year-old planned a school shooting because she ‘wanted to be famous’, according to cops who arrested her after finding his 129-page ‘manifesto’.

    Andrea Ye, whose preferred name is Alex, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with making threats of mass violence after allegedly planning to shoot up Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland.

    Police swooped on Ye after finding a ‘manifesto’ written by the teen which they said ‘writes about committing a school shooting, and strategizes how to carry out the act’.

    In the pages, Ye allegedly wrote that she ‘wants to be famous’ and contemplated targeting an elementary school as ‘little kids make easier targets’.

    According to court documents seen by ABC, Ye first described the manifesto as ‘fiction’ but then later described it as ‘his memoir’.

    Montgomery County Public Schools told Fox that Ye is an active student at Wootton High School in Rockville but has been attending through a virtual program and hadn’t been on campus physically since 2022.

    Police reportedly said in court records that Ye’s sex is female but she uses male pronouns.

    After the FBI alerted Montgomery County Police to the manifesto, they obtained a search warrant and found internet searches, drawings and documents related to threats of mass violence.

    Ye reportedly put a disclaimer in the book saying it doesn’t ‘represent the author’s beliefs’ but a witness – who first contacted authorities in early March – raised concerns that the manifesto bore ‘striking similarities’ to Ye.

    The witness believed the writings indicated Ye was prepared to carry out a mass shooting imminently, according to court documents seen by ABC.

    Authorities said they had determined that the manifesto appears to have ‘portions of fictional and non-fictional qualities’.

    Court documents state that the witness told police that Ye’s ‘memoir’ was about ‘a transgender main character’ named ‘James Wang’.

    They said that ‘Wang’ was ‘being bullied in school and other issues that [the witness] believed were directly from Ye’s life and not indicative of fiction.’

    According to ABC, the manifesto described how the character would ‘cherry pick the classrooms that are the easiest targets’ and said: ‘I have also considered shooting up my former elementary school because little kids make easier targets.’

    Authorities said they found social media posts and searches by Ye allegedly looking up ‘gun range near me,’ and the phrase ‘But, I do recognize that my plan is fully unethical. It’s selfish and evil’, according to court documents seen by ABC.

    The documents reportedly show Ye telling an online user: ‘My homicidal ideation has been getting worse lately to the point I might act on it eventually,’ and then later adding: ‘I’d want to kill a lot of people or it wouldn’t be worth it.’

    Ye was taken into custody on Wednesday and is being held in the Montgomery County Jail while he awaits a bond hearing – he has not yet entered a plea.

    Ye has a long history of inpatient care for mental health issues, according to the court documents seen by ABC, and had openly expressed thoughts of homicidal and suicidal ideation.

    According to the court documents, Ye was previously hospitalized ‘for threatening to ‘shoot up a school’.

    Se was evaluated at his home and then hospitalized again in March, the hospital then raised an alarm with school and law enforcement officials because of ‘the threat posed by Ye.’

    A counselor who had worked with Ye told authorities that she ‘would express violent thoughts such as shooting up the school’ and ‘would smile while saying it,’ according to the documents seen by ABC.

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    WATCH: Utah Students Walk Out, Say Classmates Dressed as Furries Are Biting Them

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    A group of children and adults staged an hours-long walkout at a Utah middle school on Wednesday over an unusual issue — “furries.”

    The protesters walked out of Mt. Nebo Middle School, which is about an hour south of Salt Lake City, claiming that students who dress as “furries” were being disruptive.

    Furries are people who have an interest in animals with human qualities, according to WebMD.

    In video of the protests shared to social media, students accuse the alleged “furries” at Mt. Nebo of biting, scratching, barking at, spraying air freshener on, and pouncing on other students.

    Some students who walked out complained that the furries wore masks every day, according to a video of the protest shared to social media.

    “They think they’re so cool,” one girl said.

    “We can’t talk or say anything to the furries or even look at them, but they can come look at us and say stuff to us and touch us,” said another girl.

    However, the school district’s public information officer, Seth Sorensen, pushed back on claims about students dressing up as animals. Students may wear headbands with ears, but they do not dress up in full-body animal costumes, he said.

    “Today, we had some students and parents choose to exercise their right to assemble, and do a little protest for what they perceived was something that was happening in the school,” Sorensen told ABC4. “It actually is not something that’s been occurring.”

    “Interestingly enough, they really didn’t address us with anything they wanted changed,” he said. “We want every student to feel safe when they come to school, and we want students to get along. In fact, we want adults to get along.”

    He added that the protest may have been the result of a miscommunication via an email from the school about an altercation between two groups of students.

    The school also said it has worked with some students whose dress and appearance might be disruptive to the school environment.

    At Wednesday’s protest, children held signs reading “Compelled speech is not free speech,” as well as “I will not comply,” and “We just wanted to learn.”

    A petition dubbed “Students for Humans at School, not animals aka furries” has garnered nearly 1,700 signatures so far. The petition asks the school to enforce a dress code, which the petitioners say prohibits students from presenting themselves in a way that disrupts the learning atmosphere or creates a welfare issue.

    The online “furry” fandom often has sexual overtones, although some self-identified “furries” insist sex has nothing to do with their interest in the fandom.

    A 2011 survey of “furries” found that about a quarter of “furries” said they felt less than 100% human.

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    Israel Strikes Back at Iran

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    Israel has conducted strikes on a target in Iran, defying President Joe Biden’s warnings over plunging the Middle East further into conflict.

    An official told ABC News that strikes hit a site in Iran, however it is unclear what exact target was hit or the extent of the damage.

    Officials say the city of Isfahan in central Iran was struck at 5am local time. The city hosts one of Iran’s nuclear facilities, although US military sources reportedly said the target was not believed to be nuclear.

    Iranian news outlet FARS reported that the strikes were located ‘near Isfahan Airport and the eighth hunting base of the Army Air Force.’

    Iranian state news reported the nation’s air defense systems have been activated, and were firing at an unknown object in Tabriz, around 500 miles north of Isfahan.

    It comes in response to Iran launching a barrage of hundreds of drones and rockets at Israel on Saturday, which was largely thwarted by Israel and its international allies. Isfahan was one of several launch sites used in the attack.

    Biden had warned Israel not to retaliate to Saturday’s strikes and urged them to ‘take the win’ of the foiled Iranian attack.

    Israeli officials warned the Biden administration of its intent to strike before launching, but an official told CNN that the US did not ‘green light’ any Israeli response.

    Several hours after reports of the Israeli strikes emerged, sirens reportedly sounded in northern Israel.

    Flights have been diverted and multiple airports in Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz have been closed following the Israeli attack, and further unconfirmed explosions have reportedly hit Iraq and Syria.

    Although the US military played a central role in halting Iran’s strikes on Saturday, President Biden said he made it ‘very clear’ to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he had to act ‘carefully and strategically.’

    Biden urged Netanyahu to ‘take the win’ of the derailed attack, and cautioned that the US would not participate in any Israeli counter-offensive.

    The Israeli leader brushed off Biden’s warnings, insisting Israel would ‘make its own decisions’ in how to react to Iran’s attack.

    US officials said there was an expectation that if Israel defied warnings, they would not target nuclear or civilian sites.

    The Iranian attack came in retaliation to a suspected Israeli strike on Iran’s consulate in Syria on April 1, which killed 13 people including two generals in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

    As Israel maintained its plans to retaliate on Iran, a senior Iranian official warned that the nation would respond by starting production of nuclear weapons if Israel attacked its nuclear facilities.

    Iran threatened to use ‘weapons it has never used’ if Israel struck, and indicated that it did not wish to continue escalating the conflict unless Israel fired back.

    As the West urged for calmer heads to prevail in the Jewish state, Iranian Parliament’s National Security Committee Abolfazl Amoue stated that Iran is prepared for a ‘painful response’ to the ‘slightest action.’

    On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also cautioned that Iran would strike back at the ‘maximum level’ if Israel fired.

    ‘In case the Israeli regime embarks on adventurism again and takes action against the interests of Iran, the next response from us will be immediate and at a maximum level,’ Amir-Abdollahian told CNN.

    The instability in the region has immediately impacted global oil markets, with brent crude prices increasing above $90 a barrel as news of the Israeli strikes emerged.

    The Islamic republic, which has always insisted its nuclear program is peaceful and denies seeking an atomic bomb, has accused arch foe Israel of sabotage attacks on its facilities and assassinations of nuclear scientists in recent years.

    According to Ahmad Haghtalab, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ head of nuclear protection and security, Iran has ‘identified’ Israeli nuclear centres and holds ‘necessary information of all targets’.

    Israel is widely known to have nuclear weapons but has never admitted so.

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    Meet the 12 Jurors Who Will Decide Trump’s Fate

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    Twelve jurors have been selected and sworn in to serve on the jury for former President Donald Trump’s historic and unprecedented first criminal trial.

    Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, has been charged by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg with 34 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The charges are related to alleged hush money payments made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

    Trump has pleaded not guilty to all counts. He has blasted the trial as pure politics, a “political persecution” and maintains his innocence. The former president is expected to testify during his trial.

    By the end of jury selection on Thursday, the third day of jury selection, 12 jurors had been selected and sworn in. The jury pool so far includes four men and three women, all living in New York City. Their professions included work in law, finance, technology and more.

    “We have our jury,” Judge Juan Merchan said when the 12th juror was picked Thursday afternoon. “Let’s pick our alternates.”

    Merchan dismissed the remaining prospective jurors and asked that they return to court Friday so that alternate jurors could be selected.

    Here is a look at each of the jurors so far.

    Juror #1 and the foreperson

    Juror #1 lives in New York City. He has no children and enjoys doing anything outdoorsy. He gets his news from The New York Times, Daily Mail, Fox News and MSNBC.

    When asked by Trump defense attorney Todd Blanche if he was aware Trump is charged in other cases and jurisdictions, and how that affects him, the man said, “I don’t have an opinion.”

    Juror #2

    Juror #2 is a man who said he follows Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen on “X,” formerly known as Twitter, as well as other “right wing” accounts, including former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

    The reason, he said, he follows those figures was so he could be plugged in to “anything that might move the markets I might need to know about.”

    When asked if he would unfollow Cohen, as he may be a witness in the trial, the man said: “Absolutely.”

    The man also said he has “not seen any evidence” relating to the case.

    “I will try to keep an open mind,” he said.

    Responding to questions from Trump lawyer Susan Necheles about his feelings about the former president, the man said that Trump has done some good for the country.

    “It’s ambivalent,” he said. “It goes both ways.”

    The first person who was labeled juror #2 was excused Thursday morning after saying she could not be a fair juror.

    Juror #3

    Juror #3 is a young to middle-aged man who lives in Manhattan. The man said he grew up in Oregon and has been an attorney for five years practicing corporate law. The man said he enjoys hiking and running, and gets his news from The New York Times and Google.

    Juror #4

    Juror #4 is originally from California, but has lived in New York City for 15 years. The man said he has been a security engineer for 25 years and holds a high school diploma, with some college education.

    The man is married with three children. His wife is a teacher.

    During his spare time, he enjoys being with his children, woodworking and metal working.

    The man said he has served on a jury before — on both a grand jury and a jury in a criminal trial.

    The man said he gets his news from “a smattering” of news sources. As for social media, he said he doesn’t use it.

    The man said he has a relative who works in finance and brothers-in-law that work as lawyers.

    The man said he has no feelings about how Trump is being treated in this case.

    The person who was first labeled as Juror #4 was excused Thursday morning after it was revealed that he had been previously arrested in Westchester, New York, for tearing down right-wing political advertisements.

    Juror #5

    Juror #5 is a young and a New York native who has been a teacher of English Language Arts for eight years.

    The woman was previously a caseworker at a juvenile detention center. She said she has a masters’ degree in education.

    “I’m creative at heart,” she said, adding that she enjoys photography.

    The woman said that she is not married and does not have children. Her mother was an administrative aide for a police department, and her godfather was a homicide detective.

    The woman said she gets her news from Google and TikTok.

    She was asked if Trump chose not to testify, whether she would hold that against him.

    “I won’t hold that against him,” she said.

    She explained that she has friends who have strong opinions on the former president but said she is not a political person and tries to avoid political conversations.

    She did say, however, that she appreciates Trump’s candor.

    “President Trump speaks his mind, and I’d rather that than someone who’s in office who you don’t know what they’re thinking,” she said.

    When jurors were asked if they were aware Trump was charged in other cases than Bragg’s, most jurors were. However, juror #5 raised her hand to indicate that she was learning of additional charges for the first time.

    Juror #6

    Juror #6 is a young woman who lives in Manhattan. She described herself as a New Yorker.

    The woman is a software engineer and said she likes to dance.

    Juror #7

    Juror #7 is originally from North Carolina and works as an attorney and civil litigator.

    The man said he is married with two children, and his wife works in risk management for a bank. He said he enjoys spending time outdoors and with his family.

    The man said he gets his news from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and The Washington Post.

    When asked if his career as a lawyer would impact his ability to serve fair and impartially, or whether his opinions would get in his way, the man said that he does have “political views as to the Trump presidency” and said there were likely Trump administration policies he disagreed with.

    “I don’t know the man and I don’t have any opinions about him personally,” he said.

    As for his career as a lawyer, he said he does not have any opinions about Trump’s character.

    “I certainly follow the news,” he said. “I’m aware there are other lawsuits out there. But I’m not sure that I know anyone’s character.”

    Juror #8

    Juror #8 has been selected. Information on this juror is not yet available.

    Juror #9

    Juror #9 is a woman who lives in Manhattan. She is originally from New Jersey and works as a speech therapist.

    The woman is not married and does not have children. She said she likes to spend time with friends, go to restaurants and go on walks.

    The woman said she has never served on a jury before, and does not watch the news or follow current events too closely. The woman said she did, though, have email subscriptions to CNN and The New York Times. She said she follows social media accounts, listens to podcasts and enjoys reality television.

    The woman said she does not listen to talk radio.

    The woman said she can be fair and impartial. She said she does have opinions about Trump, but said she believes she can put them aside and be fair and impartial.

    Juror #10

    Juror #10 is a man who lives in Manhattan. He was born and raised in Ohio and works in commerce for a large company. The man has a college degree.

    The man said he is not married and has no children, but lives with another adult who works in accounting.

    The man said he enjoys being outdoors and loves animals.

    The man said he does not really follow the news, but listens to podcasts on behavioral psychology.

    The man said he has no strong opinions on how Trump is being treated in this case.

    Juror #11

    Juror #11 has been selected. Information on this juror was not immediately available.

    Juror #12

    Juror #12 has been selected. Information on this juror was not immediately available.

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    US Vetoes Palestine’s Request for Full UN Membership

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    The U.S. vetoed a Palestinian bid to be recognized as a member state of the United Nations during a Security Council vote Thursday evening.

    The final vote on Monday had 12 members of the Security Council vote in favor of the resolution, two abstentions — the U.K. and Switzerland — and the U.S. with the lone veto, effectively killing the measure.

    Before the vote, Vedant Patel, principal deputy spokesperson for the State Department, described as premature an effort by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to gain member status at the U.N.

    He said there was not unanimity among the Security Council’s 15 members that the Palestinian Authority had met the criteria for membership, with unresolved questions over the governance of the Gaza Strip, where Israel is in a war to defeat and eliminate the controlling power, Hamas.

    “And for that reason, the United States is voting no on this proposed Security Council resolution,” Patel said.

    For the Palestinian bid to be successful it would have had to secure nine votes among the Security Council’s 15-member body, and not have any of the five permanent members exercise their veto.

    But the vote tally signaled that the majority of members were putting their support behind the Palestinian measure, despite the U.S. push to promote negotiations as the only pathway for recognition of a Palestinian state.

    If the U.S. had not exercised its veto, a second vote would be taken by the General Assembly to admit the Palestinian Authority as a voting-member under the title of “State of Palestine.”

    The PA launched a bid for statehood recognition at the U.N. earlier this month as part of efforts to legitimize its leadership amid Israel’s war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and escalating unrest in the West Bank, with surging violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

    The U.S. is working on a plan to “revitalize” and “reform” the Palestinian Authority and prepare it for governance of the Gaza Strip. It is part of a larger plan to have Gulf and Arab partners participate in stabilizing Gaza in the aftermath of Israel’s war and establish open ties with Israel.

    “We do not think that actions in New York, even if they are the most well-intentioned, are the best appropriate path,” Patel said.

    “It remains our view that the most expeditious path toward statehood for the Palestinian people is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority with the support of the United States and other partners who share this goal.”

    “It remains our view that the most expeditious path toward statehood for the Palestinian people is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority with the support of the United States and other partners who share this goal.”

    In 2012, the Palestinian Authority secured the status of “non-member observer state” at the U.N., in the face of U.S., Israeli and other countries objecting, arguing that the establishment of a Palestinian state could only occur between direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

    Ziad Abu Amr, special representative of the Palestinian president, said in remarks that recognizing the State of Palestine would not be a substitute “for serious negotiations that are time-bound to implement the two-state solution,” the Associated Press reported.

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    Kennedy Family Endorses Biden

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    Members of the Kennedy family appeared en masse and in force to endorse President Biden at a campaign event in Philadelphia on Thursday.

    It’s a public display of support that reveals a weakness Democrats privately acknowledge: Biden is likely more at risk from Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s third-party challenge than former President Trump is.

    With a substantial number of voters telling pollsters they are dissatisfied with both Biden and Trump, Democrats are increasingly petrified that a Kennedy name on the ballot will throw the election to Trump.

    A similar fear pervaded over the potential No Labels unity ticket. But with those plans scuttled, Biden is turning his focus on the scion of the storied Kennedy family.

    RFK Jr.’s sister, Kerry Kennedy, invoked the legacy of her slain father, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, as well as that of her uncles: former President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.).

    “I can only imagine how Donald Trump’s outrageous lies and behavior would have horrified my father,” she said.

    “President Biden has been a champion for all the rights and freedoms that my father and uncles stood for,” she added.

    Kerry Kennedy lauded Biden’s track record fighting for “working people,” his support for unions, and his efforts to relieve “the debt incurred by middle-and-working class kids trying to get ahead by getting an education.”

    By contrast, if Trump wins he will “incite more chaos, division, and political violence with his extreme agenda,” she said.

    In a veiled dig at her brother’s campaign, Kennedy added that “in 2024 there are only two candidates with any chance of winning the presidency.”

    “What an incredible honor, to have the support of the Kennedy family,” Biden said when he took the stage.

    After Biden’s remarks, Kennedy family members plan to knock on doors and make calls on behalf of the Biden campaign.

    From inflation to abortion, the Biden campaign is seizing every opportunity to make 2024 a choice between two candidates — and two competing visions for America.

    Kennedy’s independent bid threatens that strategy.

    Democrats view anything that turns the election into a referendum on Biden — and gives voters a chance to register their discontent with the status quo — as a grave threat to Biden’s candidacy.

    The event on Thursday is part of an increasingly aggressive effort to take on Kennedy, with most polls showing Trump’s advantage grows with the ex-Democrat’s famous last name on the ballot.

    The Democratic Party is also preparing to fight Kennedy’s attempts to get on the ballot in key swing states, and has hired communications professionals at the DNC with the explicit aim of combatting Kennedy.

    Biden advisers aren’t concerned about Kennedy making deep inroads with Democrats and independents. They’re worried about his effect on the margins in a few key swing states.

    Two of the last three GOP presidential victories — President Bush in 2000 and Trump in 2016 — can partly be explained by the appeal of third-party candidates to disaffected voters.

    The electoral math bolsters those fears.

    Trump’s 2016 margin of victory over Hillary Clinton in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin was smaller than the total number of votes won by Green Party candidate Jill Stein in those states.

    Kennedy is actually sounding a lot more like Trump — with pledges to “seal the border” and appoint a special counsel to review Jan. 6 prosecutions — than a traditional Democrat from a storied family.

    But Republicans are also concerned about Kennedy’s potential crossover appeal, with pro-Trump media abruptly shifting its tone on his candidacy.

    Many Kennedy family members have been critical of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s candidacy.

    Biden posed with dozens of them, including Kerry Kennedy, at a St. Patrick’s Day party at the White House last month.

    Thursday’s event will consolidate that criticism and try to turn it into positive momentum for Biden.

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    Ilhan Omar’s Daughter Arrested, Suspended from College Over Pro-Palestinian Protests

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    The daughter of Minnesota Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar was arrested Thursday while participating in pro-Palestinian protests in New York, and said she was suspended from her private liberal arts college in the city over her participation.

    At a news conference, New York City police confirmed that Isra Hirsi was among the 108 protesters arrested for alleged trespassing.

    The confirmation of Hirsi’s arrest came after comments from Mayor Eric Adams and Police Commissioner Edward Caban, who said Columbia University requested police to respond to the protests, and to “intervene if necessary.”

    Hirsi said she was among a few Barnard College students who were suspended for participating in a “Gaza Solidarity Encampment” at Columbia University.

    Barnard and Columbia are partner schools across the street from each other.

    “i’m an organizer with CU Apartheid Divest @ColumbiaSJP, in my 3 years at @BarnardCollege i have never been reprimanded or received any disciplinary warnings. i just received notice that i am 1 of 3 students suspended for standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing a genocide,” Hirsi posted on X.

    “those of us in Gaza Solidarity Encampment will not be intimidated. we will stand resolute until our demands are met. our demands include divestment from companies complicit in genocide, transparency of @Columbia’s investments and FULL amnesty for all students facing repression,” Hirsi wrote.

    Omar has been an outspoken critic of Israel’s government and an advocate for a permanent cease-fire in Gaza. Omar declined to comment through her spokeswoman.

    Barnard College issued a statement Thursday saying the students had set up an unauthorized encampment on Columbia’s south lawn early Wednesday morning and had been asked to leave multiple times. College staff told the students they would be sanctioned if they didn’t leave, the statement said.

    “This morning, April 18, we started to place identified Barnard students remaining in the encampment on interim suspension, and we will continue to do so,” the college’s statement said.

    Hirsi’s announcement that she was suspended came a day after Columbia University President Nemat Shafik testified before Congress about antisemitism on campus. During that hearing, Omar questioned Shafik about how the college treats protesters. She did not mention her daughter’s role in campus protests.

    “There has been a recent attack on the democratic rights of students across the country. I was appalled to learn that in April, Columbia suspended and evicted six students for their involvement in the pro-Palestinian panel event on campus,” Omar said to Shafik. “It happened that all six students were arbitrarily targeted after the university brought in a team of private and former police investigators. These investigators harassed, intimidated Palestinian students at their homes, demanding to see students’ private text messages.”

    Shafik responded: “This was a very serious case. We had students who on an online call … invited people who were inciting violence, and that is unacceptable. We needed to get to the bottom of it, and so that’s why we brought private investigators, along with notifying the FBI.”

    The panel event that Omar questioned Shafik about appears to have been highly controversial. In a statement in early April, Shafik called the event an “abhorrent breach of our values” and said “it featured speakers who are known to support terrorism and promote violence.”

    “That I would ever have to declare the following is in itself surprising, but I want to make clear that it is absolutely unacceptable for any member of this community to promote the use of terror or violence,” Shafik said in her statement.

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