Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, announced Monday that they are parting ways after nearly three decades of marriage. “After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage,” the pair said in a statement.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is telling associates he had no idea his Justice Department seized phone records of two top Democratic congressional critics of then-President Donald Trump. In the hours since The New York Times broke the news on Thursday that prosecutors subpoenaed Apple metadata from Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA), former Attorney General Sessions has privately told people that he wasn’t aware of, nor was he briefed on, the reported data seizures while he led the Trump DOJ. This week’s revelations were a surprise to him, according to a source familiar with the matter, and another person close to Sessions.
For over a year, Anthony Fauci has been a bogeyman for conservatives, who have questioned his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and accused him of quietly undermining then-President Donald Trump. But those attacks took on a whole new level of vitriol this week, to the point that one social media analysis described it as highly misleading and at least one platform pulled down some posts, citing false content. It all stemmed from a tranche of Fauci’s emails that were published as part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by various news outlets. Within hours of publication, the hashtag #FauciLeaks was trending on Twitter.
Donald Trump has appeared to drop his strongest hint yet at another presidential run in 2024, responding to news of his two-year ban from Facebook on Friday by saying he would not invite Mark Zuckerberg to dinner “next time I’m in the White House”.
US intelligence authorities have not found any evidence that unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen by navy pilots in recent years were otherworldly alien spacecraft– but apparently did not rule it out, either.
Jeff McConney, a senior vice president and controller at the Trump Organization, has testified before a grand jury that was stood up by the Manhattan District Attorney's office to determine if charges should be brought against former President Trump and his company. McConney is one of several witnesses who have testified in front of the grand jury, according to ABC News. His testimony – the first from any employee of the company – indicates that prosecutors have conducted a deep probe into the Trump Organization’s finances.
Facebook is suspending Donald Trump’s account for two years, the company has announced in a highly anticipated decision that follows months of debate over the former president’s future on social media.
The Russian tennis player Yana Sizikova has been arrested in Paris by French police as part of a match-fixing investigation. Sizikova, a 26-year-old doubles specialist, was taken into custody on Thursday night in relation to an investigation dating back to October for sports corruption and organized gang fraud.
Footage of detained journalist Roman Protasevich that aired on Belarusian state television Thursday has raised renewed concerns that he is being coerced to take part in political propaganda under duress. Last month, a Ryanair jet with Protasevich on board was forced to land in Belarus so that authorities could arrest the 26-year-old dissident journalist. Amid international outrage, Protasevich appeared in a short video in which he appeared to confess to organizing “mass riots” — generating skepticism on the part of family members and human rights groups, who said that his demeanor and bruised face made clear that he had been coerced.
The building has stunning Manhattan skyline views, its spa offers deep-tissue massages, and the fancy restaurant off the lobby serves up prime steaks. Best of all, many apartments at the Trump World Tower are selling at a deep discount — assuming the buyer doesn’t mind the name over the door.
Days before the Senate voted down the creation of a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol attack, the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, was adamant: he would oppose the bill, regardless of any amendments – and he expected his colleagues to follow suit. The commission that would have likely found Donald Trump and some Republicans responsible for the insurrection posed an existential threat to the GOP ahead of the midterms, he said, and would complicate efforts to regain the majority in Congress. McConnell’s sharp warning at a closed-door meeting had the desired effect on Friday , when Senate Republicans largely opted to stick with the Senate minority leader.
Nike Inc. and soccer superstar Neymar split ways last year after the company started investigating an allegation by a Nike employee that the Brazilian athlete had sexually assaulted her, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. In August 2020, Nike didn’t publicly give a reason for the early end to its endorsement deal with one of the world’s most recognizable athletes. Nike’s marketing contract with Neymar had another eight years remaining, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have been investigating whether several Ukrainian officials helped orchestrate a wide-ranging plan to meddle in the 2020 presidential campaign, including using Rudolph W. Giuliani to spread their misleading claims about President Biden and tilt the election in Donald J. Trump’s favor, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
An ex-astronaut who killed two young Alabama girls while driving under the influence will spend at least four years behind bars after pleading guilty to manslaughter. James Halsell, 64, of Huntsville, was a Space Shuttle commander who flew five missions. Ten years after retirement, he crashed into another car in Tuscaloosa, leaving Niomi Deona James, 11, and Jayla Latrick Parler, 13, dead.
The death of a San Jose rail transit worker overnight makes Wednesday’s massacre at a rail yard in the California city the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the San Francisco Bay Area. More details emerged on Thursday about the shooting that claimed the lives of 10 people, including the gunman. Santa Clara county sheriff officials identified the shooter at the light rail facility for the Valley Transportation Authority as 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy, a longtime maintenance worker at the facility. Cassidy’s ex-wife said he had talked about killing people at work more than a decade ago. Cassidy shot nine of his co-workers.
The US House of Representatives voted on May 19th to create an independent commission to investigate the invasion of the Capitol building on January 6th. Members voted 252 in favor of, and 175 against, the commission, which was inspired in part by a similar body that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Every Democratic member voted in favor of the bill.
Former President Donald Trump and his onetime personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing them of conspiring to incite the deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol. The lawsuit, brought by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and 10 other House Democrats, accuses the defendants of violating the federal Ku Klux Klan Act on Jan. 6 by fomenting a mob of Trump's supporters to stop Congress from confirming President Joe Biden's electoral victory. Separate motions to dismiss the suit on Thursday argued that Trump's and Giuliani's remarks at a pre-riot rally near the Capitol were protected under the First Amendment.
Four former secretaries of Homeland Security on Thursday urged the Senate to approve an independent commission to investigate the Capitol riots of Jan. 6 as Republicans appear poised to block the creation of such a panel.
The Biden administration has reportedly shut down a discrete State Department operation, launched by former President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to prove the widely-disputed theory that COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, China. CNN reported Tuesday that the current administration ultimately halted the effort over concerns regarding the quality of the inquiry’s work, according to three sources familiar with the decision.
Manhattan prosecutors pursuing a criminal case against former President Donald Trump, his company and its executives have told at least one witness to prepare for grand jury testimony, according to a person familiar with the matter — a signal that the lengthy investigation is moving into an advanced stage. The development suggests that the Manhattan district attorney's office is poised to transition from collecting evidence to presenting what is likely a complex case to a grand jury, one that could result in the jury considering criminal charges.
A gunman opened fire early Wednesday at the light rail yard where he worked in the California Bay Area, fatally shooting at least eight people in the latest spasm of mass gun violence to rock America. The suspected gunman—identified by multiple outlets as 57-year-old Samuel Cassidy — reportedly set his own home ablaze, then drove to the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) rail yard and began shooting during a union meeting around 6:30 a.m. PT. Authorities confirmed the shooter died in the attack, with multiple reports saying he killed himself.
Brad Pitt has been granted joint custody of his children with Angelina Jolie following a lengthy court battle, Page Six has learned. The Oscar winner, 57, has been fighting Jolie, 46, through the courts for nearly five years for equal rights to their six kids. A source close to the issue said it was a “tentative decision,” adding that Jolie is continuing her legal fight.
EU-Pakt beflügelt den Markt
Der Euro notiert weiter deutlich über der Marke von 1,15 Dollar. Höchststand seit Januar vergangenen Jahres. Grund: Die Einigung der EU-Staats- und Regierungschefs auf ein riesiges Finanzpaket. Die Preise für Gold und Silber gehen weiter nach oben. Silber markierte den höchsten Stand seit knapp sieben Jahren. Der Preis für eine Feinunze (31,1 Gramm) stieg um 7,6 Prozent auf 22,97 Dollar. Für eine Feinunze Gold wurden in der Spitze mit 1.868 Dollar 1,7 Prozent mehr bezahlt als am Vortag. Damit rückt das Rekordhoch von 1921 Dollar aus dem Herbst 2011 immer mehr in Reichweite.
Ölreserven werden zum Machtfaktor
China hat im Juni ein Rekordvolumen von 12,9 Millionen Barrel (159 Liter) Rohöl importiert. In den vergangenen drei Monaten stiegen die Importe im Schnitt um 1,5 Millionen Barrel pro Tag im Vergleich zum gleichen Monat im Vorjahr. China hat im Frühjahr Rohöl zu Tiefstpreisen gekauft. Auf Vorrat. Peking ist bekannt dafür, Öl strategisch einzukaufen und auf steigende Preise zu spekulieren. China verfügt über Lagerbestände, die ausreichen, um den gesamten Ölverbrauch des Landes für fast zwei Jahre zu decken. Schlechte Nachrichten für die OPEC.
Preis steigt auf höchsten Stand seit 2016
Silber wird immer beliebter. Am Montag stieg der Preis auf den höchsten Stand seit Herbst 2016: Eine Feinunze (31,1 Gramm) des Edelmetalls kostete bis zu 19,70 US-Dollar. Am Terminmarkt stiegen die Preise einiger Kontrakte auf eine künftige Auslieferung des Metalls über die Marke von 20 Dollar. Silber hat in den vergangenen Wochen stärker als Gold zugelegt. Entsprechend ist das Gold-Silber-Verhältnis, das die beiden Preise gegenüberstellt, spürbar gefallen. Es liegt aber immer noch deutlich über seinem längerfristigen Durchschnitt. Ein weiter steigender Silberpreis ist zu erwarten.
Börsencrash nagt am Vermögen
Deutsche haben zu Beginn der Corona-Krise in der Summe Milliarden verloren. Vor allem der Kurssturz an den Börsen im März ließ das Geldvermögen der privaten Haushalte im Vergleich zum Rekordwert des Vorquartals um 128 Milliarden Euro oder 2,0 Prozent auf 6.337 Milliarden Euro schrumpfen. Das sagt die Deutschen Bundesbank: Die Vermögensverluste sind "in erster Linie auf die Kursstürze am Kapitalmarkt zurückzuführen, die durch die Pandemie und die Unsicherheit über ihre wirtschaftlichen Folgen ausgelöst wurden."
Luxusküchen jetzt in China-Hand
Der Küchenhersteller Poggenpohl kommt in chinesische Hände. Das Unternehmen hatte wegen der Corona-Folgen Insolvenz angemeldet. Der Sanitär- und Küchenarmaturenhersteller Jomoo aus Xiamen wird neuer Eigentümer des deutschen Traditionsunternehmens. Jomoo hat zugesagt, dass der Produktionsstandort in Herford erhalten bleibt. Der Premium-Küchenhersteller beschäftigte zuletzt noch 270 Mitarbeiter. Mitte Juni waren der britische Premiumküchen-Anbieter Lux Group zusammen und die Unternehmerfamilie Wolf als Poggenpohl-Käufer präsentiert worden.