Fires shut Sequoia National Park, could threaten huge trees
Sequoia National Park has been shut down and its namesake gigantic trees are potentially threatened as forest fires burn in steep and dangerous terrain in California’s Sierra Nevada
Over 284,000 customers in Texas without power from Storm Nicholas
More than 284,000 homes and businesses in Texas were still without power on Tuesday afternoon as utilities started restoring service faster than Tropical Storm Nicholas caused new outages, according to local utilities. That is down from a peak of 529,000 customers out in Texas Tuesday morning. The center of Nicholas was located about 30 miles (55 kilometers) southeast of Houston and could cause life-threatening flash floods across the Deep South during the next couple of days, according to the US National Hurricane Center
Virginia and Wisconsin report measles cases among refugees
Six people who recently traveled to the United States after fleeing the Taliban in Afghanistan have been diagnosed with measles, officials said Tuesday. The cases in Virginia and Wisconsin are being reported four days after the US halted in-bound flights of Afghan evacuees following the discovery of a few cases of measles among new arrivals.
Ex-Detroit police chief enters governor race amid protest
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig formally announced his campaign for governor Tuesday, but not before protesters derailed his kickoff event at a state park and forced him to move. He effectively has been running for months but waited to make it official. He is among 10 Republicans, all of them political newcomers, looking to unseat Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2022. He and two others _ former conservative media host Tudor Dixon and chiropractor Garrett Soldano _ appear best positioned for the primary next August while many others may not be able to qualify for the ballot.
US Treasury suspends changes to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac share agreements
The Treasury Department on Tuesday said it had suspended changes to the government’s stake in housing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac imposed in the final days of the Trump administration. Those changes would have allowed the pair to begin to retain profits with an eye toward eventually exiting government control. The Treasury said the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates the pair, is now reviewing those changes and consulting with Treasury on future revisions.
‘Broadway is back’: New York celebrates return of hit shows
Broadway celebrated the return of some of its biggest musicals on Tuesday after an 18-month coronavirus shutdown, a landmark moment in New York’s post-pandemic recovery. “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “The Lion King” and “Chicago” were all resuming performances, to the delight, and relief, of the industry and theater lovers.
Woman tied to dog dragged to death by San Francisco train
A woman who had a dog tethered to her waist with a leash was dragged to death by a train in San Francisco, transit officials said Tuesday. The woman had boarded a Bay Area Rapid Transit train at Powell Station with her dog and as the doors were about to close she stepped out but the dog stayed on the train. As the train took off, she was dragged, pulled onto the tracks and killed Monday, BART officials said in a statement. The dog was not injured.
White House encouraging state, local Covid-19 vaccine mandates
The Biden administration is advocating for state and local leaders to enact Covid-19 vaccine mandates, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters on Tuesday. Read full story
Man arrested at DNC with knives made comment about race: police
A California man arrested with multiple knives in his truck near the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington made a comment about race during his arrest, police said in a court filing made public on Tuesday. Read full story
Indiana Marine killed in Afghanistan remembered as hero
A 22-year-old U.S. Marine from Indiana has been remembered as a hero during a funeral in his hometown
US stocks close lower on worries over recovery, corporate tax hikes
Wall Street lost ground on Tuesday as economic uncertainties and the increasing likelihood of a corporate tax rate hike dampened investor sentiment and offset signs of easing inflation. Optimism faded throughout the session, reversing an initial rally following the Labor Department’s consumer price index report. All three major US stock indexes ended in negative territory in a reminder that September is a historically rough month for stocks.
American hacker mercenaries face US charges for work in UAE
Three former US intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, face federal charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws, according to Justice Department court documents filed on Tuesday.
US President Biden turns to Colorado to pitch investments in clean energy
While legislators craft the details back in Washington, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package with a visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado to highlight how the investments in clean energy in his plan would help combat climate change. Read full story
Blinken defense of Afghan policy clouded by al-Qaida warning
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday sought to parry bipartisan congressional criticism of the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal, as new intelligence estimates warned that al-Qaida could soon again use Afghan soil to plot attacks on the United States. Read full story
Biden nominates first LGBT woman to federal circuit court
President Joe Biden is nominating a Vermont judge who played a critical role in paving the way for the legalization of same-sex marriage to become the first openly LGBT woman to serve on any federal circuit. Read full story
Democrats’ tax plan would cut bills for most Americans: congressional estimate
U.S. tax code changes sought by Democrats in the House of Representatives to help fund $3.5 trillion in domestic investments would cut annual tax bills for Americans earning less than $200,000 a year through 2025, a congressional estimate showed on Tuesday.
Louisiana grain terminal reopens after Hurricane Ida as Nicholas rains arrive
Another grain export terminal near Louisiana’s Gulf Coast shuttered for two weeks by Hurricane Ida restarted operations this week even as heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas battered the region on Tuesday.
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Missouri cave with ancient Native American drawings sold
A Missouri cave containing Native American artwork from more than 1,000 years ago was sold at auction Tuesday, disappointing leaders of the Osage Nation who hoped to buy the land to “protect and preserve our most sacred site.” A bidder agreed to pay $2.2 million from private owners for what’s known as “Picture Cave,“ along with the 43 hilly acres that surround it near the town of Warrenton, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of St. Louis.
Iowa State suspends crew club after inquiry into drownings
Iowa State University has announced that its student crew club must stay off the water at least for now after an inquiry faulted the university and the club’s leaders in the drowning deaths of two members. The Ames Tribune reports that Iowa State made the announcement Monday when it released the preliminary findings of a pair of investigations into the March 28 deaths of 20-year-old Yaakov Ben-David and 19-year-old Derek Nanni. The suspension of the crew club will last for at least the remainder of the current school year while health and safety measures are adopted.