President Joe Biden’s choice to head the Securities and Exchange Commission is coming before a Senate panel for his confirmation hearing at a moment when a roiling stock-trading drama has spurred clamor for tighter regulation of Wall Street. Gary Gensler, a chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission during the Obama administration, has experience as a tough markets regulator during the financial crisis. Biden’s selection of Gensler to lead the SEC signals a goal of turning the Wall Street watchdog agency toward an activist role after a deregulatory stretch during the Trump administration.
FBI Director Chris Wray is set to testify for the first time since the deadly Jan. 6 deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, with lawmakers likely to press him on whether the bureau adequately communicated with other law enforcement agencies about the potential for violence that day. Questions about the FBI's preparations for the riot, and investigations into it, are expected to dominate Wray's appearance Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The violence at the Capitol made clear that a law enforcement agency that revolutionized itself after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to deal with international terrorism is now scrambling to address homegrown violence from white Americans.
Democrats' hopes of including a minimum wage increase in their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill seemed all but dead as the Senate prepared to debate its own version of the House-passed aid package. Four days after the chamber’s parliamentarian said Senate rules forbid inclusion of a straight-out minimum wage increase in the relief measure, Democrats on Monday seemed to have exhausted their most realistic options for quickly salvaging the pay hike. “At this moment, we may not have a path but I hope we can find one” for pushing the federal pay floor to $15 an hour, said No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Richard Durbin of Illinois.
He lost the challenger final to Ukraine's Illya Marchenko, who was ranked 212th at the time, and then went down to 83rd-ranked Belarussian Egor Gerasimov on his return to the ATP Tour in Montpellier. Murray was on the verge of another early exit on Monday in the ATP event in Rotterdam but rallied from 0-3 down in the deciding set to beat 193rd ranked Robin Haase 2-6 7-6(2) 6-3 in a match lasting over two-and-half-hours. It was the first Tour-level win since August for Murray, who is currently ranked 123rd after sliding down the rankings due to two hip operations.
Police on Tuesday ruled out investigating an unnamed Australian Cabinet minister over an allegation that he raped a 16-year-old girl more than 30 years ago. The decision by New South Wales state police adds pressure on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to establish an independent investigation to examine the accusation. The rape allegation was contained in an anonymous letter sent to the prime minister’s office and to three female lawmakers last week.
Volvo's entire car line-up will be fully electric by 2030, the Chinese-owned company said on Tuesday, joining a growing number of carmakers planning to phase out fossil-fuel engines by the end of this decade. "I am totally convinced there will no customers who really want to stay with a petrol engine," Volvo Chief Executive Håkan Samuelsson told reporters when asked about future demand for electric vehicles. "We are convinced that an electric car is more attractive for customers."
Stunned Jiangsu FC fans are holding out hope that new backers will come to the rescue of the Chinese Super League (CSL) champions after the club was sensationally shut down by owners Suning this week. The Suning Group, who bought Jiangsu in late 2015 and who also own Italian Serie A club Inter Milan, announced on Sunday the club would cease operations with immediate effect. Backed by Suning's cash, Jiangsu were able to bring world-class talent to Nanjing - at one stage making a bid to lure Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.
The lights dim, as at the start of any theatre performance, and the audience leans forward to look through a letter-box slot or peephole in the door in front of them as the performers break out into dance. Japanese dance company Moonlight Mobile Theater has come up with a novel way of bringing people back to their avant-garde performances while maintaining social distancing. "We intentionally created small holes and slots resembling mailbox slots," said Nobuyoshi Asai, the theatre's artistic director and choreographer, explaining how limiting the scope of viewing allows the audience to become more absorbed in the performance.
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The plane laden with vaccines had just rolled to a stop at Santiago’s airport in late January, and Chile’s president, Sebastián Piñera, was beaming. The source of that hope: China – a country that Chile and dozens of other nations are depending on to help rescue them from the COVID-19 pandemic. China’s vaccine diplomacy campaign has been a surprising success: It has pledged roughly half a billion doses of its vaccine to more than 45 countries, according to a country-by-country tally by The Associated Press.
A teacher accused of molesting his former male student testified that Jesus had come to him in a dream and told him to treat the alleged victim as a son.
The United States is focused on "future conduct" of Saudi Arabia and will expect Riyadh to improve its human rights record, a U.S. spokesman said on Monday, after Washington imposed sanctions on some Saudis for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi but fell short of sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The United States on Friday declassified a report that said the crown prince approved an operation in 2018 to capture or kill Khashoggi and issued some sanctions against Saudi nationals and entities. Prince Mohammed, the 35-year old de facto ruler, has denied any involvement in Khashoggi’s killing, for which eight people were jailed in Saudi Arabia last year, but has said he bears ultimate responsibility because it happened on his watch.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 ― Sharp Electronics Malaysia Sdn Bhd has raised over RM400,000 through its Malaysia Tabah 2021 initiative to help frontliners and Malaysians affected by the Covid-19 pandemic....
In a shakeup at ABC News, David Muir will now lead breaking news coverage for the network, including nationally important news and special reports, alongside his continuing “World News Tonight” anchor duties, an individual with knowledge of the matter tells TheWrap. ABC News declined to comment. The shift comes following a huge year for Muir, who has anchored “World News Tonight” since 2014. For the last 5 years the show has been the most-watched newscast in America, and it was consistently the number one rated news program in the U.S. in 2020, driven by ANC News coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic. “World News Tonight With David Muir” won the 2019-2020 season over its broadcast competitors in every major demo, including total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. Meanwhile George Stephanopoulos, anchor on “This Week” and “Good Morning America” will handle such items during the morning. Stephanopoulos was previously known as ABC News’ chief anchor, but the title will no longer be used for any of the network’s on air personnel. Also Read: Ratings: ABC's 'The Hustler' Finale Stays Steady, CBS' 'B Positive' Hits Series High in Viewers Stephanopoulos previously served in the role Muir is taking over, Under the new arrangement, he’ll be taking on new roles on the production side of things, which will include creating 4 hour-long specials that will air in primetime. He’ll also be creating programming for Hulu and National Geographic, both of which are owned by ABC parent company Disney. According to CNN, which first reported on the new arrangement, both Muir and Stephanopoulos have been signed to new long-term contracts. The shakeup comes a month after it was announced that ABC News president James Goldston will step down March 31, ending a 17-year tenure with the network, 7 of which he served in his current role. Disney has not yet named his replacement. ABC News saw layoffs said to be in the single digits at the end of 2020, as part of ongoing cuts across the Walt Disney Company caused by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read original story David Muir to Head Up Breaking News Duties for ABC News At TheWrap
A “cheeky” little tree snake was pulled from a garden statue in Tewantin, Queensland, by a local snake catcher.Noosa-based snake catcher Luke Huntley took the statue from a residence when he was called to another emergency job, planning to remove the snake and return it to the Tewantin retirement village, where it belonged.The video shows Huntley hosing the statue to give the snake some “gentle encouragement” and flush the reptile out. The snake pops its head out of the statue before the catcher is able to get a hold of it for a safe removal.“The ornament had been sitting out the front of their house for 20+ years so breaking it wasn’t an option,” Huntley told Storyful.“Little bit of coaxing and I got the little fella out. So now the snake goes back out to the bush and the ornament I can return ‘snake free’ back to its owners.” Credit: Snake Catcher Noosa via Storyful
The Philippines has documented six cases of the South African coronavirus variant, its health ministry said on Tuesday, raising concern among its experts that the current vaccines might be less effective. The Philippines started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Monday, an important milestone for a country among the hardest hit by the pandemic in Asia, but the discovery of another variant could complicate its recovery effort. "While there is no evidence that this variant causes more severe disease, the pattern of mutations within this variant suggests higher transmissibility and may have an impact on vaccine efficacy," the health ministry said in a statement.
Heavy rain caused flooding in eastern Kentucky on Monday, March 1, wreaking havoc across the state as buildings and homes were inundated with water.This video shows heavy flooding along the South Fork Kentucky River in Booneville.The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the area, cautioning locals to avoid attempting to travel through floodwaters. Credit: Timothy Dobson via Storyful
Jakobsen was put in a medically induced coma last August after a collision with Dylan Groenewegen as they sprinted to the finish on the first stage of the race. The 24-year-old crashed into the barriers and collided with a race official. "He's going to come back at a very high level," former world champion Cavendish said.
It's been dismissed as immoral, outdated and reality TV kitsch. It's also hailed as Italy's national treasure, a song festival that captures the soul of the country each year.
A Cambodian court has convicted and sentenced the exiled leader and eight senior members of the country's banned opposition party to more than 20 years in prison, effectively barring them from ever returning home. The decision made by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court late Monday was condemned by the head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, or CNRP, human rights organizations and the U.S. Embassy. The trial was held in absentia, as all the party leaders are living abroad.