Alison McBlain died from “terrible, unsurvivable injuries” after being struck by a Fiat Punto and flung 42ft down the street.
Alison McBlain died from “terrible, unsurvivable injuries” after being struck by a Fiat Punto and flung 42ft down the street.
Jordan Reed suffered seven documented concussions during his seven seasons in the NFL, including one that kept him out of the entire 2019 season.
UN climate envoy Mark Carney and U.S. peer John Kerry on Wednesday announced a new plan to boost efforts by the financial system to help move the global economy to net zero greenhouse gas emissions. While many large banks, insurers and asset managers have started to commit to some form of action, the frameworks used can differ and some are not rooted in climate science or backed up by interim targets between now and 2050. To help fix the problem, the new group - Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) - will bring existing net zero initiatives together under one umbrella to help ensure all sub-sector efforts are consistent and ambitious.
"She is really wonderful and so kind — just as kind as everyone says she is," the cookbook author said of the Duchess of Sussex
Japan's government is considering a state of emergency for Tokyo and Osaka as new COVID-19 case numbers surge, broadcaster NHK reported on Wednesday, a move that would enable the giant cities to impose curbs to try to stop infections spreading. With thousands of new cases resulting from highly infectious strains of the virus, the government is expected to declare the state of emergency this week for the capital and Osaka, Japan's second-biggest city, as well as the latter's neighbouring Hyogo prefecture, a number of domestic media outlets reported. Japan has so far avoided the kind of explosive spread of the pandemic that has plagued many Western countries, with total cases so far at about 540,000 and a death toll of 9,707.
Relief, even if fleeting and momentary, is a feeling that Black Americans have rarely known in America: From slavery to Jim Crow segregation to enduring punishments for living while Black, a breath of fresh air untainted by oppression has long been hard to come by. The fate of Chauvin -- found guilty of murder and manslaughter for holding a knee to Floyd’s neck, choking off his breathing until he went limp last May -- showed Black Americans and their compatriots once again that the legal system is capable of valuing Black lives. Or at least it can hold one white police officer in Minnesota accountable for what many declared an unambiguous act of murder months ago.
During Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue for Tuesday night’s “Late Show,” the host delivered a statement reflecting on former police officer Derek Chauvin’s three-count conviction in the murder of George Floyd. “Just before the taping of our show today, the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin. He was found guilty on all three […]
As India’s Covid crisis worsens, getting a hospital bed is becoming a stroke of luck for many. In the last 45 days, over 55% of Indians had to use connections and clout to get a covid ICU bed, according to a survey of over 17,000 citizens across 309 districts by community-led social media platform LocalCircles. A meagre 13% of those who needed a Covid ICU bed were able to get it through the routine process.
There is no collective decision-making. May 2014 onwards, this has become a one-person government, Chidambaram said.
DENVER — C.J. Cron homered and drove in five runs, Jon Gray pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Houston Astros 6-2 on Tuesday night. Dom Nuñez also hit a home run for the Rockies, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Astros. Carlos Correa and Aledmys Díaz had RBI doubles for the Astros, who have lost eight of nine. Gray (2-1) had some control issues, walking four in his 6 2/3 innings, but allowed just three hits and one run. He struck out six and benefited from a defence that turned three double plays. Houston starter Luis Garcia (0-1) was trying to protect a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth when he gave up a two-out bloop single to Trevor Story. Garcia then threw what initially was called a wild pitch by plate umpire Ryan Wills. But the Rockies challenged and a replay review determined that the pitch had brushed Charlie Blackmon’s shin, and he was awarded first base. Bryan Abreu relieved and Cron greeted him by lining a double over the head of centre fielder Myles Straw, scoring Story and Blackmon to put the Rockies up by one. Cron connected off reliever Joe Smith in the bottom of the eighth for his first homer of the season, a three-run shot that sailed into the left-field bleachers. Nuñez hit a solo shot in the seventh off Ryne Stanek. Garcia went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs and three hits. He struck out six. MINOR LEAGUE DEAL The Astros’ acquisition of the minor league Sugar Land Skeeters was approved Tuesday by local officials in the Texas city. The action finalized the Astros' acquisition of a majority interest in the team, which will serve as their Triple-A affiliate. The city and the Astros also agreed to a lease extension keeping the club at Constellation Field through 2045. TRAINER’S ROOM Astros: INF Alex Bregman, C Martin Maldonado, DH Yordan Alvarez and INF Robel Garcia have rejoined the club after being activated from the COVID-19 injured list (health and safety protocols). C Garrett Stubbs was optioned to the team's alternate training site, and INF Alex De Goti and OF Ronnie Dawson were returned to the alternate site. INF Taylor Jones was placed on the injured list. ... INF Jeremy Pena, one of Houston’s top prospects, is slated to undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a left wrist injury he suffered at the alternate training site. He is expected to be sidelined about five months. UP NEXT Astros: RHP José Urquidy (0-1, 4.50 ERA) is set to make his fourth start of the season and first of his career against Colorado in Wednesday’s series finale. Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (0-2, 3.52 ERA), who arrived in Colorado as part of the trade that sent Nolan Arenado to St. Louis, seeks his first win as a member of the Rockies. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Dennis Georgatos, The Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Olson hit a grand slam, Mitch Moreland homered twice to back Sean Manaea's shutout, and Jesús Luzardo followed with his own Game 2 gem as the Oakland Athletics swept a doubleheader against the depleted Minnesota Twins, 7-0 and 1-0 on Tuesday to run their winning streak to 10 games. The nightcap featured a delay of 24 minutes because of a light bank in left field that lost power. Luzardo stayed loose under the (limited) lights and the ballpark DJ played Simon & Garfunkel's “Sound of Silence” and Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City.” Only part of the light bank eventually came back on. The left-handed Luzardo allowed two hits over 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and walked one. Lou Trivino retired former A's star Josh Donaldson on a called third strike to end the sixth with the tying run on third following a wild pitch. Jake Diekman finished for his first save with two runners on, getting a great catch from Mark Canha at the warning track in left to finish it on a deep fly by Willians Astudillo. “I’m just glad it wasn’t too dark for Mark to catch that ball right there,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. Although both games were only seven innings, the A’s earned shutouts in both ends of a doubleheader for the first time since Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter did so facing the Royals on Sept. 9, 1974. The Dodgers were the last to accomplish it in the majors, on Aug. 27 last year against the Giants. In the opener, Moreland connected for a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo drive in the fourth off Matt Shoemaker (1-1). Manaea (2-1) allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one over seven innings, throwing 95 pitches for his second career complete game and shutout — the lefty no-hit the Red Sox at home on April 21, 2018. This outing was right up there with his best, and Manaea has become more comfortable with his distinct pitching style. “As much as I want to be a guy throwing 100, that's not me,” Manaea said. “I got to utilize what I have and what I bring to the table. That's kind of freeing in a way, just accepting who I am as a pitcher. Just utilizing what I have, and what I have is pretty good.” Luzardo (1-1) — the eighth lefty starter Minnesota has faced in 11 games — brilliantly followed Manaea, and the A's got Seth Brown's RBI single in the fourth off right-hander José Berríos (2-2). In Game 1, Olson made it 7-0 with his fourth-inning slam through a blustery wind. “It really helps when guys are hitting bombs like that and getting on base and then hitting bombs just makes it even better," Manaea said. “It makes the game a little bit easier what that's going on.” The A's own the longest winning streak in the majors this year, topping Boston, which won nine in a row from April 5-14. Oakland is 11-1 since starting the season 0-6. Minnesota finally got back on the field following three postponements because of COVID-19 protocols. The Twins' scheduled series opener in Oakland was delayed, forcing the doubleheader. Minnesota missed games Saturday and Sunday against the Angels in Anaheim. The Twins have had at least four positive coronavirus tests in the past week — Andrelton Simmons, Kyle Garlick, Max Kepler and a team staff member. “We want to get out there and be safe and we want to get out there and play baseball,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. The games drew 3,322 fans on a chilly Bay Area night. TRYING TIMES Minnesota, which also spent pregame time Tuesday closely monitoring the Derek Chauvin verdict back home in the case of George Floyd’s killing last year, was eager to get back to playing baseball. During this trying stretch, the Twins also dealt with the death of bench coach Mike Bell last month. Baldelli called this “one of the most emotional periods of time that I’ve spent in the game, and I mean that in a pretty broad-spanning way.” SOUVENIR BALLS A’s fans Mike Floyd and Rodrigo Donor, both seated in section 215, secured consecutive foul balls from Stephen Piscotty in the fourth of the first game. "That’s crazy, you don’t see that a lot,” Donor, of San Bruno, said. “This is my first foul ball ever,” said Oakland’s Floyd. TRAINER'S ROOM Twins: Kepler is out with COVID-19, Baldelli said before the doubleheader. Kepler and others remain quarantined in Anaheim hotel. LHP Caleb Thielbar is there and out as a close contact. Those with positive tests are experiencing only mild symptoms, according to Baldelli. Athletics: Oakland reinstated LHP Reymin Guduan from the injured list and he was added as the 27th man for the doubleheader. ... OF Piscotty returned from the paternity list. The A's designated OF Ka’ai Tom for assignment. “We'd like to keep him obviously but at this time there just weren't very many at-bats for him,” manager Bob Melvin said. ... LHP A.J. Puk has played catch but “hasn't felt great yet, he's felt some lingering stuff,” Melvin said. Puk is yet to throw off a mound as he works back from a strained biceps in his pitching arm. ... RHP Mike Fiers (right hip) was set to throw for the last time with the club's alternate site and if all goes well could be activated soon. ... OF/INF Chad Pinder, sidelined by a sprained left knee, is still working to add more baseball activities. UP NEXT On Wednesday, RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 3.07) pitches for Minnesota and the A's counter with RHP Frankie Montas (2-1, 4.91). ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Janie McCauley, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that "it's not enough.” Biden spoke Tuesday from the White House hours after the verdict alongside Vice-President Kamala Harris, with the pair saying the country’s work is far from finished with the verdict. “We can’t stop here," Biden declared. Biden and Harris called on Congress to act swiftly to address policing reform, including by approving a bill named for Floyd, who died with his neck under Chauvin’s knee last May. Beyond that, the president said, the entire country must confront hatred to “change hearts and minds as well as laws and policies.” “‘I can’t breathe.’ Those were George Floyd’s last words,” Biden said. “We can’t let those words die with him. We have to keep hearing those words. We must not turn away. We can’t turn away.” Harris, the first Black woman to serve as vice-president, said racism was keeping the country from fulfilling its founding promise of “liberty and justice for all.” “It is not just a Black America problem or a people of colour problem. it is a problem for every American,” she said. “It is holding our nation back from reaching our full potential.” “A measure of justice isn’t the same as equal justice,” she said. Biden addressed the nation after telephoning Floyd’s family following the verdict, telling them, “We’re all so relieved.” He added later that he sought to comfort Floyd’s young daughter Gianna, telling her, “Daddy did change the world.” After about 10 hours of deliberations over two days, the jury convicted Chauvin of two counts of murder and one of manslaughte r. The verdict — and the aftermath — will be a continuing test for Biden. He has pledged to help combat racism in policing, helping African Americans who supported him in large numbers in last year's election in the wake of protests that swept the nation after Floyd’s death and restarted a national conversation about race. But he also has long projected himself as an ally of police, who are struggling with criticism about long-used tactics and training methods and difficulties in recruitment. Earlier Tuesday, Biden broke his administration’s silence on the trial, which has set the nation on edge for weeks, saying he was praying for “the right verdict.” Speaking from the Oval Office while the jury was deliberating in Minneapolis, Biden said, “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. I think it’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.” The president had repeatedly denounced Floyd’s death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on Chauvin’s trial, with White House officials saying it would be improper to speak out during active judicial proceedings. On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly refused to explain Biden’s comments, doing nothing to dispel the impression that he thought Chauvin should be found guilty. The White House had been privately weighing how to handle the verdict, dispatching specially trained community facilitators from the Justice Department in anticipation of potential protests, officials said. With word that a verdict had been reached Tuesday afternoon, Biden postponed planned remarks at the White House on his infrastructure package. On Monday, Judge Peter Cahill, who presided over the trial, admonished public officials about speaking out while the trial was ongoing. “I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that’s disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function,” he said shortly after sending the jury to begin deliberations. Defence attorneys often cite remarks made by public officials as a reason to appeal a verdict, in part because they could poison the jury against the defendant. Cahill delivered his rebuke after rejecting a defence request for a mistrial based in part on comments from California Rep. Maxine Waters, who said “we’ve got to get more confrontational” if Chauvin isn’t convicted of murder. He conceded to Chauvin’s attorneys that Waters’ comments could potentially be grounds for an appeal. On Monday, Cahill ordered that jurors be sequestered in an undisclosed hotel during their deliberations and instructed them to avoid all news about the case. Despite Cahill’s remarks, Brock Hunter, a criminal defence attorney and past president of the Minnesota Association of Criminal Defence Lawyers, said he considered a successful appeal over remarks like Waters’ and Biden’s extremely unlikely. “It’s inevitable that public officials are going to comment on a case and its impacts on communities,” he said. “Unless there is direct evidence that statements by a public official directly impacted a juror or jurors, I don’t think this even gets off the ground.” On Capitol Hill, Republicans as well as Democrats said they were relived at the verdict and predicted it could give momentum to policing reform legislation that has been proposed in both the House and Senate. “I think the verdict just reinforces that our justice system continues to become more just,” said Tim Scott of South Carolina, the only Black Republican senator. “This is a monumental day in many ways, in my opinion.” The Congressional Black Caucus watched the verdict together in the Capitol, and members hugged and fist pumped after the verdict was read. “The room was filled with emotion and gratitude,” said Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson. “Black lives mattered to this jury. And I’m very gratified at the verdict, very happy at the swiftness of the verdict. ... It’s a vindication of justice in America.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the Black Caucus shortly afterward at a news conference outside, where she said she had spoken to Floyd’s family just before the verdict. She said she called “to say to them, ‘Thank you, God bless you, for your grace and your dignity, for the model that you are appealing for justice in the most dignified way.’” ___ Associated Press writers Colleen Long, Doug Glass, Mary Clare Jalonick, Lisa Mascaro, Alan Fram and Kevin Freking contributed to this report. —- Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd Jonathan Lemire, Zeke Miller And Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press
CHICAGO — The only way for 13-year-old Adam Toledo to get justice, activists say, is with a federal probe into the Chicago police officer who shot him during a foot chase down a darkened alley. About a dozen people gathered Tuesday at a legal office in the heart of a Latino neighbourhood, near Little Village where the boy was shot last month, to ask the Justice Department to get involved. “We cannot leave it up to the police department to investigate itself and expect meaningful reforms,” said attorney and activist Arturo Jáuregui. “That has never worked in the past and will not work now.” Calls like this have grown for federal investigations into recent police killings across the nation since President Joe Biden took office and said he believes racial disparities in policing must change. The family of a child shot dead by police in 2014 have also recently asked the Justice Department to reopen that case. After motorist Daunte Wright was killed by a Minnesota police officer earlier this month, there were also calls for federal authorities to step in. And although former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of George Floyd, a federal investigation in the case is ongoing. The U.S. Justice Department, though working under an administration with very different priorities, is still bound by the same laws that present a high bar for bringing federal charges. And that may leave victims' families disappointed. Still, the department is shifting its priorities to focus more on civil rights issues, criminal justice overhauls and policing policies. Attorney General Merrick Garland has declared there isn't yet equal justice under the law. As the jury deliberated after a three-week trial, Biden said of Floyd's family: “They’re a good family, and they’re calling for peace and tranquility, no matter what that verdict is. I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict. It’s overwhelming, in my view. I wouldn’t say that unless the jury was sequestered now.” Three weeks ago in Chicago, 400 miles (600 kilometres) away, Officer Eric Stillman, who is white, was responding to a call of shots fired around 3 a.m. when he chased Adam, who was Latino. Bodycam video released last week shows the boy appearing to drop a handgun and begin raising his hands less than a second before Stillman fires his gun and kills him. The bodycam footage later shows Stillman shining a light on a handgun on the ground near the boy. The video prompted grief and demonstrations in Chicago, a city with a history of police misconduct and distrust between police and the community, especially Black and Latino residents. The Justice Department hasn’t said yet whether it will look into any of the recent cases. To bring federal civil rights charges, federal prosecutors must prove that an officer’s actions willfully broke the law and were not simply the result of a mistake, negligence or bad judgment. It has been a consistently tough burden for federal prosecutors to meet across both Democratic and Republican administrations. To prove a crime, prosecutors would need to convince a jury that the force used was more than what would be reasonably necessary to arrest or subdue a suspect, meaning convincing jurors that, in the middle of an arrest, the officer made a clear and wilful decision to cause someone’s death. That was a burden of proof that prosecutors said they couldn’t meet in other high-profile cases in recent years, including in the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City, Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Tamir's family, citing the administration change in Washington, asked the Justice Department last week to reopen the case into the death of the 12-year-old Black boy, who was playing with a toy gun when he was shot dead. The officers involved weren't indicted, and the case was closed in the waning weeks of the Trump administration. “I’m still in so much pain because no one has been held accountable for the criminal act that took his life,” the boy's mother, Samaria Rice, said in a statement. “I’m asking DOJ to reopen the investigation into my son’s case; we need an indictment and conviction for Tamir’s death.” Advocates are also pushing for an expansion of another federal option — its use of pattern and practice investigations, sweeping probes of police departments. But Chicago, where 13-year-old Adam was shot, is already under a consent decree following just such a probe that found a record of racism and abuse by Chicago police going back decades. The city agreed to changes in the agreement approved in 2019 by a federal judge. The investigation was prompted by the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald, a Black 17-year-old, by a white officer. Jason Van Dyke was later convicted of murder for shooting the teen 16 times, video of which the city fought to suppress. An independent monitor’s report last month showed that the city has made some progress on putting changes in place, but that significant work remains undone. As advocates push for the Justice Department to expand its frequency of major probes of police departments, Garland issued a memo this month easing restrictions placed on the use of consent decrees. By doing so, the Justice Department made it easier for its prosecutors to use the tool to force changes at police departments and other government agencies accused of widespread abuse and misconduct. The Garland memo rescinded a previous version issued by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, shortly before he resigned in November 2018, that seriously curtailed use of the decrees and required the signoff of top department officials before they could be implemented. In Chicago, attorney Jáuregui said the community doesn't trust the police but believes the Justice Department will see the case through. "We believe the attorney general, Merrick Garland, that he’s a good man, and we believe that he understands the needs of our community.” ___ Balsamo reported from New York and Long from Washington. Sara Burnett, Michael Balsamo And Colleen Long, The Associated Press
Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn is drastically scaling back a planned $10 billion factory in Wisconsin, confirming its retreat from a project that former U.S. President Donald Trump once called "the eighth wonder of the world." Under a deal with the state of Wisconsin announced on Tuesday, Foxconn will reduce its planned investment to $672 million from $10 billion and cut the number of new jobs to 1,454 from 13,000. The Foxconn-Wisconsin deal was first announced to great fanfare at the White House in July 2017, with Trump boasting of it as an example of how his "America first" agenda could revive U.S. tech manufacturing.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans. The 50% target would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment and help the Biden administration prod other countries for ambitious emissions cuts as well. The proposal would require dramatic changes in the power and transportation sectors, including significant increases in renewable energy such as wind and solar power and steep cuts in emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and oil. The nonbinding but symbolically important pledge is a key element of the two-day summit, which begins Thursday as world leaders gather online to share strategies to combat climate change. The emissions target has been eagerly awaited by all sides of the climate debate. It will signal how aggressively Biden wants to move on global warming, a divisive and expensive issue that has riled Republicans to complain about job-killing government overreach even as some on the left worry Biden has not gone far enough to address a profound threat to the planet. The three people who know about the White House plans spoke on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because they were not authorized to discuss the pledge ahead of Biden's announcement. Biden has sought to ensure that the 2030 goal, known as a Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC, is aggressive enough to have a tangible impact on climate change efforts — not only in the U.S. but throughout the world — while also being achievable under a closely divided Congress. The climate target is a key requirement of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which Biden rejoined on his first day in office. It’s also an important marker as Biden moves toward his ultimate goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Scientists, environmental groups and even business leaders had called on Biden to set a target that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. “Wow. That’s ambition with a capital A," Georgia Tech climate scientist Kim Cobb said Tuesday after learning of Biden's plans. “That target would put us roughly in line with the most ambitious emissions reductions targets” projected by scientists and environmentalists. Cobb, like other experts, said details of Biden's strategy will be crucial, “because those details will likely determine whether this ambitious new goal can be translated into policy. The clock is ticking fast, environmentally and politically.” Pennsylvania State University climate scientist Michael Mann said the 50% goal “is precisely what is needed ... an actionable goal within the next decade that puts us on the path toward limiting warming below a catastrophic 1.5 degrees Celsius'' globally. The climate summit that Biden is hosting is among his first international actions since the United States officially returned to the Paris accord. The U.S. withdrawal from the global pact under former President Donald Trump was part of Trump's effort to step away from global allegiances in general and his oft-stated but false view that global warming was a hoax or at least an overstated claim by the world’s scientists. Biden, by contrast, has made action on climate change a centerpiece of his presidency. He has also paused new oil and gas drilling on federal lands and proposed a $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan that would remake the U.S. power grid and add 500,000 charging stations for electric vehicles, among other actions intended to sharply cut fossil fuel pollution that contributes to global warming. The summit is “the starting gun for climate diplomacy” after a four-year “hiatus” under Trump, said Larsen, now a director at the Rhodium Group, an independent research firm. Former Secretary of State John Kerry, Biden’s top climate envoy, has been pressing global leaders, including his counterpart in China, for commitments and alliances on climate efforts. Sen. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat who reintroduced the Green New Deal on Tuesday with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said the 50% target was appropriate to meet the scope and scale of the climate crisis. “The United States must be an undeniable global leader in climate action,'' Markey said Tuesday. “We cannot preach temperance from a barstool and not pay our fair share when approximately 40% of all the excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is red, white and blue.'' A 50% reduction by 2030 is “technically feasible and well within our reach,'' Markey added. “We can and should fight to pass legislation and deploy funding that will allow us to exceed that target.'' Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee, said Biden's pledge would set “punishing targets" for the U.S. even as adversaries such as China and Russia “continue to increase emissions at will. The last thing the economy needs is higher energy prices and fewer jobs, but that’s exactly what we’re going to get.'' Like other nations, the U.S. goal includes methane and some hydrofluorocarbon gases that trap more heat but don’t last as long as carbon dioxide. The 50% pledge was first reported by The Washington Post. ___ Associated Press writers Seth Borenstein and Aamer Madhani contributed to this report. Matthew Daly, The Associated Press
Players, pundits and fans cheered a "beautiful day for football" after the breakaway European Super League unravelled with the withdrawal of the six English clubs who had signed up to the controversial competition. Following a storm of protests and threats of sanctions from the game's European and world governing bodies, the Super League said it would "reconsider" its next steps after it was reduced to three teams each from Spain and Italy on Tuesday. Amid reports that Italian sides Inter Milan and AC Milan had also withdrawn, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher declared the competition dead in the water.
Chelsea ground out a goalless draw with 10-man Brighton at Stamford Bridge.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is set to meet President Joe Biden's latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public. With more than 50% of adults at least partially vaccinated, Biden on Wednesday will reflect on his efforts to expand vaccine distribution and access in his first three months in the White House. But with all those 16 and older now eligible for shots, the president is expected to outline his administration's plans to drive up the vaccination rate even further. With roughly 28 million vaccine doses being delivered each week, demand has eclipsed supply as the constraining factor to vaccinations in much of the country. While surveys have shown that vaccine hesitancy has declined since the rollout of the shots, administration officials believe they have to make getting vaccinated easier and more appealing. Maximizing the number of Americans vaccinated in the coming months is critical for the White House, which is aiming to restore a semblance of normalcy around the July Fourth holiday and even more so by the beginning of the next school year. Biden was not expected to set new public targets for vaccinations, and administration officials have been careful to avoid predicting when they project the country will have vaccinated enough people to reach herd immunity. The U.S. is on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult by the end of May and for every American by July, but administering them will be another matter. In recent weeks the White House has launched a massive outreach campaign to Americans to get vaccinated, relying on funding from the $1.9 trillion virus relief package passed last month to launch ads and fund direct community engagement to under-vaccinated constituencies. Biden set his 200 million shot goal last month after meeting his 100 million-in-100 days goal just over a month ago. At the time the U.S. was well on pace to meet the higher target, and the pace of vaccinations has only accelerated, to about 3 million shots per day. The 100 million-dose goal was first announced on Dec. 8, days before the U.S. had even one authorized vaccine for COVID-19, let alone the three that have now received emergency authorization. Still, it was generally seen within reach, if optimistic. By the time Biden was inaugurated on Jan. 20, the U.S. had already administered 20 million shots at a rate of about 1 million per day, bringing complaints at the time that Biden’s goal was not ambitious enough. He quickly revised it upward to 150 million doses in his first 100 days. It a deliberate effort by Biden to set clear — and achievable — metrics for success as part of a strategy of underpromising, then overdelivering. Aides believe that exceeding his goals breeds trust in government after the Trump administration’s sometimes fanciful rhetoric on the virus. Zeke Miller, The Associated Press
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino homered and the Tampa Bay Rays pounded out 17 hits in a 14-7 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Meadows, Randy Arozarena and Joey Wendle had three hits each, and Manual Margot and Yoshi Tsutsugo had three RBIs apiece. The Rays roughed up starter Brad Keller (1-2) for five runs in 1 2/3 innings. Keller allowed three hits and walked three, including Lowe to load the bases on his final pitch. Jake Newberry relieved and walked the next two batters to give Tampa Bay a 5-0 advantage. Carlos Santana homered and had two hits and three RBIs for the Royals. Tampa Bay rattled off another four-run inning in the sixth sparked by five straight hits from the heart of the batting order. Rich Hill allowed four runs in two innings for Tampa Bay. Andrew Kittredge (3-0) followed with a scoreless inning, and Trevor Richards pitched one-run ball over the last three innings for his first career save. Zunino and Meadows hit back-to-back homers in the ninth. TRAINERS ROOM Rays: RHP Cody Reed (left thumb weakness) was placed on the 10-day IL. Tampe Bay recalled RHP Brent Honeywell Jr. from the alternate training site. Honeywell tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run, two hits and two walks. Royals: The Royals have only had three players spend time on the injured list this season. RHP Josh Staumont spent one day on the IL for a non-disclosed injury. UP NEXT The Rays have yet to announce the starter for the series finale Wednesday. Jacob Junis (1-0, 1.50) will take the mound for Kansas City. __ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Cody Friesen, The Associated Press
Sunday's Oscars could be a watershed moment for Black talent. But why don't wins typically equal the kind of success white stars see?