Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., on Democrats reigniting the court-packing debate.
Rep. Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., on Democrats reigniting the court-packing debate.
LeBron James scored 25 points before he appeared to mildly aggravate a right ankle injury and the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the regular season with a 110-98 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. While the victory was the Lakers' fifth straight, it was not enough to pull them high enough in the Western Conference standings to skip the NBA's new play-in format involving the seventh through 10th seeds. Portland beat Denver to finish sixth, meaning the Lakers would have to win one of up to two play-in games to secure a regular playoff spot as either a seventh or eighth seed.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli warplanes unleashed a new series of heavy airstrikes at several locations in Gaza City early Monday, hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled the fourth war with Gaza's Hamas rulers would rage on. Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes in an attack that was heavier, on a wider area and lasted longer than a series of air raids 24 hours earlier in which 42 Palestinians were killed — the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas militant group that rules Gaza. The earlier Israeli airstrikes flattened three buildings. The Israeli military said it attacked the homes of nine Hamas commanders across Gaza. There were no immediate reports of injuries, and in the predawn darkness there was little information on the extent of damage inflicted early Monday. Local media reports said the main coastal road west of the city, security compounds and open spaces were hit in the latest raids. The power distribution company said airstrikes damaged a line feeding electricity from the only power plant to large parts of southern Gaza City. In a televised address on Sunday, Netanyahu said Israel's attacks were continuing at “full-force” and would “take time.“ Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” on the Hamas militant group, he said, flanked by his defense minister and political rival, Benny Gantz, in a show of unity. Hamas also pressed on, launching rockets from civilian areas in Gaza toward civilian areas in Israel. One slammed into a synagogue in the southern city of Ashkelon hours before evening services for the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, Israeli emergency services said. No injuries were reported. In the Israeli air assault early Sunday, families were buried under piles of cement rubble and twisted rebar. A yellow canary lay crushed on the ground. Shards of glass and debris covered streets blocks away from the major downtown thoroughfare where the three buildings were hit over the course of five minutes around 1 a.m. The hostilities have repeatedly escalated over the past week, marking the worst fighting in the territory that is home to 2 million Palestinians since Israel and Hamas' devastating 2014 war. “I have not seen this level of destruction through my 14 years of work,” said Samir al-Khatib, an emergency rescue official in Gaza. “Not even in the 2014 war." Rescuers furiously dug through the rubble using excavators and bulldozers amid clouds of heavy dust. One shouted, “Can you hear me?” into a hole. Minutes later, first responders pulled a survivor out. The Gaza Health Ministry said 16 women and 10 children were among those killed, with more than 50 people wounded. Haya Abdelal, 21, who lives in a building next to one that was destroyed, said she was sleeping when the airstrikes sent her fleeing into the street. She accused Israel of not giving its usual warning to residents to leave before launching such an attack. “We are tired,” she said, “We need a truce. We can’t bear it anymore.” The Israeli army spokesperson’s office said the strike targeted Hamas “underground military infrastructure." As a result of the strike, “the underground facility collapsed, causing the civilian houses' foundations above them to collapse as well, leading to unintended casualties,” it said. Among those reported killed was Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Ouf, the head of the internal medicine department at Shifa Hospital and a senior member of the hospital's coronavirus management committee. Two of Abu Al-Ouf’s teenage children and two other family members were also buried under the rubble. The death of the 51-year-old physician “was a huge loss at a very sensitive time,” said Mohammed Abu Selmia, the director of Shifa. Gaza’s health care system, already gutted by an Israeli and Egyptian blockade imposed in 2007 after Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces, had been struggling with a surge in coronavirus infections even before the latest conflict. Israel's airstrikes have leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest buildings, which Israel alleges contained Hamas military infrastructure. Among them was the building housing The Associated Press Gaza office and those of other media outlets. Sally Buzbee, the AP's executive editor, called for an independent investigation into the airstrike that destroyed the AP office on Saturday. Netanyahu alleged that Hamas military intelligence was operating inside the building and said Sunday any evidence would be shared through intelligence channels. Neither the White House nor the State Department would say if any had been seen. “It’s a perfectly legitimate target,” Netanyahu told CBS’s “Face the Nation." Asked if he had provided any evidence of Hamas’ presence in the building in a call Saturday with U.S. President Joe Biden, Netanyahu said: “We pass it through our intelligence people.” Buzbee called for any such evidence to be laid out. “We are in a conflict situation,” Buzbee said. “We do not take sides in that conflict. We heard Israelis say they have evidence; we don’t know what that evidence is.” Meanwhile, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders asked the International Criminal Court on Sunday to investigate Israel’s bombing of the AP building and others housing media organizations as a possible war crime. The Paris-based group said in a letter to the court’s chief prosecutor that the offices of 23 international and local media organizations have been destroyed over the past six days. It said the attacks serve “to reduce, if not neutralize, the media’s capacity to inform the public.” The AP had operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. The news agency’s cameras, operating from its top floor office and roof terrace, offered 24-hour live shots as militant rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings. “We think it’s appropriate at this point for there to be an independent look at what happened yesterday — an independent investigation,” Buzbee said. The latest outbreak of violence began in east Jerusalem last month, when Palestinians clashed with police in response to Israeli police tactics during Ramadan and the threatened eviction of dozens of Palestinian families by Jewish settlers. A focus of the clashes was the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a frequent flashpoint located on a hilltop compound revered by both Muslims and Jews. Hamas began firing rockets toward Jerusalem on Monday, triggering the Israeli assault on Gaza. At least 188 Palestinians have been killed in hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, including 55 children and 33 women, with 1,230 people wounded. Eight people in Israel have been killed in some of the 3,100 rocket attacks launched from Gaza, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier. Hamas and the Islamic Jihad militant group have acknowledged 20 fighters killed in the fighting. Israel says the real number is far higher and has released the names and photos of two dozen alleged operatives it says were “eliminated.” The assault has displaced some 34,000 Palestinians from their homes, U.N. Mideast envoy Tor Wennesland told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council, where eight foreign ministers spoke about the conflict. Efforts by China, Norway and Tunisia to get the U.N. body to issue a statement, including a call for the cessation of hostilities, have been blocked by the United States, which, according to diplomats, is concerned it could interfere with diplomatic efforts to stop the violence. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki urged the Security Council to take action to end Israeli attacks. Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Gilad Erdan, urged the council to condemn Hamas' “indiscriminate and unprovoked attacks.” The turmoil has also fueled protests in the occupied West Bank and stoked violence within Israel between its Jewish and Arab citizens, with clashes and vigilante attacks on people and property. On Sunday, a driver rammed into an Israeli checkpoint in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian families have been threatened with eviction , injuring six officers before police shot and killed the attacker, Israeli police said. The violence also sparked pro-Palestinian protests in cities across Europe and the United States. Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators work to end the fighting and stave off an Israeli ground invasion in Gaza. The Israeli military said it destroyed the home Sunday of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in the southern town of Khan Younis. It was the third such attack in the last two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground. ___ Nessman reported from Atlanta. Associated Press writers Samy Magdy in Cairo, Joseph Krauss and Isaac Scharf in Jerusalem, Edie Lederer at the United Nations and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed. Fares Akram And Ravi Nessman, The Associated Press
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Top-rated, family-owned Hudiburg Subaru in Edmond, OK is announcing the expansion of its inventory to include 2021 models and quality preowned vehicles.Oklahoma City, United States, May 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hudiburg Subaru in Edmond, Oklahoma, announced that they are expanding their spring inventory to include a number of new and preowned vehicles. Those looking for the newest in the consistently top-rated Outback, or a preowned four-wheel-drive Impreza hatchback reported to rival the luxury brands in its tier, will find value, selection and reliability at Edmond’s Hudiburg Subaru dealership. More information can be found at https://www.hudiburgsubaru.com/hudiburg-is-your-subaru-edmond-dealership-of-choice.htm The multi-award winning Hudiburg Subaru, serving Edmond, Oklahoma City and surrounding areas, is announcing the expansion of its spring inventory to include the arrival of 2021 models and a variety of preowned vehicles. Family-owned and operated since 2010, Edmond Hudiburg Subaru has been recognized as a community favorite by DealerRater which notes that with over 1,200 customer reviews, Hudiburg Subaru achieves a level of excellence and a 97% recommendation rating. In the summer of 2020, a report released by J.D. Power, a global leader in consumer insights, stated that Subaru ranks highest among mass market brands and ranked highest overall in the automotive industry in both 2019 and 2020. Consumer Reports places Subaru at number three – just slightly behind two luxury manufacturers – for brands that make the best cars. Results are based on road test performance, reliability and owner satisfaction surveys. The team at Hudiburg Subaru pride themselves on putting the customer first. They offer outstanding customer service along with worry-free financing and a guaranteed trade-in program for all Subaru owners. Those interested in knowing the value of their Subaru for trade-in purposes can consult the payment calculator on the dealership website. With a number of industry and customer recognition awards, as well as a reputation for remaining a top brand within a cluttered and competitive market, the staff at Hudiburg Subaru in Edmond say that, regardless of the commute, customers often make the effort to do business with this particular family-owned dealership. A recent Edmond OK Subaru customer says: “Greg was fantastic to work with, giving us everything we wanted at a great price. This is the second Subaru we’ve purchased and thanks to the dealership’s service we will continue to come here if we ever need another Subaru.” Visit https://www.hudiburgsubaru.com/hudiburg-is-your-subaru-edmond-dealership-of-choice.htm to find out more. Website: https://www.hudiburgsubaru.com CONTACT: Name: Brad Smicklas Organization: Hudiburg Subaru Address: 210 East Interstate 240 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73149, United States Phone: +1-405-644-3100
Japanese Auto Imports has launched its custom-built, insulated, three-berth campervans and motorhomes in Sydney NSW.Kogarah, Australia, May 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Japanese Auto Imports, a high-quality dealer in vehicles from Japan, launched a new range of custom-built campervans in Sydney NSW. The dealership offers campervans outfitted with two, three and four berths as well as insulation from high and low temperatures. More details can be found at http://japaneseauto.com.au/campervans The newly launched range offers customers an increased option for 4wd campers or motorhomes. Travelling in a campervan, or “motorhome,” has grown steadily in recent years. Industry groups report that 13.9 million Australians spent 58.7 million nights camping around Australia in 2019 and the industry has grown in the past 12 months. Japanese Auto Imports offers high-quality 4wd and 2wd vans with brand new conversions at competitive rates, with flexible financing options available. The newest range of motorhomes listed below. Ford TRANSIT 350E Jumbo 4-seat 4-sleep camper van Ford TRANSIT 350E Jumbo 2-sleep camper van Nissan Civilian 6ST 6SLP 2005 Nissan Civilian 4St 4 Slp Frdg The dealership specialises in customising new and secondhand motorhomes/campervans with insulation, solar power, stovetops and external power options as well as gas heating and cooking. Insulation reduces how quickly heat is transferred into and/or out of the campervan, making it easier to keep a consistent target temperature to have a comfortable nights sleep. Travelling in a campervan offers nomads and young nomads all the comforts of home, such as a refrigerator, limited running water, and a gas-powered stove, plus more space than a standard tent. A campervan with three berths can comfortably accommodate up to two adults and one child, making it a cost-effective way to take a multi-day trip as a family. With this latest launch, Japanese Auto Imports continues to offer customers around Australia a competitive selection of campervans that can be delivered Australia wide. One satisfied customer: “I ran into a bit of an issue with the otherwise very well sorted car, and Japanese Auto Imports, instead of just brushing me off like so many others would do, took the reins and promptly sorted everything out. These guys really do care about their customers, and I would happily drive all the way from Melbourne to buy another car from them again.” Interested parties can find more information on Japanese Auto Imports selection of quality customised campervans at http://japaneseauto.com.au/campervans Website: http://japaneseauto.com.au CONTACT: Name: Andrei Semenovskyi Organization: Japanese Auto Imports Pty Ltd Address: 16 Production Avenue, Kogarah, NSW 2217, Australia Phone: +61-477-070-034
SEATTLE (AP) — Xavier Arreaga and Brad Smith scored second-half goals and the MLS-leading Seattle Sounders beat Los Angeles FC 2-0 on Sunday night. Arreaga opened the scoring in the 57th minute, redirecting João Paulo’s corner with a header inside the right post. It was Arreaga’s first career goal with the Sounders (5-0-1). Carlos Vela, the 2019 MLS MVP, made his second appearance of the season, entering as a substitute in the 70th minute and giving the LAFC (1-2-2) side a potential boost for a tying goal. But Smith made it 2-0 for Seattle three minutes later, heading home Alex Roldan’s cross. Smith was off target on the best scoring opportunity of the first half, spraying a wide-open shot left of the goal from 12 yards out. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
The state had stopped administering the first dose for beneficiaries and has also not taken up vaccination for those above 18 years of age.
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Tensions ran high at competing demonstrations over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in both Montreal and Toronto this weekend. Police in Montreal confirmed they responded to a conflict that erupted between protesters and counter-protesters at a rally in support of Israel near the city's downtown Sunday afternoon. People were heard shouting "Free Palestine" as they ran from police, who fired chemical irritants into the air. The pro-Israel rally comes one day after thousands attended a pro-Palestinian march in Montreal to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, police in Toronto say they've laid charges in connection with a pro-Palestinian demonstration that drew more than 5,000 people to Nathan Phillips Square outside City Hall on Saturday night. A 22-year-old man faces an assault charge, while a 29-year-old man was charged with bringing a weapon to a public meeting. Police say they're also investigating a separate alleged assault outside the square that was circulating on social media. A spokesperson confirmed it was connected to the demonstration but offered no other details. The protests were stoked by five days of mayhem that left at least 145 Palestinians dead in Gaza and eight dead on the Israeli side. The violence, set off by Hamas firing a rocket into Israel on Monday, came after weeks of mounting tensions in contested Jerusalem. Israel stepped up its assault and slammed the Gaza Strip with airstrikes Saturday, in a dramatic escalation that included bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp and destroying a building that housed the offices of The Associated Press and other media. Several public figures took to their social media accounts to denounce violence and call for calm. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he strongly condemns "the despicable rhetoric and violence we saw on display in some protests this weekend." "Everyone has the right to assemble peacefully and express themselves freely in Canada - but we cannot and will not tolerate antisemitism, Islamophobia, or hate of any kind," he tweeted. Ontario Premier Doug Ford called on police to investigate any acts of anti-Semitism, which he says have no place in the province. "Discrimination or hatred of any kind against any community in our province should never be tolerated," he wrote on Twitter. Toronto police have said that Jewish people were the group most frequently victimized by hate crimes in 2020. The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs alleged both protests included aggressive acts of anti-Semitism, including Nazi imagery, death threats against Israeli supporters and at least one physical assault. Police forces declined to offer details of what transpired. The centre said it was "gravely concerned" with what it described as "a wave of violence and anti-Semitism impacting communities across Canada." "There is absolutely no justification for political violence of any kind in our streets, whatever one's cause may be," it said in a statement. "...Like all Canadians of goodwill, Canada's Jewish community seeks peace and a better future for Israelis and Palestinians alike. At the same time, we urge our neighbours of all backgrounds to join us in condemning these disturbing acts." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 16, 2021 — with files from Graham Hughes and The Associated Press. The Canadian Press
An England and Wales Cricket Board statement confirming Archer's absence from the series against the Black Caps said he was "suffering from pain in his right elbow when bowling".
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Call for urgent review of Queensland family violence police procedures after attempted murder charges laidThe Women’s Legal Service Queensland wants an immediate review into the state’s bail laws and police procedures in family violence cases ‘Do we have to wait for another woman to die?’ Women’s Legal Services Queensland CEO Angela Lynch. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP
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