Former players accuse the league of discrimination against Black players.
Former players accuse the league of discrimination against Black players.
States around the country are reporting a significant decline in the number of students enrolled in public school because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving experts and educators concerned about the trend, and its potential long-term consequences. A notable number of students seem to have simply fallen off the grid, not showing up for online or in-person instruction, their whereabouts unknown by school officials. Given the chaos caused by the pandemic, and the lack of data, it is difficult to truly determine the exact magnitude of the problem, which seems to be disproportionately affecting already vulnerable student populations – among them homeless students, children with disabilities, children of immigrants, children in foster care and children of color.
Four former surgeons general are joining a campaign calling for a National Vaccine Day to "focus our nation's attention on the importance of vaccination." In a letter exclusively obtained by ABC News, the doctors call on President Joe Biden to consider enacting the one-time federal holiday, which they say could feature telethons, radio messages and social media posts about the COVID-19 vaccines as well as widely available "opportunities for vaccination." Vaccination has enabled humanity to triumph over terrible diseases like smallpox and measles.
A Missouri father and his two young children were found dead Monday, four days after they had disappeared, authorities said. The bodies of Darrell Peak, 40, Kaiden Peak, 4, and Mayson Peak, 3, were discovered together inside a structure in a rural area of Benton County, not far from where they were approached by a state trooper on Thursday evening near Warsaw, according to statements from the Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Family members had contacted the Greene County Sheriff's Office on Friday morning to file a missing persons report, telling deputies that Darrell Peak and his two sons were last seen near their home in Greene County at around 4 p.m. the previous day as he drove away with them while armed with a pistol he was known to regularly carry.
FBI Director Christopher Wray will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday in his first appearance before Congress since the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, as the bureau faces scrutiny over whether it properly shared intelligence leading up to the assault as well as its broader role in addressing the nation's domestic terror crisis. Wray has not spoken publicly about the Capitol siege since a Jan. 15 appearance alongside then-Vice President Mike Pence, amid heightened fears that President Joe Biden's inauguration would be the target of a possible attack. The FBI at the time had already identified 200 suspects in the bureau's sweeping investigation of the riot, Wray said, and warned those who had yet to turn themselves over to authorities.
As the effort to vaccinate Americans intensifies, daily COVID-19 test numbers are falling nationwide, an alarming sign to public health experts who say the tests are still crucial to containing the virus. Testing has been a fraught and highly politicized issue from the beginning of the pandemic, with the first tests rolling out slowly, testing taking a while to ramp up and former President Trump wrongly claiming that an increase in testing was behind the world-leading level of coronavirus cases in the U.S. There have also been issues with testing access and the reliability of certain types of tests. The daily average for COVID tests is now just over 1 million a day as of mid-February— roughly a million less from where the country was a month ago, according to the COVID Tracking Project at Johns Hopkins University. The decline has been one of the steepest of the pandemic.
A lawsuit accusing the Saudi crown prince of overseeing an assassination attempt on a former Saudi spymaster similar to the one that sealed the gruesome fate of Jamal Khashoggi may hamper efforts to mend the already fraught U.S.-Saudi relationship, experts say. The lawsuit, which was filed last summer against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman by former Saudi intelligence official Saad Aljabri, claims that Aljabri was the target of a failed assassination attempt akin to the 2018 assassination of Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist whose death sparked global backlash and complicated ties between Riyadh and Washington.
Whether it's an overcrowded pantry, a cluttered countertop or fridge and freezer fails, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin are well-versed in how to transform the heart of the home. "Being organized makes your day so much better," Teplin said. In order to control the chaos in a pantry with products rotating in and out as people continue to cook more at home, Teplin said, "the first thing to do is take everything out, check expirations date and then categorize it."
Thinx, the "period-proof underwear" brand, is expanding its offerings with a new line at a more accessible price called “Thinx for All.” The new collection, which is available at a handful of mass retailers, also features more size inclusivity. “This expansion enables us to get more Thinx Inc. underwear into more underwear drawers -- and less period waste in landfills,” Thinx Inc.'s CEO Maria Molland said in a press release.
Beauty brand Anastasia Beverly Hills just launched an app to help you get the perfect brows at home. The new app allows users to have the experience of a salon visit with product recommendations, beauty tips and brow consultations. Just search "Anastasia Beverly Hills" in the app store and tap to download.
The White House will announce President Joe Biden's first sanctions against Russia on Tuesday over the Russian government's poisoning and detention of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, a State Department official confirmed to ABC News. Representatives from the bloc's 27 members reportedly voted Monday to implement the first sanctions under its new human rights sanction program, targeting four Russian officials for Navalny's imprisonment. Navalny, the leading opposition figure to Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been moved to a remote penal colony to serve his two-and-a-half-year sentence, a public commission confirmed Sunday.
Once again, it is Dr. Ala Stanford to the rescue, this time confronting Philadelphia’s vaccine inequities head on. Last April, Stanford became frustrated with the city’s slow pace of COVID-19 testing, especially in Black and brown communities, and in a span of 48 hours put her private practice on hold, gathered some medical friends, rented a van and hit the streets to bring COVID-19 testing to neighborhoods badly in need. The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium was born.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals is deciding whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer set to go on trial next week in the death of George Floyd. During a virtual hearing on Monday, a prosecutor from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's office argued that the district court judge presiding over Chauvin's case "abused his discretion" by dropping the charge. Chauvin, who did not attend Monday's hearing, is currently facing charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man.
The U.S. has hit a plateau in coronavirus cases and deaths that signal a "potential shift in the trajectory of the pandemic," the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned states on Monday not to loosen restrictions and get in front of the progress the country has made since it hit a monumental 300,000 cases a day in January, the worst point of the pandemic so far. Over the last week, the daily number of cases and deaths, on average, has risen by about 2% compared to the week prior, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said during a White House press briefing, to about 67,000 cases per day and 2,000 American lives lost to the virus each day. It's nearly a third of what the U.S. was seeing during its holiday surge, but still no better than what the U.S. saw during the summer peak.
A World Health Organization panel is now advising against the use of hydroxychloroquine, the controversial drug promoted heavily by the Trump administration, to treat patients infected with COVID-19. The international health agency announced Monday that a panel of experts for its guideline development group now "strongly advises" against use of the anti-inflammatory drug, often used to treat and prevent malaria, to prevent the novel coronavirus. The drug is no longer a research priority, and instead, resources should focus on other "more promising" drugs to prevent COVID-19, according to the press release.
The coalition, Survivor Corps, launched an online portal, gotcovid.org, Monday that directs people who recently tested positive for COVID-19 to hospitals, medical centers and other locations that offer monoclonal antibody treatment. Treatments developed by Regeneron and Eli Lilly, which have been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, have been shown to reduce hospitalizations and deaths among coronavirus patients if taken within the first 10 days of symptoms. Diana Berrent, Survivor Corps' founder, said in a statement that patients may not have the information about the treatments or where and how to get them before their symptoms exacerbate.
Democrats in the Senate were forced to abandon plans to increase the federal minimum wage in the face of concerns among their own ranks, united Republican opposition and because of a fast-approaching deadline cutting off time to carefully craft the measure under strict budgetary rules being used by the majority to pass COVID-19 relief without GOP support. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden had hoped to win approval in the Senate of a "plan B" regarding the minimum wage -- a tax penalty for corporations that do not pay their workers at least $15 an hour -- this after the chamber's parliamentarian ruled a straight increase of the hourly minimum to $15 was out of bounds under the fast-track rules known as budget reconciliation.
The Senate Monday evening voted 64-33 to confirm Miguel Cardona to lead the U.S. Education Department as schools across the country attempt to return to safe, in-person instruction -- something the Biden administration has prioritized as part of its COVID-19 response plan. Coming into office, President Joe Biden said ensuring students and educators are able to return to the classroom safely was a top priority -- which included a goal to get a majority of K-8 students back to school in the first 100 days of his presidency. At his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Cardona reiterated this goal, and said he plans to address "inequities head on."
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Monday defended the Biden administration's handling of unaccompanied migrant children at the border against growing criticism, saying he hopes to give families separated under President Donald Trump the option to reunite in the U.S. while blaming the prior administration for having "gutted" the immigration system. "I learned that we did not have the facilities available or equipped to administer the humanitarian laws that our Congress passed years ago," Mayorkas said in his first appearance at a White House briefing. Trump's immigration approach largely focused on hardline enforcement and security measures including the appropriation of billions of dollars for a border wall, which Biden stopped.
A 15-year-old boy has been shot at his school in Arkansas, allegedly by a fellow student, police said. The shooting at Watson Chapel Junior High School in Pine Bluff took place around 10 a.m., police said. The teen, the only one hurt, was hospitalized in very serious condition.
Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" is the highest-grossing movie of all time, having made more than $2.79 billion at the global box office. Now, with the global COVID-19 pandemic, more than half of movie theaters in the U.S. are still shuttered, yet millions of cinema lovers are hungry for the moviegoing experience. Two lifelong movie fans who can't wait to get back to theaters are Joe and Anthony Russo, the sibling duo that directed 2014's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," 2016's "Captain America: Civil War," 2018's "Avengers: Infinity War" and, of course, the aforementioned "Endgame."