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Upside-down flag at Justice Alito's home another blow for Supreme Court under fire

An upside-down U.S. flag has long been a sign of dire distress and versatile symbol of protest. But in January 2021, when it flew over the home of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, it was largely seen in connection with a specific cause: the false claim by then-President Donald Trump’s supporters that the 2020 election had been marred by fraud. The revelation this week about the flag flying at Alito’s home was the latest blow to a Supreme Court that was already under fire as it considers unprecedented cases against Trump and some of those charged with rioting at the U.S. C
Upside-down flag at Justice Alito's home another blow for Supreme Court under fire

White House's Sullivan heading to Saudi Arabia and Israel this weekend

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will travel on Saturday to Saudi Arabia for talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and will visit Israel on Sunday to see Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that Sullivan will stress in his talks with the Israelis the need to go after Hamas militants in Gaza in a targeted way, not with a full-scale assault on the southern city of Gaza.Kirby said Sullivan in his talks with the Saudis will discuss "bilateral and regional matters including the
White House's Sullivan heading to Saudi Arabia and Israel this weekend

US flag is sacred, White House says, amid flap involving Supreme Court's Alito

By Andrew Chung(Reuters) -A report about a U.S. flag flying upside-down in January 2021 outside Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home caused a furor in Washington, with the White House saying on Friday President Joe Biden believes the flag is sacred and a senior senator calling for Alito to step aside from two key cases.Alito told the New York Times that the flag had been placed by his wife, Martha-Ann Alito, on a pole outside their house in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Virginia after a dispute with a neighbor over a sign on the neighbor's lawn critical of Republican then-President
US flag is sacred, White House says, amid flap involving Supreme Court's Alito

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At Memphis BBQ contest, pitmasters sweat through the smoke to be best in pork

Hundreds of dedicated pitmasters are sweating through the smoke as they compete to see who will be crowned “best in pork” at this year's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. Considered one of the premiere cooking competitions in the U.S., the contest dates back to the 1970s. But as the so-called culinary sports expanded beyond local home cooks, the competition is fiercer than ever. This year's competition started on Wednesday and runs through Saturday, when an overall grand champion will be named. With over $150,000 in prize mone
At Memphis BBQ contest, pitmasters sweat through the smoke to be best in pork

Sony and Apollo move ahead with Paramount bid process but reticent about earlier plan, NYT reports

Sony Pictures Entertainment and Apollo Global Management have signed nondisclosure agreements that will allow them to look at Paramount's books ahead of a potential bid for the movie studio's assets, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.The companies are, however, backing away from an initial plan to make an all-cash $26 billion offer for Paramount, the newspaper said.Reuters reported this month that Paramount was in talks to open its books to a consortium of the Sony movie unit and the U.S. buyout firm. CNBC later reported that Sony was rethinking

Man charged in random assault on actor Steve Buscemi in New York

A man wanted in connection with the random attack on actor Steve Buscemi on a New York City street earlier this month was arrested on an assault charge Friday, police said. The 66-year-old star of “Boardwalk Empire” and “Fargo” was walking in midtown Manhattan on May 8 when a stranger punched him in the face, city police said. He was taken to a hospital with bruising, swelling and bleeding to his left eye, but was otherwise OK, his publicist said at the time. Police charged a 50-year-old homeless man with second-degree assault on Friday afternoon in the sam
Man charged in random assault on actor Steve Buscemi in New York

Shohei Ohtani Day to be annual event in Los Angeles for duration of his Dodgers career

It's Shohei Ohtani Day in Los Angeles. The Japanese two-way superstar was honored at Los Angeles City Hall on Friday and presented with a city council resolution that declared May 17 as Shohei Ohtani Day for the duration of his Dodgers career. Ohtani signed a record $700 million, 10-year contract with the team in December, after spending six years in Anaheim with the Angels. The council recognized Ohtani for his athletic achievements, with Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and members of the team's front office in attendance. “Thank you ver

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Landslide forces closure of iconic Southern California chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

A decades-old landslide that’s rapidly accelerating has forced the dismantling of Wayfarers Chapel, an iconic Southern California church that was designed by one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's sons and built among soaring redwoods and sweeping Pacific Ocean views. The earth beneath the chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes is moving an unprecedented 2 feet (61 centimeters) or more each month. Intended to celebrate the natural world, the chapel is instead being destroyed by it. “It’s actually dangerous to even walk on the grounds now because everything is bre
Landslide forces closure of iconic Southern California chapel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son

What to do when facing extended summer power outages

Texas officials say power outages could last weeks in parts of Houston after thunderstorms with hurricane-force winds tore through the city and killed at least four people. The storm knocked out electricity to nearly 1 million homes and businesses in the region as temperatures hover around 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius). Multiple transmission towers were downed, and thousands of utility workers have headed to the area, said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the county’s top elected official. What should you do to stay cool and safe at home whe

Canada asks chemical plants to check pollution after leaks hit Indigenous community

Canada on Friday ordered some petrochemical plants in Ontario to take strict measures to control pollution from cancer-causing chemical benzene after release from a facility forced a First Nation community to declare a state of emergency.Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault issued the order to the petrochemical industry in Sarnia, Ontario, a city less than 300 km (186 miles) west of Toronto.Last month, Aamjiwnaang First Nation declared a state of emergency due to a chemical release from German company INEOS Styrolution's plastic manufacturing plant, which resul
Canada asks chemical plants to check pollution after leaks hit Indigenous community

Rain is set to help crews battling blaze near Canadian oil city

Cloud cover and rain showers over the next few days are set to help crews battling a large wildfire near the Canadian oil sands city of Fort McMurray, Alberta, local authorities said on Friday.Overnight, the fire stayed about 5.5 km (3.4 miles) from the landfill on the city's southern outskirts where crews are continuing to build a containment line.The municipal authority of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, said the fire was largely unchanged at 196 sq km (76 square miles)."Fire behavior will be subdued today with cloud cover and rain showers. The next few days show a similar fo

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French authorities report sixth fatality in New Caledonia violence

French authorities report sixth fatality in New Caledonia violence

Fifty dead in heavy rain, floods in central Afghanistan, official says

KABUL (Reuters) -At least 50 people are dead following a fresh bout of heavy rain and flooding in central Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday.

Putin ally says EU is hypocritical for ban on Russian media

Putin ally says EU is hypocritical for ban on Russian media

Singapore to resume flying F-16 jets after crash this month

Singapore will resume flying its F-16 fleet after suspending training when one of the jets crashed earlier this month, the defence ministry on Saturday.

Education

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What would Lisa Simpson do? NYU student protesters asked to ponder ethical issues

What would Lisa Simpson do? NYU student protesters asked to ponder ethical issues

I served as a college president for nearly two decades – I know choosing the right commencement speaker can be fraught with risks

I served as a college president for nearly two decades – I know choosing the right commencement speaker can be fraught with risks

College sports fandom shows how a shared goal can bring people together

College sports fandom shows how a shared goal can bring people together

Belgium's Ghent university severs ties with three Israeli institutions

Belgium's Ghent university severs ties with three Israeli institutions

Arts

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The Slovak assassination attempt photo that nearly got away

The Slovak assassination attempt photo that nearly got away

How a British military march became the distinctive sound of American graduations

How a British military march became the distinctive sound of American graduations

An annual rich list says Paul McCartney is Britain's first billionaire musician

An annual rich list says Paul McCartney is Britain's first billionaire musician

Francis Ford Coppola debuts 'Megalopolis' in Cannes, and the reviews are in

Francis Ford Coppola debuts 'Megalopolis' in Cannes, and the reviews are in

World

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Philippines to vigorously defend territory, president says

Philippines to vigorously defend territory, president says

Australians stranded in New Caledonia 'running out of food' amid civil unrest

Australians stranded in New Caledonia 'running out of food' amid civil unrest

Argentine president begins unusual visit to Spain, snubbing officials and courting the far-right

Argentine president begins unusual visit to Spain, snubbing officials and courting the far-right

US works to ensure Venezuela election credible but faces obstacles, official says

US works to ensure Venezuela election credible but faces obstacles, official says

Technology

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Boeing Starliner's debut crewed flight delayed again to check helium leak

Boeing Starliner's debut crewed flight delayed again to check helium leak

Crypto lender Genesis to return $3 billion to customers in bankruptcy wind-down

Crypto lender Genesis to return $3 billion to customers in bankruptcy wind-down

Swedish EV maker Polestar gets Nasdaq notice on potential de-listing

Swedish EV maker Polestar gets Nasdaq notice on potential de-listing

A former OpenAI leader says safety has 'taken a backseat to shiny products' at the AI company

A former OpenAI leader says safety has 'taken a backseat to shiny products' at the AI company

Science

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Chinese state-backed company to launch space tourism flights by 2028

Chinese state-backed company to launch space tourism flights by 2028

Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat

Experts say coral reef bleaching near record level globally because of 'crazy' ocean heat

Sea otters get more prey and reduce tooth damage using tools

Sea otters get more prey and reduce tooth damage using tools

Ag inputs sales seen at good level in the US, not as good in South America

Ag inputs sales seen at good level in the US, not as good in South America

Lifestyle

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Peru protesters slam new insurance law that deems transgender people mentally ill

Peru protesters slam new insurance law that deems transgender people mentally ill

A college puts the 'cat' into 'education' by giving Max an honorary 'doctor of litter-ature' degree

A college puts the 'cat' into 'education' by giving Max an honorary 'doctor of litter-ature' degree

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

He feared coming out. Now this pastor wants to help Black churches become as welcoming as his own

Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since

Bike shops boomed early in the pandemic. It’s been a bumpy ride for most ever since