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President Biden feels well, tests negative for Covid-19
President Joe Biden continues to feel fit. Biden's physician Kevin O'Connor reported, "Given his rebound positivity which we reported last Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring. This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing was negative."
Alex Jones to pay $49.3M in damages over Sandy Hook Elementary lies
A US conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones, had claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, in which 20 children died, was a hoax. A court in the United States has ordered right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to the parents of a six-year-old boy killed in the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook.
West Virginia man sentenced to 3 years for death threats against Fauci
A West Virginia man was sentenced to three years in prison for sending intimidating emails to Anthony Fauci. On Thursday, US District Judge Paula Xinis in Greenbelt, Maryland, sentenced Thomas Connally Jr. (56) of Snowshoe, West Virginia, to 37 months in federal prison and another three years of supervised release after he pleaded guilty in May to a federal charge of making threats against a federal official.
Chinese military begins live ammunition drills near Taiwan
On Thursday, China conducted a day-long show of military force consisting of live ammunition drills near Taiwan. China's recent streak of aggression follows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-governing island.
Monkeypox outbreak in US declared a Public Health Emergency
On August 4th, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra declared the ongoing monkeypox outbreak in the US a Public Health Emergency (PHE). Thursday's declaration is expected to free up additional funding and tools to combat the monkeypox outbreak across the country.
Autopsy results released in IA state park triple homicide case
On August 4th, the IA Department of Public Safety provided an update on the autopsy results of a triple homicide that occurred at the Maquoketa Caves State Park campground. On July 22nd, officials were notified of a triple homicide at the state park. Authorities found the bodies of three deceased victims along with one of the man who is suspected to be the perpetrator.
Former Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez arrested on bribery charges
On August 4th, former Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced was arrested on alleged bribery charges related to the financing of her 2020 gubernatorial campaign. Garced, who was in office from 2019 to 2021, has been charged with conspiracy, federal programs bribery, and honest services wire fraud.
China launches series of live-fire military drills around Taiwan
On Wednesday, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and co left Taiwan after hailing its democracy, noting that their visit reinforced that the US "stands with Taiwan." Pelosi stated, "We came to Taiwan to listen to, learn from and show our support for the people of Taiwan, who have built a thriving Democracy that stands as one of the freest and most open in the world."
US & French Parliaments ratify Finland & Sweden’s accession to NATO
France's National Assembly voted 209-46 to ratify Sweden and Finland's NATO accession protocols. The process to ratify the two countries as NATO's newest members was officially launched in July; the legislative assemblies of all 30 NATO member states need to approve Finland and Sweden's membership bids.
Representative Jackie Walorski dies in car crash
Representative Jackie Walorski, 58, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday. Walorski's office tweeted, "Dean Swihart, Jackie’s husband, was just informed by the Elkhart County Sheriff’s office that Jackie was killed in a car accident this afternoon."