5 things to know about Evergrande, a Chinese business empire on the brink

5 things to know about Evergrande, a Chinese business empire on the brink

The troubles of Chinese conglomerate Evergrande have dominated headlines in recent days after it warned once again that it could default on its astronomical debt because of a cash crunch. Experts have characterized the firm’s struggles as a major test for Beijing that risks turning into China’s Lehman Brothers moment, sending shockwaves across the world’s…

An arrest has been made in the 2012 killing of a UNC-Chapel Hill student, police say

An arrest has been made in the 2012 killing of a UNC-Chapel Hill student, police say

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the killing of Faith Danielle Hedgepeth, a 19-year-old University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student who was found dead in her off-campus apartment in 2012, officials said Thursday. Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares from Durham, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Assistant Chief of…

Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics

Justice Clarence Thomas says judges are ‘asking for trouble’ when they wade into politics

On the verge of a new term in which the Supreme Court will wade back into the culture wars, Justice Clarence Thomas reflected Thursday on the role of the judiciary and warned against judges weighing in on controversial issues that he said are better left to other areas of government. “When we begin to venture…

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on abolishing the police department in upcoming elections

Minnesota Supreme Court rules Minneapolis voters may decide on abolishing the police department in upcoming elections

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Thursday that voters in Minneapolis may decide on abolishing the police department in the upcoming municipal elections. The measure, if approved, would amend the city charter to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. The DPS would employ a “comprehensive public health approach to the…

McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate
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McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin sparred on Thursday over what each would do in the fight against the coronavirus, revealing a significant divide between the Democrat’s backing of vaccine mandates and the Republican’s argument that vaccination is a personal choice. The fight over measures to combat Covid-19 was the focus of the…

Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats
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Democratic legislation aims to address State Department restrictions on certain diplomats

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to address long-standing complaints that the State Department places disproportionate restrictions on the places diplomats of certain backgrounds can serve and that there is no independent appeals process to challenge decisions. “To strengthen American foreign policy and diplomacy, we must ensure our best and brightest individuals are able to serve,” said…

Wrongly convicted man dies of Covid-19, nine years after he was exonerated

Wrongly convicted man dies of Covid-19, nine years after he was exonerated

After spending the last nine years taking back his life after being exonerated of murder and released from prison, Damon Thibodeaux has died of complications from Covid-19. “The nurse that took care of him said he was positive and very friendly. She was honored to take care of him. She said most people are hateful…