Fans of a Marvel comic book series starring The Eternals are aware that one of them is Makkari, a figure that can travel at the speed of sound.

He was depicted as a large white man with normal hearing. However, in the new film "Eternals," the same character is played by a deaf lady of color.

Lauren Ridloff is a native of Chicago, although she earned a master's degree in teaching from Hunter College in New York City and taught for over a decade at a Manhattan public school before finding recognition as 'Connie' on "The Walking Dead."

The skeletal remains of a child and three surviving siblings who appear to have been abandoned have been found inside an apartment in the Houston area of Texas, US.

One of the children, a 15-year-old, called the Harris County sheriff’s office on Sunday afternoon and told authorities that his nine-year-old brother had been dead for a year and the body was inside the apartment, the office said in a statement.

Deputies responded and found the teenager and two other siblings aged 10 and seven living alone in the apartment, said the Harris County sheriff, Ed Gonzalez. The other child’s skeletal remains were also located.

Sudan's military on Monday dissolved its power-sharing government and imposed a state of emergency, plunging the country into its worst political crisis in the country's two-year transition.

Abdalla Hamdok, the Prime Minister, his wife, and a number of civilian ministers have been arrested.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan's military commander, announced in a televised address that an "independent and fair representative government" will assume authority until a new government is elected in 2023.

Burhan stated that some provisions of the constitution have been suspended and state governors have been removed.

Tensions between the military and civilian leaders of the country's Sovereign Council, a power-sharing ruling body, have risen in recent weeks.

Hamdok and his wife, Muna Abdallah, were arrested and brought to an undisclosed location on Monday, according to Adam Hireka, the prime minister's economic adviser.

Earlier in the day, the country's Ministry of Information announced on Facebook that Hamdok had been placed under house arrest by "military troops."

According to photographs from the scene early Monday, Hamdok's Khartoum residence looked to be encircled by armed personnel.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA (KRON) — The San Francisco Department of Public Health closed one In-N-Out Burger outlet last week, the burger business claimed in a statement, because employees were not properly checking for customers' immunization proof.

In-N-Out asserted that it posted notices of local immunization laws lawfully but has refused to strictly enforce them.

"We will not become a government's vaccine police," In-N-Out Chief Legal & Business Officer Arnie Wensinger stated. "We are vehemently opposed to any government mandate compelling a private business to discriminate against customers who choose to patronize their establishment."

 The Treasury Department stated formally Tuesday that Democrats were reducing the scope of a controversial proposal that would require banks and credit unions to provide the IRS with additional account information in order to improve tax compliance.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will conduct a news conference this afternoon to discuss the idea. | Rod Lamkey/Pool via Associated Press

After discussions between congressional Democrats and the Biden administration, the revised plan establishes a $10,000 barrier and exempts certain income from wages and federal programs such as Social Security.

President Joe Biden's original proposal, aimed at raising funds for his sprawling social spending plan and marketed as a way to combat wealthy tax avoidance, would have required financial institutions to report to the IRS on an annual basis the amount of money flowing into and out of any account with at least $600 in deposits and withdrawals.

 The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry had been indicted.

A federal grand jury charged Fortenberry "with concealing information and making false statements to federal authorities who were investigating illegal contributions made by a foreign national to the congressman's 2016 re-election campaign," according to a press release from the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.

The congressman is charged with one count of conspiring to falsify and hide material facts, as well as two counts of providing false statements to federal investigators, according to the indictment.

The congressman has stated that he did not lie to federal agents and has vowed to fight back.

"About five and a half years ago, a person from overseas unlawfully sent money to my campaign," Fortenberry said in a video posted to YouTube before the indictment was revealed, adding he "didn't know anything about it." In the video, Fortenberry is seen with his wife Celeste.

The congressman continues, "around two and a half years ago," FBI agents from California came knocking on his door.

"I welcomed them into my home. I responded to their inquiries. We returned later to address more queries. I told them everything I knew and understood. They have accused me of lying to them and have filed charges against me "he stated

"These charges will be fought. I didn't deceive them. I told them everything I knew "In the video, he says.

 Former President Donald Trump sued the House select committee investigating the January 6 insurrection and the National Archives on Monday in DC District Court, claiming executive privilege in order to keep information from his presidency hidden.

Trump's lawsuit is an attempt to obstruct the House committee's investigation of his conduct prior to and during the Capitol siege. Additionally, the court move is his latest effort in a lengthy and complex battle against subpoenas issued by the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives.

The Biden administration declined to invoke executive privilege over a first tranche of Trump-era papers, and Trump continues to fight the release of approximately 40 pages.

According to the lawsuit, the House's requests for executive branch papers are "unique in their breadth and scope and are unrelated to any legitimate legislative purpose."

Additionally, it asserts that President Joe Biden's failure to protect certain records was a "political maneuver to appease his partisan backers." In a statement announcing the lawsuit, a Trump spokesperson leaned into this argument, accusing Democrats of attempting to alter the political narrative with their January 6 investigation.

"With Biden's approval ratings plummeting and Democrats' hold on 2022 slipping away, it's easy to see why the Democrats and the media want to divert America's attention away from the following: Afghanistan's surrender, skyrocketing inflation, a border crisis, crippling COVID mandates, and a stalled legislative agenda," said Taylor Budowich, a spokesperson for Trump and his political organization.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, responded Monday night in a joint statement that "The former President's clear objective is to prevent the Select Committee from obtaining the facts about January 6, and his lawsuit is an attempt to delay and obstruct our investigation. We have precedent and the law on our side."

The pair vowed to "fight the former President's efforts to hinder our inquiry while successfully prosecuting our investigation on a number of other fronts."

The White House, for its part, defended its decision not to assert privilege over papers sought by the committee, claiming in a statement Monday that Trump "abused the presidency and attempted to undermine a peaceful transfer of power."

"The former president's activities posed an unprecedented – and existential – threat to our democracy, which cannot be ignored. As President Biden ruled, executive privilege should not be used to shield material indicating a clear and apparent attempt to violate the Constitution "Mike Gwin, the White House spokesperson, said in a statement.

Among the numerous legal arguments Trump is making in court, he contends that the House Committee has not made clear why it requires records from Trump's administration and that he should have some authority to keep his presidential discussions secret.

Additionally, it asserts that the Presidential Records Act is unconstitutional if "read broadly enough to provide an incumbent President unlimited authority to waive the executive privilege of the former President barely months after an administration change."

The National Archives is scheduled to provide the requested documents to Congress early next month, putting Trump's court pursuit on a tight deadline if he wishes to prevent the information from being released to the House.

On Tuesday in the nation's capital, the FBI confirmed law enforcement operations at the house of Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska.

According to the FBI, there was "court-authorized" law enforcement action at Deripaska's Washington, D.C., residence. The representative provided no additional information about the matter.

A snapshot circulating on social media shows Deripaska's home encircled by yellow tape, with an FBI agent stationed at the driveway's end.

Deripaska, a billionaire energy magnate, is well-connected with Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2018, the Treasury Department sanctioned him during the Trump administration.

Emma Watson isn't one for frequent red carpet appearances, but when she does... To be sure, it will be remarkable.

The Harry Potter alum attended the Earthshot Prize awards ceremony in London on Sunday, her first red carpet appearance since December's Little Women premiere.

Watson came at the occasion dressed in an optical illusion gown. From one aspect, the huge tulle Harris Reed piece, which was repurposed from previous wedding gowns (! ), appears to be a billowing full-length gown:

North Korea conducted its first submarine-launched ballistic missile test in two years on Tuesday, just hours after special envoys on North Korea convened in Washington to discuss how to cope with the reclusive country's nuclear weapons capability.

The test was the latest in a string of provocations by North Korea in recent weeks, compelling South Korea's National Security Council to address the North's persistent acts of hostility in the region. The council expressed "profound sadness" that the North launched a missile in the midst of international efforts to restart talks.

According to the South Korean military, the missile was launched from Sinpo, a location on the country's east coast where North Korea frequently conducts missile tests. Additionally, the area is home to a naval installation that houses the country's submarine-launched ballistic missile program.
Conservative media personalities dishonestly utilized the death of former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, who died of Covid-19 problems, to cast doubt on the efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines on Monday, according to the conservative website Right Wing Watch.

Powell was battling multiple myeloma at the time of his vaccination, which made him more susceptible to the virus and less likely to establish an immune response after being vaccinated. Because he was 84 years old, he was also in a higher-than-average risk group.

But Powell's cancer did not make it into the monologue of Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, who was covering the story.

Instead, Carlson, the highest-rated star on the right-wing talk network, used Powell's death on Monday night to argue that Americans are being "lied to" about vaccines, according to CNN.

At the Tony Awards, Matthew Lopez's play "The Inheritance" was voted best new play.

“Howards End” serves as the beginning point for the two-part, seven-hour epic, which examines gay life in the early twenty-first century. Andrew Burnap was named best actor in a play, Stephen Daldry was named best director, and Lois Smith was named best actress in a prominent part in a play.

The renowned piece was directed by now-three-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry and won several best play awards in London, where it opened in 2018.

Merkel's coalition suffers a setback in Germany; horse-trading ahead.

BERLIN, Germany (AP) — Even as forecasts showed the long-time leader's party heading for its worst-ever performance in a national election, Germany's centre-left Social Democrats and departing Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition both claimed Sunday to lead the country's next government.

The result looked to set Europe's largest economy on a path toward protracted negotiations to create a new government, with Merkel serving as a caretaker until a successor is sworn in. The most likely path to power for both leading contenders would be a three-party governing coalition with two opposition parties that have historically been ideological rivals — the environmentalist Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats.

Only one of the three contenders to follow Merkel, who declined to run for a fifth term, appeared pleased after the result on Sunday: the Social Democrats' Olaf Scholz, the departing vice chancellor and finance minister who helped his party recover from a years-long downturn.

The expected outcomes, according to Scholz, are “a very clear mandate to guarantee that we put together a decent, pragmatic government for Germany right now.”

A partial count based on 267 of the 299 constituencies found the Social Democrats in the lead with 25.7 per cent of the vote to the Union bloc's 24.6 per cent. In previous German national elections, no victorious party had received less than 31% of the vote.

According to the partial count, the Greens, who ran for the chancellery for the first time with co-leader Annalena Baerbock, were in third place with 14.1 per cent of the vote, while the pro-business Free Democrats received 11.5 per cent.

Armin Laschet, the governor of North Rhine-Westphalia who outmanoeuvred a more popular candidate to win Merkel's Union bloc candidacy, had failed to energize the party's base and had made a number of mistakes.

Saint Laurent, the French luxury brand, will discontinue using fur in its collections beginning next year, its parent firm Kering announced Friday.

Kering said in a statement that another of its houses, Italian menswear label Brioni, will also discontinue the usage of natural fur, making the luxury conglomerate, which includes Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Bottega Veneta, entirely fur-free.

Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, stated that "becoming completely fur-free is the correct thing to do." We do it for the sake of ethics and modernity.”


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If you were expecting to get a good price on Apple's latest, the iPhone 12 series, during Amazon Prime Day, you're out of luck - iPhone 12 deals aren't included in this year's sale.

That doesn't rule out the possibility of a terrific deal on one of the handsets. While Amazon isn't offering any discounts on the iPhone 12 series, other merchants and carriers are.

 Hundreds of flights have been cancelled by American Airlines due to a personnel shortfall.

According to CNBC, American Airlines cancelled more than 300 flights on Saturday and Sunday because it was unable to staff the planes with crews.

According to reports, the airline cut its flight schedule by 1% in the first half of July due to bad weather in the south and other issues. According to a statement sent to The Post by the firm, the cut will “minimize surprises at the airport.”

“The first two weeks of June have delivered extraordinary weather to our main hubs, severely affecting our operations and creating delays, cancelled flights, and disruptions to crewmember schedules and our customers' plans,” according to the statement.

“This, combined with staffing difficulties at some of our vendors and the extraordinarily rapid ramp-up of client demand, has forced us to add additional resilience and assurance to our operation by altering a percentage of our scheduled flights through mid-July,” the statement continued.

“By altering flights in markets where we have many options for re-accommodation, we were able to impact the fewest number of customers possible.”

The flights that were cancelled this weekend made just a modest portion of the airline's entire itinerary.

According to CNBC, the 123 flights that were cancelled on Saturday accounted for 4% of all flights. According to the report, 180 flights were cancelled on Sunday, but the airline told the network that this represented only 3% of its total flights, including those run by regional carriers.

According to CNBC, half of Sunday's flights were cancelled due to personnel shortages, but no percentage was given for Saturday's flights. Other concerns, like maintenance, could have caused planned excursions to be cancelled.

The cancellations were initially reported on the View From the Wing website, which focuses on the travel sector, and stated they came as the firm tries to get “inactive pilots back online” following the coronavirus pandemic slowdown.

According to View from the Wing, the company was unable to lay off employees after obtaining federal stimulus funds. However, according to the report, American is still “only about halfway” to bringing back inactive pilots who must complete a five-day training course before becoming active.

According to the website, the shortages have primarily affected Boeing 737 aircraft.

News source: New York Post

Google has revealed that its Chrome web browser has a significant security flaw and has advised users to update. With far over two billion users, Google Chrome has an iron hold on the web browser business. Unfortunately, Google has just issued its second urgent update warning in a week, so all of those users should be on high alert.

After receiving an anonymous tip, Google acknowledged the discovery of new "zero-day" exploits in Chrome in an official blog post. Most security weaknesses are found and addressed before they reach the public, but a zero-day vulnerability is one that hackers are aware of and actively exploiting.

Let me start by encouraging everyone in Nigeria who uses Twitter for business to stay positive and strong. Buhari and his thug followers will not bring us back to a military regime. 

If you are in Nigeria and you own a Twitter account you might be hearing a lot about using VPN to connect to your Twitter account. 

What is VPN?
A virtual private network (VPN) extends a private network across a public network and enables users to send and receive data across shared or public networks. 

The best VPN's for improving your online privacy and security that you can use for free are:
The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to abolish the discrimination between holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) from tertiary institutions. Senate president Ahmad Lawan said the passage of the bill will serve as a motivation to HND holders from polytechnics.

“This particular (HND discrimination) issue has been on the front burner for a long time,” Lawan said during Wednesday’s plenary.

“I recall that in the House (of Representatives) between 2003 and 2007, this was one bill that was so important and it is a way of encouraging our polytechnic graduates.

“This should not take away the kind of training they give but should be a motivation for our polytechnic graduates.”

The bill, sponsored by Ayo Akinyelure (PDP, Ondo Central), proposed to resolve the controversy over wage disparity and gross discrimination against HND holders in the public and private sectors of the economy.

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