Nancy Pelosi taps AOC, Himes for new inequality committee

Nancy Pelosi taps AOC, Himes for new inequality committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has selected which Democratic members she will appoint to a new select committee focused on addressing wealth inequality — with a former Wall Street financier-turned-nonprofit chief leading the team that includes AOC being in charge of “generational disparities and increasing worker power.” Pelosi (D-Calif.) unveiled her picks to serve on the … Read more

Federal workers get surprise Friday off for Juneteenth holiday

Federal workers get surprise Friday off for Juneteenth holiday

The White House announced Thursday that most federal workers will have Friday off due to the new Juneteenth federal holiday, which President Biden will sign into law Thursday afternoon. White House chief of staff Ron Klain announced the surprise three-day weekend on Twitter. “Today [Biden] will sign the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing June … Read more

School excludes cheerleader with Down syndrome from yearbook

School excludes cheerleader with Down syndrome from yearbook

A Utah cheerleader with Down syndrome was excluded from her team’s yearbook photo — an omission that relatives believe may have been because of her disability, according to reports. Morgyn Arnold, the team’s 14-year-old manager, was “devastated” when she was left out of the cheer squad photo in Shoreline Junior High School’s 2020-21 yearbook, KSTU … Read more

Massachusetts teen dies after attempting viral blackout challenge on TikTok

Massachusetts teen dies after attempting viral blackout challenge on TikTok

A Massachusetts middle school student has died after he attempted the so-called “blackout challenge” on TikTok, his family said. Nate Squires, 13, an eighth-grade student at Amherst Regional Middle School, suffered fatal injuries when he tried last week to play the social media game, which challenges participants to choke themselves until they pass out for … Read more

US Army has hidden or downplayed loss of firearms for years

US Army has hidden or downplayed loss of firearms for years

The US Army has hidden or downplayed the extent to which its firearms disappear, significantly understating losses and thefts even as some weapons are used in street crimes. The Army’s pattern of secrecy and suppression dates back nearly a decade, when the Associated Press began investigating weapons accountability within the military. Officials fought the release … Read more