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On Sunday, President Joe Biden said a bipartisan deal to raise the US debt ceiling and avert a fast-approaching default is ready to move to Congress. Biden said the agreement was a “compromise”, while Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy earlier called it “worthy of the American people”. They must now convince members of Congress to approve it. The proposed deal is the result of long and bitter negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The Treasury had warned the US will run out of money on 5 June without a deal.

Police arrested a Missouri man they believe intentionally crashed a U-Haul truck into a security barrier at a park across from the White House. The box truck’s driver smashed into the barrier near the north side of Lafayette Square on Monday at around 10 p.m., Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement. He was identified as 19-year-old Sai Varshith Kandula, of Chesterfield, a St. Louis suburb. No one was injured in the crash. Officers from the Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department searched the truck after the crash and found several pieces of evidence from the truck, including a Nazi flag.

Former diplomat and presidential adviser Henry Kissinger marked his 100th birthday Saturday, outlasting many of his political contemporaries who guided the United States through one of its most tumultuous periods including the presidency of Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. Born in Germany on May 27, 1923, Kissinger remains known for his key role in American foreign policy of the 1960s and 1970s. 

Jessica Watkins, an Army veteran who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a military-style formation with fellow members of the Oath Keepers was sentenced Friday to more than eight years in prison, a day after the far-right extremist group’s founder received an 18-year prison term in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack. Watkins, of Woodstock, Ohio, was acquitted of the seditious conspiracy charge that Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was found guilty of in November, but jurors convicted her of obstruction and conspiracy to impede Congress. 

A grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing Migos rapper Takeoff on a murder charge, according to the district attorney in Harris County, Texas. The 28-year-old recording artist, whose real name was Kirsnick Khari Ball, was killed on Nov. 1, 2022, when shots were fired outside a Houston bowling alley. Ball was an innocent bystander, police said. A month later, Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested and charged in the case.

Target, once seen as being boldly supportive of the LGBTQ+ community is at risk of losing that status after removing some LGBTQ+-themed products, and hiding Pride Month displays in certain Southern locations, in response to online complaints and in-store confrontations that it says were a threat to employees’ well-being. Backlash from customers is coming Targets way because they are upset by the discount retailer’s reaction to aggressive, anti-LGBTQ+ activism, which has also been sweeping through Republican state legislatures.

Four Confederate flags that flew for about 60 years at the base of a popular Stone Mountain Park walk-up trail have been moved ahead of the busy Memorial Day weekend. The flags were transferred Tuesday within the Stone Mountain site to Valor Park, an alcove at the base of a giant carving of Confederate leaders in granite on the mountain’s northern face. The carving — the world’s largest Confederate monument — is not visible from the base of the trail, and now, neither are the flags. “This is a great way to start the weekend,” said Brian Morris, a member of the Stone Mountain Action Coalition, which has pushed for reforms at the park and protested Confederate Memorial Day ceremonies there.

The public back-and-forth between Atlanta rapper Rick Ross and the Fayette County government has concluded as the permit for the entertainer’s second annual car show was approved Friday. Ross posted the letter from Fayette’s director of zoning and planning, Deborah Bell, informing his company that their conditional use permit had been approved. The permit was initially denied for the June 3 event in Fayetteville due to concerns over traffic, crowds and noise. In response, Ross’ team said the event would go ahead as planned even without the permit. 

The latest research says taking a daily vitamin can have a positive effect on memory. The study found multivitamins may boost memory function in some people, by the equivalent of three years of normal, age-related memory loss. 

Elon Musk’s brain implant company Neuralink says it’s gotten permission from U.S. regulators to begin testing its device in people. The company made the announcement on Twitter Thursday evening but has provided no details about a potential study, which was not listed on the U.S. government database of clinical trials. FDA officials wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the agency granted the approval. 

The Braves OutKast bobblehead night last week was a complete success. The team gave away bobbleheads featuring Atlanta’s hip-hop duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 to the first 15,000 fans to enter the gates for the game against the Phillies. Fans lined up at the Battery Well before the gates opened to ensure they were among the lucky ones to get the bobblehead that featured Big Boi and Andre 3000 in Braves gear and driving a red Cadillac. A search on eBay Friday morning listed the bobbleheads for as much as $350. 

Mercedes is recalling 7,558 vehicles in the United States, which includes examples of the 2022 Mercedes EQS 450 and EQS 580, the 2023 Mercedes S 580e, and the 2023 Mercedes-Maybach S580 and S680. Certain driving behavior could leave the owners with a speedometer that reads 0 mph, regardless of their actual speed. The problem relates to a flaw in the ESP software that could constitute a safety issue.

Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce is being recalled because it may contain soy that is not declared on the label, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.While no illnesses have been reported to date in connection to the sauce, the company is urging those with an allergy to soy not to eat it. The recalled product is Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce packaged in a 12-ounce glass bottle. The UPC number that is stamped on the product label is 0 75500 10011 6.

Trader Joe’s is recalling their brand of instant Cold Brew Coffee after being alerted by their suppliers that the product may contain pieces of glass. There is concern that consumers may have this product in their homes because of its long shelf life. Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee, SKU# 67436, EXP date codes 6/13/2024, 11/26/2024 and 12/30/2024. As of the posting of this recall, no injuries have been reported to date, and all potentially affected product has been removed from sale. Consumers who have purchased or received donations of any Instant Cold Brew Coffee with the aforementioned date codes, should not use them. Consumers should discard the product or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend…


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