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Biden administration grants humanitarian protections to Venezuelans in the US

The Biden administration on Monday granted humanitarian protection for Venezuelans, allowing an estimated 300,000 people to apply and remain lawfully in the United States, according to senior administration officials. Venezuelans in the United States will have the opportunity to apply for Temporary Protected Status — a form of humanitarian relief, which can be granted when…MORE

NYC prosecutors’ probe into Trump finances expands to include millions loaned for Chicago skyscraper

The Manhattan district attorney’s office subpoenaed documents from an investment company that loaned the Trump Organization millions of dollars for its Chicago skyscraper in a sign that the investigation into the former president’s finances continues to expand, according to people familiar with the investigation. Prosecutors issued the grand jury subpoena to Fortress Investment Management late…MORE

US proposes Afghanistan government enter interim power-sharing agreement with Taliban

US proposes Afghanistan government enter interim power-sharing agreement with Taliban

The Biden administration has proposed to the Afghan government that they enter an interim power-sharing agreement with the Taliban in a letter from Secretary of State Antony Blinken to President Ashraf Ghani. Blinken also proposed that Afghanistan’s neighbors, including Iran, take on a greater role and warned that the Biden administration continues to review whether…MORE

‘QAnon shaman’ must remain in jail, judge rules

‘QAnon shaman’ must remain in jail, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Monday that the so-called “QAnon shaman” who was charged in the Capitol insurrection is too dangerous to release and must stay in jail while his case moves forward. Judge Royce Lamberth said that Jacob Chansley was unrepentant and could plot further attacks against the US government if put on house arrest.…MORE

Rare Kobe Bryant rookie card sells for almost $1.8 million

Rare Kobe Bryant rookie card sells for almost $1.8 million

A rare Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for more than $1.795 million on Saturday, “an all-time record” for any Bryant card, according to the Goldin Auctions, an online auction house. The Topps trading card is a chrome refractors edition sold from 1996-97, Goldin Auctions said on its website. It is just one of two in…MORE

It’s not just you. Your pets are also putting on the pounds during the pandemic

It’s not just you. Your pets are also putting on the pounds during the pandemic

Pets are often celebrated for matching their owner’s mannerisms. Walking at the same pace? A sign of good training. Cuddling and watching TV together? Adorable. Stress-eating together because you’re both home all day due to a harrowing pandemic? Less endearing — and potentially dangerous. Veterinarians across the US are noticing weight gain and higher levels…MORE

A snake that smiles right back at you … three times

A snake that smiles right back at you … three times

There are a few reptile fanatics that smile when they see snakes, but maybe only one snake that can smile right back at you … three times. After eight years of breeding, this lavender albino piebald ball python has three smiley faces on it. And it was a complete accident. Justin Kobylka, who has been…MORE

As Grassley weighs his future, Republicans eye his seat

As Grassley weighs his future, Republicans eye his seat

He’s been in the Senate for more than four decades and a fixture in Iowa since starting his political career more than 62 years ago. And now at age 87, Republicans in and out of Iowa are buzzing about this key question bound to reshape politics in the state and at the national level: Will…MORE

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