A Republican district attorney in Pennsylvania who styled himself as a tough-on-crime prosecutor"while refusing to pursue charges against anyone cited for disregarding state mask mandates"now stands accused of violently raping a female acquaintance in her own home, according to Pennsylvania State Police. Somerset County DA Jeffrey Lynn Thomas, 36, allegedly attacked the unidentified woman on Sept. 18, having first contacted her on Snapchat to say he'd be coming over in a few minutes, according to police. A criminal complaint obtained by the Somerset County, Pennsylvania Tribune-Democrat states that the woman knew Thomas in a professional capacity and that she had for years rebuffed his persistent sexual advances.
The agency did not explain why it was auditing elections in Collin, Dallas, Harris and Tarrant counties. Its announcement came hours after former President Donald Trump asked that an election audit bill be added to a special legislative session agenda. read more
Alabama, Georgia, and Texas accounted for a third of the nation's COVID-19 deaths last week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University released on Tuesday. read more
The ICU here has space for 28 patients but last Friday was operating at 160% capacity, [Billings Clinic's Director of Critical Care Christy] Baxter said. read more
The United States in 2020 experienced the biggest rise in murder since the start of national record-keeping in 1960, according to data gathered by the F.B.I. for its annual report on crime. read more