Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the first Black Secretary of State, died Monday due to complications from Covid-19, his family said in a statement on Facebook. Powell, 84, was fully vaccinated from Covid-19, his family said. He received treatment at Walter Reed National Medical Center. "General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19. He was fully vaccinated," the family said in the statement. "We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American."
A man armed with a bow and arrows killed five people Wednesday near the Norwegian capital of Oslo before he was arrested, authorities said. read more
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have announced the Rolling Stones will stop performing hit song Brown Sugar, amid discomfort about the 50-year-old classic's references to slavery. The hit track was originally titled 'Black P****', but Jagger decided before releasing it that the title was too 'nitty-gritty' and it was changed to Brown Sugar. The band, currently on the road for a 13-date U.S. tour, have not played Brown Sugar - one of their most recognizable songs - since kicking off in St Louis on September 26. The 1969 song depicts scenes of slavery and sexual violence, including lyrics telling of a slave driver whipping a group of women, and has come under fire in recent years for its comments about slavery. Keith Richards said the band have made the decision to retire the track as they don't want to get involved in 'conflicts' about the lyrics, while Mick Jagger hinted that the song may return to their setlist in the future. read more
A Fresno, California, area woman who received a nearly $5 million settlement after the police killed her son has been arrested for using some of that money to buy guns for another son and gang members. Forty-two-year-old Christina Lopez was one of 14 people charged in the takedown of a Fresno-area gang that was allegedly involved in the shooting death of a man in July, according to the Fresno County Sheriff's Office. Police say that the murder was a hit ordered on behalf of the gang by a 47-year-old murder convict serving a life sentence. In April, Lopez's family was awarded $4.9 million from the city of Fresno, California, as a result of a police shooting that killed her 16-year-old son Isiah Murrietta-Golding after he fled from law enforcement. Investigators say Lopez purchased guns for her 14-year-old son who was part of the gang, and the son then shared or sold the guns to other members of the gang.
The discount retailer Dollar Tree has broken its promise to sell everything for $1. Rising shipping costs, higher labor costs and supply chain woes are the likely causes. "For decades, our customers have enjoyed the 'thrill-of-the-hunt' for value at one dollar - and we remain committed to that core proposition," said CEO Michael Witynski. But now the thrill costs $1.25, $1.50 or even $5.