US Domestic News Roundup: NY Times Responds to Defamation Plaintiff with Anti-SLAPP Lawsuit; Trump endorses Vance in Ohio Republican Senate primary and more

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NY Times hits back at libel plaintiff with anti-SLAPP lawsuit

The New York Times has sued an anti-immigration author for the cost of his defamation defense in the first such lawsuit under New York’s recently expanded “anti-SLAPP” law to protect critical speech. The company is seeking unspecified fees spent to fend off a 2020 lawsuit filed by Peter Brimelow, according to the company’s lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday.

Trump Endorses Vance in Ohio Republican Senate Primary

Donald Trump endorsed author JD Vance in the Republican Senate primary in Ohio on Friday amid a crowded race marked by negativity as many candidates tried to ally themselves with the former president. The winner of the May 3 primary will represent the party in the November 8 midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, where Republicans are expected to make gains over President Joe Biden’s Democrats.

Twelve injured, 10 shot, in South Carolina mall shooting

Twelve people were injured, 10 of them by gunfire, in a shooting that erupted Saturday at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina, and three people were arrested, police said. Columbia Police Chief William Holbrook said the Columbiana Center mall shooting was not considered a random act of violence, but rather stemmed from “some kind of conflict” between a group of individuals armed who knew each other.

Texas Governor Reaches Deal With Mexican State That Should Reduce Truck Traffic Jams

Texas will halt enhanced inspections of trucks from Mexico after reaching an agreement with the last of four neighboring Mexican states, Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday, a move that should ease lengthy and costly safeguards over the past week. . The agreement calls on the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, located on the far east of the Texas-Mexico border, to step up security efforts targeting illegal immigration and drug trafficking, Abbott and Tamaulipas Governor Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca at a press conference in Weslaco, Texas, near the US-Mexico border.

US arrests 210,000 migrants at Mexico border in March, rivaling records

US border officials arrested 210,000 migrants attempting to cross the border into Mexico in March, the highest monthly total in two decades and underscoring the challenges of the coming months for US President Joe Biden. The March total represents a 24% increase from the same month a year earlier, when 169,000 migrants were picked up at the border, the start of a surge in migration that has left thousands of children unaccompanied stuck in crowded border patrol posts for days awaiting placement. in overwhelmed government-run shelters.

Track and field runners ‘pumped’ as Boston Marathon returns in April

The Boston Marathon returns Monday to its traditional April date for the first time in three years with the fastest field in the history of the race, with a star-studded roster of former champions and Olympic medalists. Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir leads the women’s field after her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and victory in the New York Marathon last year, while local hero Molly Seidel looks to build on her medal bronze at these Olympics and to triumph in his first Boston Marathon.

Two dead, several injured in shooting at Pittsburgh party

Two people have died and as many as 11 people were injured after they were shot at a party in the East Allegheny neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety announced in a series of tweets on Sunday. As many as 10 gunshot victims are being treated at area hospitals, authorities said, before updating that an eleventh gunshot victim linked to the incident presented to a local hospital and the the person’s condition was not known.

US to resume oil and gas drilling on public lands despite Biden campaign pledge

The Biden administration said Friday it had resumed plans for oil and gas development on federal lands, a move that could break a promise made by Joe Biden during his presidential campaign. The plan asks the government to lease fewer acres for drilling than originally planned, charge higher royalties to oil and gas companies and assess the climate impact of acreage development.

Five people to share $50,000 reward for tips on NYC subway shooting suspect

Five people who provided “critical information” that helped arrest the man accused of this week’s mass shooting in a New York City subway will share a $50,000 reward, the Department of Justice announced on Friday. NYPD. Frank James, the man accused of carrying out one of the most violent attacks on the city’s public transit system, was arrested in lower Manhattan on Wednesday following a manhunt of 30 hours which was helped by a deluge of tips from the public. James, 62, also called the police hotline to surrender, assisting in his own capture, according to his lawyers.

Biden and first lady report earning more than $600,000 on tax returns in 2021

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill released their federal tax returns on Friday, showing the couple earned more than $600,000 last year and paid an effective federal tax rate of 24.6%. The Bidens also donated about 2.8% of their earnings, or $17,384, to charity, including $5,000 to the Beau Biden Foundation, which works to prevent child abuse. Beau Biden, the president’s son, died of cancer in 2015.

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