Islamic State 'Beatle' jailed for life by US court

A member of the notorious Islamic State kidnap-and-murder cell known as the "Beatles" was sentenced to life in prison by a US court on Friday for the deaths of four American hostages in Syria. The trial of the former British national, which featured emotional testimony from former hostages and parents of the murdered Americans, was the most significant prosecution of an IS militant in the United States.
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Mexican cartels are killing Americans with fentanyl at "catastrophic" rates, DEA chief says

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said two Mexican cartels are behind the influx of fentanyl in the U.S. that's killing tens of thousands of Americans. "What we see happening at DEA is essentially that there are two cartels in Mexico, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, that are killing Americans with fentanyl at catastrophic and record rates like we have never seen before," DEA Administrator Anne Milgram told "CBS Mornings" on Friday ahead of National Fentanyl Prevention and Awareness Day. "Those cartels are acting with calculated, deliberate treachery to get fentanyl to the United States and to get people to buy it through fake pills, by hiding it in other drugs, any means that they can take in order to drive addiction and to make money."

McDonald's to Test Wild New Twist to Classic Big Mac in the US

The chicken Big Mac Sandwich is making its way to the U.S. Big Mac lovers learned that McDonald's in the U.K. introduced the new menu item. And now, Americans will have their turn to give it a try. Delish reports that the sandwich will first be tested out in select locations in Miami, and for a limited time only. If it fares well in Miami, the Chicken Big Mac may find its way to locations nationwide. The U.K. version includes two crispy chicken patties made with chicken breast meat, a slice of cheese, lettuce, pickles, and Big Mac sauce. Whether or not the same exact version will be available in the U.S. is unknown. The Chicken Big Mac will be available as early as the end of August in Miami.

ISIS ‘Beatle’ Gets Life in Prison for Torturing, Murdering U.S. Hostages

A British national who was part of the ISIS “Beatles” became the highest ranking ISIS official to be sentenced in U.S. court Friday to life in prison. El Shafee Elsheikh kidnapped about two dozen Westerners a decade ago, many of whom were beaten, raped, and beheaded. He was prosecuted for his role in the deaths of four Americans, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller. Three of the four were beheaded in videos put online, while the Mueller was forced into slavery and raped before she was killed. “This prosecution unmasked the vicious and sadistic ISIS Beatles,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh, referencing the fact that Elsheikh and his associates would often wear masks in torture sessions. Elsheikh and his three collaborators were dubbed the “Beatles” due to their British accents, which stood out in Islamic State’s many gory propaganda videos.Read it at NBC News

911 Tribute Museum has closed due to financial issues

The 911 Tribute Museum in New York was a place where you could go and experience what took place on September 11 2001 when the Twin Towers were destroyed and thousands of lives were lost. The museum opened in 2006 and was a location where you learned the stories of those who lived and experienced the tragic events. Guided tours by family members, first responders, and survivors and visual narratives told throughout the exhibits were a wonderful history lesson.

Americans should focus on Biden’s accomplishments, says chief of staff – live

Ron Klain argues president has made a historic impact and that focus shouldn’t be on inflation or Afghanistan withdrawalSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by emailDemocratic leaders went on the attack against Mike Pence, as the former vice-president under Donald Trump heads to Iowa today amid increased speculation of a potential 2024 campaign.Jaime Harrison, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, sharply criticized Pence’s repeated calls for a national abortion ban in the wake of the supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade. Continue reading...

Interest rates worsen housing crisis for working families – time to act

The Federal Reserve is rapidly raising interest rates in order to fight inflation, announcing another sharp upward bump July 27. While no one likes inflation, Congress and the president must recognize the harm this sudden rise in rates can do in our already troubled housing market. That harm won’t be distributed equally, but there are things we can do to reduce the damage to those who will be hurt the worst.

President Biden signs Inflation Reduction Act

President Joe Biden signed into law Tuesday the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, H.R. 5376 – which he called “one of the most significant laws in our history.”. “Today offers further proof that the soul of America is vibrant, the future of America is bright, and the promise of America is real and just beginning,” Biden declared with pride.