Dow Jones Industrial Average passes 40,000 for the first time ever

The Dow Jones Industrial index exceeded 40,000 for the first time Thursday, extending a strong year of stock market gains. The Dow hit 40,000.54 before dropping back, but it was the first time it had crossed that threshold; The Dow is now up about 6% so far this year. Markets were bolstered by gains from …

Sen. Bob Menendez reveals wife Nadine has breast cancer and will undergo mastectomy

Embattled New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez revealed on Thursday that his wife Nadine Menendez has breast cancer. Senator and Mrs. Menendez are charged separately in a case alleging the senator abused his position to act as a foreign agent for Egypt and Qatar and accepted bribes from several New Jersey businessmen. Senator Menendez, 70, …

Barge strike causes partial collapse of bridge between Galveston and Pelican Island, Texas

Officials confirmed on Wednesday that a barge slammed into a bridge pillar in Galveston, Texas on Wednesday, spilling oil into surrounding waters and closing the only road to a small island. Ronnie Varela with the Galveston’s Office of Emergency Management said that the bridge leading to Pelican Island, located just north of Galveston, was hit …

Biden and Trump agree to two presidential debates in late June and September

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump agreed to participate in two general election debates, on June 27 and Sept. 10. Biden and Trump accepted an invitation from CNN to debate on June 27, with Biden sharing in a post on X: “I’ve received and accepted an invitation from @CNN for a …

Deadly bus crash in Florida kills 8 farmworkers, injures dozens more

At least eight people were killed and up to 40 more were hospitalized – some critically — after a bus carrying farm workers crashed and overturned early Tuesday morning on a Florida highway Tuesday morning. The Florida Highway Patrol said that the crash involved a 2010 International retired school bus transporting farm workers and a …

NY court upholds gag order in hush money trial after Trump appeal is rejected

On Tuesday, a New York court denied former President Donald Trump’s bid to lift the gag order limiting what he can say about those involved in his ongoing criminal trial, saying the order does not violate Trump’s First Amendment rights. Justice Juan Merchan, the judge overseeing Trump’s trial on 34 counts of falsifying business records, …

Melinda French Gates announces her resignation from the Gates Foundation

Billionaire philanthropist Melinda French Gates announced she is stepping down from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the charitable organization that she co-founded in 2000 with her now ex-husband, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. Saying “this is not a decision I came to lightly,” French Gates, 59, wrote in a post on social media that under …

Canadian wildfire smoke triggers air quality alerts in 4 states across the U.S.

Smoke from wildfires in western Canada has led to air quality alerts in four U.S. states, with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre reporting that Canada has 146 active wildfires burning, including dozens in British Columbia and Alberta that are characterized as “out of control.” In the United States, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and …

Ohio police officer shot and killed after being ambushed by gunman

An Ohio police officer investigating a call of a disturbance at a home was fatally shot Saturday night in what authorities described as an “ambush” by an alleged gunman who was found dead Sunday. Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said Sunday that Officers were dispatched to a home in Euclid, Ohio, just before 10 p.m. …

Duke University graduates walk out ahead of Jerry Seinfeld’s commencement speech

Dozens of students walked out of Duke University’s graduation ceremony on Sunday in North Carolina, as actor/comedian Jerry Seinfeld was about to give his commencement speech. Seinfeld was met with boos, with some graduating students walking out, in what is the latest in a wave of anti-war protests that took place at college graduations across …