McDonald’s hiring 14-year-olds in Oregon amid shortage

A branch of McDonald’s in Oregon, US, is calling on 14 and 15 year olds to apply for jobs at the restaurant amid a shortage of fast food workers. The Biddle Road franchise in Medford put a banner outside its shop two weeks ago, urging younger workers to apply. According to reports, it has seen a spike in applications since making the offer, which complies with labour laws. It comes as fast food and other outlets across the US struggle to fill vacancies despite restrictions easing. Heather Kennedy, operator of the Medford restaurant, told Business Insider such staff shortages were “unheard … Continue reading McDonald’s hiring 14-year-olds in Oregon amid shortage

Update: New Orleans under curfew amid blackout due to Hurricane Ida

New Orleans officials have imposed a citywide curfew as large parts of Louisiana and Mississippi remain without power following Hurricane Ida. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the curfew would last from 20:00 to 06:00 and police said there had been “several” incidents of looting in the city. Energy companies are working to restore power but residents are being warned it could take weeks in some areas. Meanwhile water services and infrastructure have also been hit. Two people were killed and at least 10 injured after a section of highway collapsed near Lucedale, Mississippi on Monday. Several cars were reported to have … Continue reading Update: New Orleans under curfew amid blackout due to Hurricane Ida

American Failure: Last US military flight departs ending America’s longest war

The last US military flight has left Kabul airport, marking the end of a controversial 20-year presence in Afghanistan and America’s longest war. Officials said the last C17 aircraft took off with the US ambassador onboard after midnight local time on Tuesday. They added that the diplomatic mission to assist those unable to leave before the deadline would continue. Celebratory gunfire by the Taliban was heard after the last plane departed. The aircraft’s departure was the final chapter in a contentious military effort, which eventually saw the US handing Afghanistan back to the very Islamist militants it sought to root … Continue reading American Failure: Last US military flight departs ending America’s longest war

Man attacked by alligator in flooded Louisiana waters after Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida has destroyed homes, left millions without power and killed at least two people. But perhaps most ominous, it’s brought danger in the water that’s flooding into communities. A man inspects his RV in rising floodwaters in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, as he drives through a campground in Magnolia, Miss., on Monday. Officials say a man was attacked by an alligator in some of those flooded Louisiana waters Monday. The man’s wife witnessed the attack that happened near the city of Slidell, which is just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, Jason Gaubert, a spokesman for the St. Tammany Fire District No. 1, … Continue reading Man attacked by alligator in flooded Louisiana waters after Hurricane Ida

America Oh America: U.S. reportedly gave Taliban the names of Americans and Afghan allies

Lawmakers and military officials are reportedly outraged after the United States gave the Taliban a list of the names of Americans and Afghan allies to evacuate.  According to a report from Politico on Thursday, American officials in Kabul “gave the Taliban a list of names of American citizens, green card holders and Afghan allies to grant entry into the militant-controlled outer perimeter of the city’s airport.” The report says this was intended to “expedite” the evacuation efforts but that the move has drawn outrage from military officials and from lawmakers.   “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” a defense official told Politico. “It’s just … Continue reading America Oh America: U.S. reportedly gave Taliban the names of Americans and Afghan allies

Disgusting Greed: Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, offers $6,500-a-seat flights from Afghanistan

Prince, who is the brother of former U.S. Education secretary Betsy DeVos and grew up in west Michigan, told the Journal it would cost more if people needed his aid in getting out of their homes and to the airport with the Taliban in control of the country. The article, which described the scramble underway by both American forces and private rescue operations to evacuate Afghans, U.S. citizens and others ahead of an Aug. 31 withdrawal of U.S. troops from that country, said it was unclear whether Prince, who founded the military security firm formerly known as Blackwater was capable of carrying out … Continue reading Disgusting Greed: Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, offers $6,500-a-seat flights from Afghanistan

Are US citizens being asked to pay $2,000 for evacuation flights out of Kabul?

After the State Department issued an alert over the weekend saying U.S. citizens could have to pay $2,000 or more for evacuation flights out of Afghanistan, a report indicated people hoping to escape are being asked to pay up. Although U.S. officials told Politico, evacuation flights out of Kabul would be free, its national security daily newsletter reported some sources said otherwise, including one who said State Department staff were asking for up to $2,000 per U.S. citizen and more from noncitizens. This aligns with a security alert published on the website of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, part of the State Department’s … Continue reading Are US citizens being asked to pay $2,000 for evacuation flights out of Kabul?

Man claiming to have explosives near Capitol surrenders to police

A man who claimed to have explosives in his pickup truck parked near the U.S. Capitol has surrendered to law enforcement, bringing an end to a five-hour-long standoff with police on Thursday that prompted the evacuation of several buildings in the area. U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement late Thursday a bomb was not found in the vehicle, but possible bomb-making materials were recovered. As of 5:30 p.m. ET, investigators were still on the scene but said the area had been cleared. U.S. Capitol Police chief Thomas Manger told reporters the suspect, identified as Floyd Ray Roseberry, 49, of Grover, … Continue reading Man claiming to have explosives near Capitol surrenders to police

US increases food stamp aid for poorer Americans

The Biden administration has increased the amount of government-provided food assistance distributed to approximately one-in-8 Americans each month. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday announced an increase of over 25% for funds used to buy food. The increased budget will be available starting in October to the 42 million people who receive food stamps – known formally as Snap benefits. The average benefit will increase by about $36 (£26) per person, per month. Americans enrolled in the programme will see their monthly pre-pandemic allowance rise from $121 to about $157. In 2018, Congress ordered the USDA to review … Continue reading US increases food stamp aid for poorer Americans

Top aide to governor Andrew Cuomo resigns amid scandal

A top aide to New York state’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal involving her boss. Melissa DeRosa, secretary to Mr Cuomo, announced her resignation on Sunday. She said working for the people of New York “has been the greatest honour of my life”. A report released last week claimed Mr Cuomo had sexually harassed 11 women. Mr Cuomo denies any wrongdoing and has vowed to stay in office but he could soon face impeachment. The report by the state’s Attorney General Letitia James found that Mr Cuomo had sexually harassed multiple women and violated state … Continue reading Top aide to governor Andrew Cuomo resigns amid scandal

US to allow visitors from Hong Kong to stay for 18 months

Thousands of Hong Kong residents are to be offered a temporary “safe haven” in the US, President Joe Biden says. Mr Biden said that because Hong Kong’s freedoms were being violated by China, the US would allow visitors to stay for a period of 18 months. Thousands of Hong Kong residents already in the US may benefit. China has reacted angrily to the announcement, describing the decision as a gross interference in Hong Kong’s internal affairs. The UK has offered people from Hong Kong a path towards permanent residency following last year’s adoption of China’s security law for the territory. … Continue reading US to allow visitors from Hong Kong to stay for 18 months

Police officer dead, suspect killed after stabbing at US Pentagon

A police officer died after being stabbed Tuesday in a violent incident at a transit station at the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States military, and a suspect was shot by law enforcement and died at the scene, unnamed law enforcement officials told The Associated Press. The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, was temporarily placed on lockdown after gunshots were fired Tuesday morning near the entrance of the building. Pentagon Force Protection Agency Chief Woodrow Kusse confirmed in a media conference that a Pentagon police officer was attacked on the DC Metro … Continue reading Police officer dead, suspect killed after stabbing at US Pentagon