5-year-old Austin Birdseye loved to sing. He particularly enjoyed singing in the car--at the top of his lungs. But no more. Sunday night, his mother's boyfriend pushed Austin out of his car onto a dark, rainy, and busy highway, allegedly for being 'unruly.' Two miles from his home, Austin was struck by a vehicle and pronounced dead at the hospital. According to Newser, the mother's longtime boyfriend is soldier Bryan Starr, who is stationed at Georgia's Fort Benning.
Social media platform Parler, which has gone dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content, may never get back online, said its CEO John Matze. Bryan Wood reports.
President Donald Trump stopped to talk to reporters on his way to Texas, responding to the House of Representatives bringing Articles of Impeachment against him for a second time in his four year term.
President-elect Joe Biden has picked former South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison to head the Democratic National Committee, Biden's office said in a statement on Thursday. Gloria Tso has more.
[NFA] U.S. security forces are mounting a national operation to thwart any violence before President-elect Joe Biden takes office - while Democrats warned of possible political violence even after the Jan. 20 swearing-in. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
[NFA] Former 2020 U.S. presidential contender Andrew Yang, who built a strong grassroots following on the promise of a universal basic income, is running for mayor of New York City with the same pledge. This report produced by Emma Jehle.
On Friday, Bitcoin slid as investors took profits from the volatile trading week. Business Insider reports the cryptocurrency fell as much as 11%, to $34,409.04, at intraday lows. The slide closes out bitcoin's second most volatile week in the last three years. The coin climbed as much as $41,440 before falling as low as $30,324. The week also saw more voices dismiss the cryptocurrency as a dangerous market bubble.
President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan on Thursday. It includes $1,400 checks, according to Business Insider. Biden had pledged $2,000 direct payments to Americans. The $1,400 checks would be in addition to the $600 direct payments provided most recently. This would be welcomed funds as more and more Americans face eviction and hunger. Most developed countries worldwide have been supporting their citizens with funds since last March.
Andrew Williams was one of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th. Days later, he asked, "How are they going to arrest every single person?" in a live stream. His expression of doubt regarding the insurrection was fairly widespread among participants. Williams was arrested on January 13th, according to Business Insider. Williams' activities and participation were chronicled in photos and videos obtained by federal police.
Petco soared as much as 73% in its first day of trading on Thursday. Petco raised $817 million in its IPO debut after its shares priced at $18. The IPO frenzy has continued into 2021 following the trading debut surges of Affirm and PoshMark. Business Insider reports that Petco priced its IPO at $18 per share and sold 48 million shares. The Pet Care company operates about 1,470 pet-care centers that sell food, toys, and supplies for a range of pets.
Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been criminally charged with willful neglect of duty. The charges come in connection with the Flint water crisis. Former Michigan health director Nick Lyons is another official also expected to face charges. The Flint water crisis started in 2014, when the city decided to switch to a new water supply to save costs. Business Insider reports the water supply the city moved to use, however, was contaminated with lead and other toxins.