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The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its guidance for the upcoming school year on Monday, now recommending that anyone above the age of 2 wear masks inside schools to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, “regardless of vaccination status.” The decision comes as COVID-19 cases are climbing across the U.S. due to the highly transmissible Delta variant. “We need to prioritize getting children back into schools alongside their friends and their teachers — and we all play a role in making sure it happens safely,” Sonja O’Leary, the chair of the AAP Council on School Health, said in a statement. “The pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll on children, and it’s not just their education that has suffered but their mental, emotional and physical health.
Kindergarten students participate in a classroom activity on the first day of in-person learning at Maurice Sendak Elementary School in Los Angeles, Calif., on April 13. (AP)
The Florida cop who has been in critical condition after being shot in the head by a suspect late last month is now “speaking and opening his eyes,” a Florida congressman has revealed – although he is now facing criticism from the officer’s chief for disclosing that information. Rep. Mike Waltz, R-FLa., says he learned about Daytona Beach Police officer Jason Raynor’s condition after speaking with his chief. Othal Wallace, who is accused of shooting Raynor in the head during a traffic stop on June 23, was indicted Thursday on an attempted murder charge.”His mother felt comfortable leaving the hospital for the first time in weeks,” Waltz wrote in a tweet providing an update on Raynor’s status. “Nothing short of a miracle!”
Othal Wallace was indicted Thursday on an attempted murder charge.
(FBI)MAN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY FIRING AK-47 NEAR POLICE OFFICERS DURING TRAFFIC STOP However, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young is criticizing Waltz Friday for revealing the information.”If I or @DaytonaBchPD intended to give an update on Officer Raynor’s status we would have done so ourselves! @michaelgwaltz had NO RIGHT to tweet this!” Young posted on Twitter. “I apologize to the Raynor family for this egregious violation of their trust. This is nothing more than politics at its best.”Waltz later offered his “sincerest apologies to the Raynor family” and Daytona Beach police.”I was excited at the prospect of good news for Officer Raynor and did not intend to share info that wasn’t meant to be released. Continuing to pray for a speedy recovery,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet.When Fox News contacted Daytona Beach Police Friday asking about Raynor’s condition, a department spokesperson said, “In reference to a post by Rep. Mike Waltz, It is not our practice to confirm someone else’s Tweet/Statement” and “the Chief has no additional comment.”Raynor’s bodycam recorded the shooting, and the video shows Wallace getting out of a driver’s seat when the officer approaches and refusing when Raynor asks him to sit back down. SUSPECT CAPTURED IN GEORGIA COUNTRY CLUB TRIPLE HOMICIDEAfter a brief exchange, the two begin fighting, and Raynor can be heard yelling, “Stop! Stop, man!” before a gunshot. The officer had been hospitalized in critical condition ever since. At the time of his arrest, Wallace was allegedly holed up in a treehouse stocked with firearms on land owned by the “Not F—ing Around Coalition,” according to authorities. The group, also known as NFAC, has been involved in at least one violent clash before. A member accidentally shot and wounded three associates during an armed rally in Louisville, Ky., in July 2020. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP A now-removed Facebook page belonging to the militia and allegedly run by Wallace contained violent anti-police rhetoric and Black power messages. He has a lengthy criminal record, including arrests for assault and battery. Fox News’ Michael Ruiz and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
Migrant detention centers are seeing a spike in coronavirus cases as the number of detainees has almost doubled in recent months. As of last week, more than 26,000 people are in custody at the U.S. facilities, compared to only 14,000 in April, according to the New York Times. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reports that upward of 7,500 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the centers during that time period – accounting for more than 40% of overall infections in ICE facilities since the onset of the pandemic early last year.
Migrants in a green area outside of a soft-sided detention center after they were taken into custody while trying to sneak into the U.S., in Donna, Texas, in March. (Associated Press)
(AP)DELTA COVID-19 VARIANT NOW DOMINANT IN US, CDC PREDICTS “On-site medical professionals are credited with reducing the risk of further spreading the disease by immediately testing, identifying and isolating the exposed detainees to mitigate the spread of infection,” Paige Hughes, an ICE spokeswoman, told the New York Times, adding that all new detainees are tested for the virus upon entry. But public health officials said to the newspaper that migrants who are captured are transported by bus – and therefore are in close proximity to one another – prior to being tested at the facilities. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP As of May, only around 20% of detainees being processed at the centers have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the New York Times, citing ICE data. “You have people coming in and out of the facility, into communities where incomplete vaccination allows these variants to flourish, and then you bring them inside the facilities, and that variant will spread,” said Sharon Dolovich, a law professor and director of the Covid Behind Bars Data Project at University of California, Los Angeles.
An 87-year-old Texas woman has been found dead in her home from what police are calling “homicidal violence.” The discovery of Anita Daniels Thompson’s body in Dallas came a day after she reported that someone had tried to break into her home, according to KDFW. Dallas Police, as of Wednesday, have yet to release the names of any suspects or explain how Thompson was killed.
Anita Daniels Thompson was found dead inside her home in Dallas on Tuesday, police say. (Google Maps)
Wisconsin prosecutors are asking a judge Thursday to allow evidence at the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse showing that he had a previous violent encounter in Kenosha before shooting and killing two men last year during a police brutality protest – and that he also was associated with the right-wing group Proud Boys. The state filed its motion in Kenosha County Circuit Court as Rittenhouse, 18, is being charged with killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, on Aug. 25. Crowds in Kenosha during that time were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed when he was shot by a white police officer. Prosecutors want to introduce a video from July 1, 2020, which they say shows Rittenhouse striking a teenage girl in the back at Kenosha’s lakefront.
Kyle Rittenhouse listens during his pretrial hearing May 21, 2021 at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis. (AP/The Kenosha News)
(AP)REP. SWALWELL LABELS REPUBLICANS AS SUPPORTERS OF MASS SHOOTERS “In both the July 1, 2020 incident and the August 25, 2020 incident, the defendant, an Illinois resident, willingly and intentionally put himself in violent situations in Wisconsin that do not involve him in order to commit further acts of violence,” the motion states. Prosecutors also said Rittenhouse’s association with the Proud Boys should be considered at the trial because it shows that he takes pride in violence. Photos taken in January show Rittenhouse drinking inside a Mount Pleasant bar and gesturing with what appeared to be a white power symbol. The motion states that prosecutors have since learned that the people with Rittenhouse at the bar included the leader of the Wisconsin Proud Boys chapter and several of its highest-ranking members. Prosecutors allege Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in Antioch, Illinois, and traveled to Kenosha to answer a call for paramilitary groups to protect businesses during the Jacob Blake protests.
In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (AP/The Journal Times)
Video has emerged of a Border Patrol agent saving a near-drowning migrant child in Texas. The child had been struggling to stay above water while crossing a pond in the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday. Footage obtained by Fox News shows the agent in the water pulling the child to safety. TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT TO VISIT BORDER WITH TRUMP Meanwhile, the Border Patrol detained five Mexican nationals Tuesday morning in La Joya, west of McAllen. Fox News’ Griff Jenkins told “America’s Newsroom” that he and a producer were filming in the area when a group of seven people emerged from the brush after crossing a river and ran toward him and his producer’s vehicle. Jenkins says five were caught – but agents are still searching for two. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP On Monday, within hours of arriving in the area, more than 200 migrants hailing from countries including Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Ecuador, were seen surrendering to the Border Patrol, Jenkins added. “There is a crisis right now at the southern border … the numbers show it, as far as illegal crossings, as far as criminal activity, drugs, criminal apprehensions,” Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez told Fox News on Monday.
Veterans in Michigan are searching for answers Friday after three unidentified individuals were caught on camera removing American flags from a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post’s patriotic display. The flags were inserted into the ground outside VFW Post 1138 in Monroe around Memorial Day and were to remain through the Fourth of July, Al Bond, its commander, told Fox News. But around 5 a.m. Thursday morning, the facility’s surveillance cameras recorded three people who “took it upon themselves under the cover of dark to uproot them,” ultimately “throwing half of them in the garbage and leaving the other half on the ground,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “We are going to use this as a learning opportunity, an educational opportunity on the proper respect of the American flag. Being veterans, it’s pretty sacred to us,” Bond told Fox News. “We think maybe the last few years it has gone by the wayside, the respect for the American flag.”
One of the three people the VFW Post says was uprooting their flags from the ground. (Courtesy VFW Post & Auxiliary #1138)