Articles by Dan Whitcomb

Gov. Abbott Bars All COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates in Texas, Rips Biden for ‘Bullying’

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, responding to what he called “bullying” by the Biden Administration, on Oct. 11 barred all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers. Abbott’s move sets him up for a clash …

As Delta Variant Spreads, Officials and Firms Push Vaccines, Masks Over Lockdowns

New York City will become the first major U.S. city to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at restaurants, gyms and other businesses, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday, as the nation grapples with the rapidly spreading Delta variant. With …

Californians Warned to Prepare for Brutal Heatwave, Fire Risk

A heatwave already punishing parts of the U.S. Southwest on Monday was expected to move into California this week, prompting the forecasters to warn of health and fire dangers. A high-pressure ridge that built over southwestern deserts over the past …

California Places All Residents Under ‘Stay at Home’ Order

California’s governor on Thursday issued an unprecedented statewide “stay at home order” directing the state’s 40 million residents to hunker down in their homes for the foreseeable future in the face of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. Governor Gavin Newsom’s directive, …

Coronavirus Wreaks Havoc on Global Businesses as Infections Pass 100,000

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus surpassed 100,000 across the world on Friday, as the outbreak reached more countries and economic damage intensified, with business districts beginning to empty and stock markets tumbling. In many affected countries, …

Wildfire Destroyed Dozens of Homes in Southern California

Burning trash dumped by a garbage truck caused a fire that by early Friday had destroyed dozens of homes in California’s Riverside County, fire officials said, as wildfires across the state led to power cuts for hundreds of thousands of …

Motel 6 Settles Another Class Action Over Giving Guest Lists to Immigration Agents

Motel 6 has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over claims the budget chain routinely provided guest lists from properties in Arizona to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, court documents showed on Saturday. The …

Investors in Giant Rabbit That Died Inflight Sue United Airlines

The owners of a giant rabbit named Simon who died on a United Airlines flight while bound for the Iowa State Fair sued the carrier on Monday, claiming its employees were responsible for the hare’s death. The lawsuit was filed …

O.J. Simpson Faces $58 Million Wrongful Death Damages After Release from Jail

O.J. Simpson will walk out of prison in October after nine years behind bars, but he is far from free of his financial woes. The 70-year-old football star, who won his release from a Nevada parole board on Thursday after …

United Airlines Pressured to Pay Damages Over Death of Giant Rabbit

The owners of a giant rabbit named Simon who was found dead after a United Airlines flight demanded on Monday that the airline pay damages, order an outside investigation and re-evaluate how it handles animals on flights. Attorneys for Simon’s …