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The Biden administration has renewed a license partially exempting Chevron from sanctions on Venezuela so it can keep operating in the oil-rich, socialist-run nation. The license issued Friday by the U.S. Treasury Department allows the California-based Chevron and other U.S. companies to perform only basic upkeep of wells it operates jointly with state-run oil giant PDVSA. Some in the Biden administration had been pushing for an expanded license so that Chevron would be allowed to resume exports and ease pricing pressure at American pumps.
Authorities say the 18-year-old gunman who slaughtered 19 children and two teachers inside a Texas elementary school was in the building for more than an hour before he was killed by law enforcement officers. The amount of time that elapsed has stirred anger and questions among family members, who demanded to know why authorities did not storm the place and put a stop to the rampage more quickly. Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Travis Considine said Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School and began his rampage at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. A Border Patrol tactical unit began trying to get inside the building an hour later, and at 12:58 p.m., radio chatter noted he was dead.
The U.S. is targeting two Russian banks in sanctions over their alleged support for North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Friday's Treasury Department sanctions followed three new ballistic missile launches by North Korea on Tuesday, including one intercontinental missile. The launches came hours after President Joe Biden ended an Asian trip in which he stressed Washington’s commitment to defending its allies from the North’s nuclear threat. On Thursday, vetoes by Russia and China blocked an attempted U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution over the launches. The new sanctions targets include two Russian banks, Far Eastern and Sputnik.
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has released a congressional redistricting plan that moves just five towns from the state’s 2nd District to the 1st. The court's action Friday rejected a last-minute attempt by Republicans to block its takeover of the process. Both the House and Senate approved a new map Thursday on the last day of the legislative session. But Republican Gov. Chris Sununu said he will veto it, and the state Supreme Court had said it would release a map Friday if the Legislature failed to enact one. Under the court’s map, the towns of Albany, Campton, Jackson, New Hampton and Sandwich from the 1st District to the 2nd.
The South Dakota Historical Society Press has released its first graphic novel. The Argus Leader reported Friday that “American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot" was released last month. The novel focuses on Joe Foss, who grew up on a farm outside Sioux Falls and became an ace as a Marine Corps fighter pilot during the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He is credited with shooting down 26 Japanese planes, equaling the number of planes World War I ace Eddie Rickenbacker shot down. Foss went on to serve as South Dakota governor after the war. The novel's artist and author, Hector Curriel of Sioux Falls, says Foss' life transcends generations.
This week’s new entertainment releases include albums from Post Malone and Drive-By Truckers, “Fast & Furious” alum Elsa Pataky leading her own action picture with “Interceptor,” and PBS’ “National Memorial Day Concert” returning live after years of taped presentations because of COVID-19. Ben Whishaw stars in “This is Going to Hurt,” a comedy-drama set in a gynecology and obstetrics ward, while screenwriter and comedian Joel Kim Booster looked to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” as the inspiration for his modern romantic comedy “Fire Island,” coming to Hulu on June 3.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards watched a key video of Black motorist Ronald Greene's deadly 2019 arrest six months before prosecutors knew it existed. The Democratic governor has distanced himself from allegations of a cover-up, saying evidence was promptly turned over. But an Associated Press investigation found that wasn’t the case with the video he watched in October of 2020. It didn't reach those with the power to charge troopers who stunned, punched and dragged Greene until nearly two years after his death. Edwards' lawyer says the governor couldn't have known at the time that prosecutors didn't have the video.
Argentina has reported a case of the monkeypox virus in a man who recently traveled to Spain. It also reported a suspected case of the rare virus in another person. Argentina’s health ministry said in a statement Friday that a man from the province of Buenos Aires has monkeypox. An official in the ministry earlier confirmed the positive case but said health authorities were waiting to finish sequencing the virus before making the official announcement. It is the first time the presence of the virus has been confirmed in Latin America during this latest outbreak in countries around the world that are not usually known to have outbreaks.
Ellen Cooper, President and CEO, Lincoln Financial Group (Photo: Business Wire)