News from Around the Web for May 13, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 US Announces $400 Million Military Aid Package for Ukraine - Haley Britzky for CNN, and JX, Ellen T, and Dillon on X

The US announced on Friday a new $400 million military aid package to Ukraine. The package includes weapons Ukraine has been asking for, including Patriot missile system munitions, High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMAR) systems and ammunition, Stinger anti-air missiles, 155mm artillery rounds, Bradley Fighting Vehicles, and Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), among other equipment. “As President Biden has made clear, the United States and the international coalition we have assembled will continue to stand with Ukraine in its defense of its freedom,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement. The announcement marks the second Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) package since President Joe Biden signed a long-delayed national security supplemental securing $60 billion in funding for Ukraine...



#9 Bird Flu Strain Found in US Cows Flown to UK Lab for Testing - Phoebe Weston for The Guardian, and Vincent Oshana, and Bee Gromit on X

Avian flu typically spreads by infecting wild birds and moving along migration routes, but the virus currently running rampant in the US is about to be transported across the Atlantic by plane. This category A pathogen, which is now spreading among cows in the US, is being sent to a high-security laboratory in the UK so that experts can better understand the potential risks to people and livestock. “It’s due to be shipped any day now,” said Dr Ashley Banyard, a virologist at the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) lab in Weybridge, Surrey, last week. “I saw the packaging instructions in my email this morning.” It is essential this virus does not escape into the wider environment: globally, H5N1 has killed millions of wild birds and thousands of mammals...


#8 FDA says it's preparing for a bird flu pandemic in people that could kill one in four Americans - Luke Andrews for The Daily Mail, and Jet on X
The FDA is gearing up for a bird flu pandemic in people that could kill one in four of those it infects, the agency's top official has revealed. Dr Robert Califf told a Senate Committee that officials were drawing up plans to roll out tests, antiviral drugs, and vaccines in the event the virus jumps to humans. But he emphasized the risk of it spreading to people was still low, with only one person infected so far - a farm worker in Texas in March.  'This virus, like all viruses, is mutating,' he told the policymakers. 'We need to continue to prepare for the possibility that it might jump to humans.' '[The] real worry is that it will jump to the human lungs where, when that has happened in other parts of the world... the mortality rate has been 25 percent...

 
#7 Jewish Students Across the US Blame DEI, Faculty for Anti-Israel Protests: ‘Wasting My Tuition Dollars' - Nikolas Lanum for Fox News, and Claude Navarre 1 on X

Jewish students across the United States have expressed concern for their safety and suggested school faculty, as well as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, are promoting antisemitic viewpoints that ratchet up the political temperature on campus.  George Washington University student Sabrina Soffer, graduating early as a junior in December, told Fox News Digital that there is no balance of opinions among the faculty. While the school has emphasized diversity, Soffer claimed it is only diversity surrounding a singular idea.  "Students are not learning how to think, but they're learning about what to think," she said. "There's no real academic rigor that surrounds learning how to think. So, they're just getting pushed to get a grade."

#6 Drugs Worth $2 Million Twice Misdelivered To Maine Residence - John Oyewale for The Daily Caller, and Michelle Alvarez TV on X

Two parcels of illegal pills weighing nearly 30 pounds combined and potentially worth $2 million on the street were delivered to an incorrect address in central Maine, police said Wednesday. A resident from the town of Winslow complained to the Winslow Police Department (WPD) that they received a parcel from a California address on May 3, 2024, which they neither ordered nor were expecting, WPD Deputy Chief Randy Wing said in a statement. The parcel was opened and found to contain multiple pills that were presumptively identified as fentanyl, according to the statement. A second parcel containing more fentanyl pills arrived at the same address on May 4, 2024, according to the statement. Both packages reportedly weighed 29.5 pounds combined...

#5 This Android Malware Is Stealing Passwords by Impersonating Popular Apps Like Instagram and Snapchat — How to Stay Safe - Anthony Spadafora for Tom's Guide

Hackers are now using a combination of malicious apps and brand impersonation to steal the passwords and other sensitive data of unsuspecting Android users. As reported by The Hacker News, a new malware campaign has been spotted online in which malicious Android apps pose as Google, Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, X, and other popular online services in a bid to harvest contacts, text messages, call logs and of course, passwords from vulnerable Android phones. Although security researchers at SonicWall’s Capture Labs team know quite a bit about this new campaign so far, they aren’t quite sure how the malicious apps used in it end up on the best Android phones. However, these fake apps could be spread on phishing sites, through emails or text messages, or they may even come bundled with pirated software...

#4 Sen. Bob Menendez Corruption Trial Begins in New York - Ashley Oliver for The Washington Examiner, and The Gateway Pundit and The Epoch Times on X

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) will appear Monday at a Manhattan courthouse for his criminal trial after he was charged by the Department of Justice with accepting bribes and illegally acting as a foreign agent on behalf of Egypt and Qatar. The trial will begin with jury selection and is expected to overlap with several days that the Senate is in session. Menendez has not decided whether he will take the witness stand in his trial but plans to be present every day for the proceedings “subject to the schedule,” he recently told a reporter. Criminal defendants are typically required to be present for trials. Menendez, his wife, and three businessmen were indicted last fall on corruption charges. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that Menendez accepted bribes in exchange for using his influence as the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to benefit the Egyptian government...


#3 ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Star Steve Buscemi Punched by Maniac in Random NYC Attack - The New York Post and Michael Rapaport, Actual Facts, and Ian Miles Cheong

It seems no one is safe on the streets of the Big Apple these days — not even beloved hometown actor and Brooklyn native Steve Buscemi. Buscemi, 66, was strolling through Kips Bay last week when a brute walked up and struck the “Boardwalk Empire” star in a broad-daylight attack — one of the latest unprovoked assaults in the five boroughs, law enforcement sources told The Post. The actor suffered swelling to his face and left eye and was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, his deranged assailant took off and is still on the lam, police sources said...



#2 Thousands Evacuated From Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre After Solar Panels on Roof Go up in Flames - Patrick Hannaford for Sky News and Alexandrea Marshall, 10 News First Sidney, and Grok on X

Thousands of swimmers have been evacuated after the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre became engulfed in flames on Monday afternoon. Fire Rescue New South Wales said crews rushed to the sporting precinct after they received multiple calls about a fire at the swimming venue. "FRNSW crews are responding to reports of a building fire after multiple calls have been received by '000' with black smoke issuing from the roof of a building on Olympic Boulevard," Fire Rescue NSW said...



#1 Nonprofits Are Making Billions off the Border Crisis - Madeleine Rowley for The Free Press, and Tara Rodas, and Sal Moanella 1 on X

While the border crisis has become a major liability for President Biden, threatening his reelection chances, it’s become a huge boon to a group of nonprofits getting rich off government contracts. Although the federally funded Unaccompanied Children Program is responsible for resettling unaccompanied migrant minors who enter the U.S., it delegates much of the task to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that run shelters in the border states of Texas, Arizona, and California...



 

And Now for Something Special smiley

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima - Angelus and Visegrad 24 and Sachin Jose on X

On May 13, the Church celebrates the anniversary of the appearance of Mary to three shepherd children in the town of Fatima, in Portugal, in 1917. Between May 13 and October 13 of that year, Mary appeared six times to brother and sister Francisco, 8, and Jacinta, 6, and their cousin Lucia, 9. On May 13, 1917, the three children were in the field when they saw a “woman all in white, more brilliant than the sun.” She told the children, “Please don’t be afraid of me; I’m not going to harm you.” When Lucia asked her where she came from, she told them, “I come from Heaven.” Our Lady wore a white mantle edged with gold and carried a rosary. She asked the children to pray and devote themselves to the Holy Trinity and “to say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war.”





 

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