The family of a Florida man who returned home from a cross-country road trip without his fiancé Gabby Petito says he is now also missing, according to police. Authorities in several states have been searching for 22-year-old Petito after her partner Brian Laundrie, 23, returned to Florida alone on Sept. 1. Laundrie, who has been named a person of interest in the missing woman’s case, has refused to speak to police or the media except through statements from his lawyer. On Friday, North Port Police went to the Laundrie home to speak with the family. In a statement following their visit, police said the family has claimed they have not seen Brian since Tuesday. Police added the Laundries’ lawyer had called them to “talk about the disappearance of their son.” “We understand the community’s frustration, we are frustrated too,” the statement read.
As any casual observer could tell, the 2020 election was a mess. Now we have real data — from a federal agency, no less — that proves it. Based on data from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, an analysis by the Public Interest Legal Foundation shows almost 15 million mail ballots effectively disappeared after election officials gave them to the U.S. Postal Service to deliver to voters. Gone, like the Bermuda Triangle of the election. Some of the mail ballots may have ended up on the floors of apartment complexes. Some were sent to deceased registrants. Some went to addresses where the registrant no longer lives. Some may have gone to vacant lots and businesses. Some, having never been requested by the voter, were never returned. In 2020, we put the election in the hands of the people who regularly deliver you your neighbor’s mail. The data also shows that an additional 1.1 million ballots were sent to the wrong addresses in 2020 – the U.S. Postal Service saying they were “undeliverable.” Think on that. One million ballots went to the wrong house or apartment.
A senior imam in France who in a sermon recited a religious text commanding Muslims to kill Jews has been acquitted of incitement to antisemitic hate charges. Mohamed Tatai, the rector of the Great Mosque of Toulouse, had no desire to incite hatred in his sermon from 2017, the Correctional Tribunal of Toulouse ruled Tuesday. The sermon came days after news broke that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Tatai leads an interfaith dialogue group called the Circle for Civil Dialogue. Franck Teboul, the president of the Toulouse chapter of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said it was reminiscent of a recent decision in France not to try the killer of a Paris Jewish woman who during the 2017 slaying of Sarah Halimi spewed antisemitic slurs and shouted about Allah. A court ruled that Kabili Traore was too high on marijuana to make him responsible for his actions. “Even when you kill a Jew you’re not convicted but considered crazy,” Teboul told France Bleu. “So you tell thousands at a mosque to kill Jews and hide behind a centuries-old text to avoid conviction.”
Canada is edging closer to its federal election on Monday, with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and Erin O’Toole’s Conservative Party in a tight race for first place. But the once fringe People’s Party of Canada has emerged as a potential spoiler, riding a wave of anti-lockdown and vaccine mandate sentiment. In 2018, after a falling out with his party and amid a backlash over statements he made about immigration and multiculturalism, then member of Parliament Maxime Bernier quit the Conservatives and formed his own federal party. Mr Bernier, a former Canadian foreign minister, is a populist with a libertarian bent who supporters have nicknamed “Mad Max”. He has previously described his upstart party, the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), as a coalition of people “disenchanted with traditional politicians”.
It’s a big deal for the United States to agree to share its nuclear submarine technology with another country, as it agreed to do with Australia this week. The agreement was part of a surprise announcement of a new security pact dubbed AUKUS, a portmanteau that elides abbreviation of the names of the three member states: Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Although the official announcement didn’t mention China specifically, the British Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, helpfully filled in the blanks. He described AUKUS as a response to China “embarking on one of the biggest military spends in history,” and, “growing its navy [and] air force at a huge rate,” and he explained that “[o]ur partners in [the Indo-Pacific region] want to be able to stand their own ground.”
Premier Jason Kenney announced Wednesday evening that the hospitality industry in Alberta will need to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Premier Jason Kenney announced Wednesday evening that the hospitality industry in Alberta will need to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination. He did not explain how the policy would work as of 6:15 p.m. He said he was bringing in the added restrictions “reluctantly.” Kenney has repeatedly said he would not bring in a so-called vaccine passport program but the announcement indicated a willingness to at least partially embrace the idea. Kenney also announced Wednesday that a state of public health emergency has been declared in Alberta. It marks the second time such a declaration has been made since the pandemic hit the province a year and a half ago. The move is expected to allow the government to swiftly co-ordinate and implement a response to the crisis in order to protect public health.