Families of Black people killed by police push for reform at State of the Union

Close relatives of Tyre Nichols, George Floyd and Michael Brown among those attending Biden’s address in Washington

Families of Black people killed by police in recent years, including George Floyd’s brother and Michael Brown’s father, will attend the State of the Union address on Tuesday night alongside lawmakers advocating for urgent police reform. The push in Congress comes after the recent beating death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police .

The release of video footage, along with the charging of several Memphis police officers involved in Nichols’s death and the firing of several employees from the Memphis police and fire departments, reignited national outcry over police brutality and calls for reforms. This includes renewed efforts to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act , which was introduced after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. It was passed twice by the US House before failing to clear the Senate in 2021.

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Ohio train derailment: residents kept away as air monitored for toxic fumes

Officials released and burned chemicals from wreckage of derailed train in East Palestine near Pennsylvania border

It is unclear when evacuated residents might be able to return home to the area where officials released and burned toxic chemicals from the wreckage of a derailed train, Ohio governor Mike DeWine said Tuesday.

Residents near the site in East Palestine, close to the Pennsylvania state line, were ordered to leave because of the risk of death or serious injury from toxic fumes. Flames and black smoke billowed into the sky Monday evening when crews released and burned vinyl chloride from five derailed tanker cars that were in danger of exploding.

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LIV Golf lawyers admit tour generated ‘virtually zero’ revenue in first season

  • Lawyers make admission in US federal court documents
  • LIV and PGA Tour are involved in ongoing legal action

The LIV Golf tour, the breakaway circuit bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, generated “virtually zero” revenue during its first season, its lawyers admitted in US federal court documents filed on Monday.

Attorneys for the rebel tour made the admission in a motion with the US district court for Northern California, in which LIV Golf asked US district court judge Beth Labson Freeman to deny the PGA Tour’s motion for leave to add the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and its governor, Yasir Al-Rumayyan, as plaintiffs in the tour’s countersuit against LIV Golf.

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McDonald’s signs legal pledge amid UK sexual harassment concerns

Agreement with Equality and Human Rights Commission commits firm to number of measures to protect workers

McDonald’s has signed a legally-binding pledge with the equality watchdog amid concerns over how it has handled sexual harassment complaints made by UK staff.

The move came after allegations by workers at the fast-food chain’s US restaurants of sexual harassment in the workplace over several years and the company’s failure to deal with the issue.

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