Cyclone Tauktae makes landfall in Covid-battered India

A cyclone, classified as “extremely severe”, has made landfall in India's western state of Gujarat with wind speeds of up to 160km/h (100mph).

Cyclone Tauktae had roared up India's western coast, with at least 12 people killed and thousands evacuated.

Thirty-eight people have so far been rescued out of 400 who are stranded off the coast in two commercial barges.

Man Arrested for Physically, Sexually Assaulting Asian Woman in San José

The San José Police Department arrested a 20-year-old man for following an Asian woman to her apartment building, where he later physically and sexually assaulted her. What happened: Authorities responded to a call of sexual assault on the 300 block of South First Street at around 2:45 a.m. on May 8, the SJPD reported.

  • Investigators discovered the victim was followed by a man, later identified as Cristobal Fuentes-Melara, to her apartment.

  • Authorities believe the attack was not racially motivated.

  • Officers arrested Fuentes-Melara, without incident, hours after being identified on May 10. He is facing rape, aggravated kidnapping and other sexual assault-related charges.

  • The suspect was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.

  • Authorities expressed concern that Fuentes-Melara may have assaulted other victims as well, CBS’ Maria Medina reported.

  • Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Palacio #4237 of the San José Police Department’s Sexual Assault Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4102. A similar incident happened last week when a homeless man was arrested while sexually assaulting a 67-year-old Asian woman in Fremont, Calif. Featured Image via SJPD

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    Alleged Capitol rioter banned from guns shoots mountain lion

    A Colorado man who allegedly participated in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol is now accused of shooting a mountain lion – after a judge warned him he is not allowed to possess illegal firearms.

    Patrick Montgomery was charged in January with illegally entering the Capitol and disorderly conduct during the riots, among other things, according to court documents.

    Since his arrest, Montgomery has been on pre-trial release, but according to court documents, he has violated his release conditions, and prosecutors are seeking to revoke it.

    In February, he was was ordered, among other things, “not [to] violate federal, state, or local law while on release,” “do not commit any Federal or State crimes,” and “do not possess illegal firearms,” according to the documents.

    Earlier this month, FBI Task Force Officer Michael Timmerman learned that Montgomery used a handgun to shoot a mountain lion at a Colorado Parks and Wildlife park in March.

    “Montgomery is a convicted felon and is prohibited by law to carry a firearm, including a handgun,” the documents state.

    New York to lift mask mandate for vaccinated people

    New York will lift its mask mandate for vaccinated people on Wednesday, aligning with CDC guidance announced last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference.

    Why it matters: The announcement marks a significant milestone for the state, which was one of the first to issue a broad mask mandate in April 2020 when it was facing one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the world.

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    Supreme Court won’t hear case involving the N-word

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is declining to hear a case that would have let the justices decide whether a single use of the N-word in the workplace can create a hostile work environment.

    The high court said Monday it would not take the case of a former Texas hospital employee who said he was subjected to a hostile work environment, including graffiti in one elevator that used the N-word. As is typical, the court did not comment in turning away the case. It was one of many the court rejected Monday.

    Robert Collier said that during the seven years he worked as an operating room aide at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, white nurses called him and other Black employees “boy.” He also said management ignored two large swastikas painted on a storage room wall. He sued the hospital after he was fired in 2016.

    S.C. governor signs bill requiring death row inmates to choose firing squad or electric chair

    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill Monday to require death row inmates to choose between firing squad or the electric chair, as a lack of drugs for lethal injections has stalled executions, AP reports.

    The big picture: State executions have been steadily dropping for two decades, as the U.S. generally shifted away from the punishment. South Carolina is moving in the opposite direction.

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  • It has been 10 years since South Carolina last executed an inmate on death row. Lawmakers have said that's because pharmaceutical companies have refused to sell states the drugs to carry out lethal injections.

  • New group aims to fight cancel culture by giving ‘woke left’ a ‘dose of their own medicine’

    A new right-leaning group plans to fight against cancel culture by giving the “woke left” a “dose of their own medicine,” its founder told Fox News.

    The group, called Unsilenced Majority, was founded by Mike Davis, a former staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

    Davis also runs a different group called the Article III Project, which “punches back on radical assaults on judicial independence” and began with the mission of supporting Trump-appointed judges. Davis told Fox News that Unsilenced Majority will use a similar approach in fighting against cancel culture.

    Teen arrested in connection with killing of child found in middle of Texas street

    An 18-year-old man was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of a child who was found in the middle of a Texas street, police said.

    Darriynn Brown is charged with kidnapping and theft, according to the Dallas Police Department, which said more charges are expected following forensic analysis.

    Gaza reports deadliest day of fighting as Israel-Hamas aerial bombardments enter second week

    Israel and Hamas continued aerial bombardments into Monday morning, as fighting entered a second week.

    Why it matters: The worst violence in the region since 2014 has resulted in the deaths of 197 people in Gaza, ruled by Hamas, and 10 in Israel. 58 Palestinian children and two Israeli children are among those killed since the aerial exchanges began on May 10, Reuters notes.

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  • United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said at a UN Security Council meeting Sunday the fighting “has the potential to unleash an uncontainable security and humanitarian crisis and to further foster extremism — not only in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel, but in the region as a whole.”

  • Chris Watts, convicted of killing his Colorado family, an ‘outcast’ in prison: report

    Chris Watts, a Colorado man serving a life sentence for the 2018 murders of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, is an outcast in prison, according to reports.

    Watts, who spent his 36th birthday in prison on Sunday, is despised by inmates and spends most of his time corresponding with a handful of female penpals, People magazine reported.

    “No one wants anything to do with him,” a source told the magazine. “He's on the lowest social tier of the entire prison. He's in protective custody because if he's around other inmates, he'd be in real danger. He's an outcast, even among criminals.”

    Rubio raises UFO concerns in “60 Minutes” interview

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is leading calls to take reports of UFOs more seriously ahead of the expected release next month of a government report on such sightings.

    Why it matters: Rubio, who as acting Senate Intelligence Committee chair asked for an unclassified copy of the report to be released to Congress, told CBS “60 Minutes” in an interview broadcast Sunday: “Anything that enters an airspace that's not supposed to be there is a threat.”

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    Gunman hides in woman’s trunk, shoots at her as she enters women’s clinic, Texas cops say

    Police in Texas are searching for a man they say shot at a woman as she was walking into a reproductive health clinic on Saturday.

    The man hid in the woman’s trunk as she drove to Alamo Women’s Reproductive Center, police said, WOAI reported.

    When she arrived around 8:30 a.m., the man jumped out of the trunk and started firing shots, missing the woman but hitting several of the clinic’s windows, police said, according to KSAT. Officials referred to the facility as an “abortion clinic.”

    India, hard hit by COVID-19, faces intensifying Tropical Cyclone Tauktae

    Tropical Cyclone Tauktae intensified Sunday into at least a Category 3 storm, passing uncomfortably close to the west coast of India.

    The big picture: Packing maximum sustained winds of at least 125 mph, Tauktae (pronounced “Tau'Te”), rapidly intensified Sunday, and may be a Category 4 storm by the end of the day. The cyclone is producing extremely heavy rains and gusty winds along the coast, along with coastal flooding.

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  • While its strongest winds and heaviest rains will remain just offshore as it makes its closest pass to Mumbai, the city will feel its effects during the next 24 hours.

  • The storm comes as India continues to reel from the impacts of the devastating coronavirus outbreak there, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives.