September 28, 2021: U.S. Senate, New York hospital staff, R. Kelly, North Korea, U.S. murders soar
1. A sharply divided U.S. Senate failed to advance a measure to suspend the federal debt ceiling and avoid a partial government shutdown, as Republican lawmakers denied the bill the votes necessary to move forward.
2. New York hospitals began firing or suspending healthcare workers for defying a state order to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and resulting staff shortages prompted some hospitals to postpone elective surgeries or curtail services.
3. R. Kelly was convicted by a federal jury in his sex trafficking trial, where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.
4. North Korea fired a missile towards the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said, as Pyongyang called on the United States and South Korea to scrap their "double standards" on weapons programmes to restart talks.
5. The number of murders in the United States rose nearly 30% in 2020 and overall violent crime rose for the first time in four years, the FBI said in its annual crime report on Monday, in a surge experts attribute in part to COVID-19 hardships.
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