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How well prepared is India to detect the spread of Omicron?

The WHO has recommended the use of a test kit manufactured by just one company in the world. 2021-12-11 03:30 9KB

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Prosecution Rests In Sex-Abuse Trial Of Ghislaine Maxwell

Maxwell, 59, has denied charges she groomed underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019. 2021-12-11 02:45 6KB

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Jan. 6 committee releases new subpoena targets — including Trump-endorsed congressional candidate

Six additional Trumpworld figures were hit with subpoenas Friday over their alleged Jan. 6 roles 2021-12-11 02:12 3KB

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Mike Glennon clears concussion protocol, to start at QB vs. Chargers

TUCSON, Ariz.— Mike Glennon cleared the concussion protocol after being a full participant in Friday’ s practice. Daniel Jones is out for a second straight game. Corner Adoree Jackson will miss a second straight game and did nothing at practice all week. 2021-12-11 00:41 1KB

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New York to impose mandatory masking or Covid vaccines for businesses

The state of New York will impose mandatory masking for all businesses or require their employees to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, Governor Kathy Hochul … 2021-12-11 01:53 2KB

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As Texas Law Is Upheld, Providing Abortion Pills by Mail Can Lead to Steep Fines, Jail

Women in Texas most commonly terminate their pregnancies by receiving medical abortions, according to state data. 2021-12-10 23:19 2KB

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Jussie Smollett juror: Split decision was ‘favor’ to actor after debate over final count

"I just hope that [Smollett and his attorneys] know that we went in there with an open mind," the juror told the Sun-Times after the actor was found guilty of staging a hate crime. "I listened to both sides." 2021-12-11 02:13 5KB

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Will Jussie Smollett Be Sentenced to Prison for Lying to the Police?

The actor who was found guilty of falsely telling the police he was the victim of a hate crime faces a possible sentence of up to three years, but experts disagree on whether the judge is likely to incarcerate him. 2021-12-11 00:06 5KB

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Ukrainian president Zelensky hopes for talks with Russia amid tensions

Ukraine's president said Friday that more opportunities for talks with Russia may arise thanks to the US diplomatic effort to help de-escalate tensions … 2021-12-11 03:01 3KB

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Biden 'Concerned' Over Abortion Ruling, But Will It Motivate Him To Expand Supreme Court?

Biden's commission didn't recommend adding new seats to the court, but even if he wanted to, it wouldn't be easy. 2021-12-11 02:52 5KB

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Jury sees Kim Potter’s emotional reaction after she shot Daunte Wright

Jurors in the trial of former Minnesota officer Kim Potter saw video footage of her hysterical reaction to her mistakenly shooting Daunte Wright with a … 2021-12-11 01:56 2KB

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Kim Kardashian Files To Be Legally Single Before Divorce: What It Means – Lawyer Explains

Morghan Leia Richardson & David J. Glass explain what it means for Kim Kardashian to be 'legally single' from Kanye West. 2021-12-11 00:52 3KB

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Editorial: Bob Dole a hero of a generation

Bob Dole was honored Friday at Washington National Cathedral and the World War II monument he helped create. He epitomized the resilience of those who fought for freedom during World War II. He was severely injured in the war, but he picked himself back up. 2021-12-11 01:23 3KB

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Germany joins the list of nations mandating vaccination for health workers.

German lawmakers voted on Friday to make coronavirus vaccines obligatory for health care workers — a significant move in a nation where protests against pandemic … 2021-12-11 01:48 3KB

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Alabama FedEx package dumping suspect expected to turn himself in

The 22-year-old man authorities believe dumped hundreds of FedEx packages into an Alabama ravine is expected to turn himself in Friday, according to Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon. 2021-12-11 02:18 2KB

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Father and son charged with reckless arson in Caldor Fire plead not guilty

Five people were injured and about 1,000 homes and other buildings were destroyed in California's Caldor Fire. 2021-12-11 01:35 2KB

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Demaryius Thomas’ death hits the NFL hard, including Giants coaches and players

TUCSON, Ariz.— Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert coached Demaryius Thomas for seven seasons with the Broncos. Giants running back Devontae Booker and long-snapper Casey Kreiter both we… 2021-12-11 00:23 5KB

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Top State Department official travels to Venezuela to meet with detained Americans

A top State Department official traveled to Venezuela this week and met with detained Americans as the Biden administration continues to seek their release, multiple sources confirmed to CNN Friday. 2021-12-11 01:53 4KB

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EPA called on to lead tests amid Navy water crisis in Hawaii

A U.S. senator called on the Environmental Protection Agency to take the lead in testing to determine whether it's safe to drink water that the Navy provides to and around Pearl Harbor. 2021-12-11 01:35 3KB

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Biden 'Deeply Troubled' by Reports Kellogg's May Permanently Replace 1,400 Striking Workers

"Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members' jobs and livelihoods," said Biden. 2021-12-10 22:55 3KB

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Florida COVID-19 infections rise for third week as officials mum on details of omicron

COVID's highly infectious omicron variant, first discovered last month in South Africa, was detected this week in Florida. 2021-12-11 00:36 5KB

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FAA Says No More Astronaut Wings For Commercial Space Travelers Because There Are Too Many

The wings will be replaced with an online registry. This does not affect NASA's astronauts getting their wings, as they receive theirs from the space agency. 2021-12-11 02:39 3KB

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‘West Side Story’ choreographer shares the secrets behind the new dances

Dancing in the streets of NYC, things got muy caliente filming Steven Spielberg’s new “West Side Story ,” which hit theaters Friday. In fact, the … 2021-12-10 23:51 4KB

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NBA roundup: Pacers win without Coach Rick Carlisle

Carlisle entered the league's COVID-19 protocols on Thursday, but Indiana still won its third straight. 2021-12-11 02:36 2KB

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A PowerPoint presentation circulating online — outlining a plan to overturn the 2020 election — is similar to the one Mark Meadows gave to the Jan. 6 panel, report says

A 36-page PowerPoint presentation on how to overturn the 2020 election was being shared on Twitter Thursday. The New York Times confirmed Friday it's … 2021-12-11 03:47 3KB

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A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK turned into a potential Omicron superspreader event, even though everyone was vaccinated — but all the cases were mild

A 60-year-old's birthday party turned into a likely Omicron superspreader event. 15 of the 18 party-goers tested positive for COVID-19 … 2021-12-10 22:48 4KB

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Travel to New York City during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you're thinking about a trip to New York City, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the coronavirus pandemic. 2021-12-10 22:30 3KB

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College football: Virginia names Clemson OC Tony Elliott as next head coach

Former Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott was hired as the next head football coach at the University of Virginia, the school announced. 2021-12-11 03:40 1KB

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NYC Council approves voting rights for noncitizens

Around 800,000 legal immigrants will be able to vote in municipal elections in New York City if a new bill called "Intro 1857" becomes law. New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss why he first proposed the legislation back in 2020 and is leading efforts to get it passed. 2021-12-11 02:27 1KB

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Omicron can drive daily Canada's Covid cases to record high: Health agency

Canada could see daily Covid-19 cases soar to record levels above 10,000 before January if Omicron cases sharply increase, according to the Public Health Agency … 2021-12-11 03:41 4KB

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Duke hires Texas A&M coordinator Mike Elko as football coach

Duke is turning to Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko to turn around its football program after a two-year slide and a winless Atlantic Coast Conference… 2021-12-11 00:33 4KB

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Redditors are spamming Kellogg's job portal in solidarity with its striking workers

Reddit users are flooding the Kellogg Company's job portal with fake applications after the company recently announced it will replace its striking union workers … 2021-12-10 22:45 3KB

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2022 Beijing Olympic boycott: What does it mean

"The athletes on Team USA have our full support," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "We will be behind them 100% as we … 2021-12-10 22:18 726Bytes

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Former Proud Boys Member Sentenced To 10 Years For Assaulting Protesters In Portland

Alan Swinney — whom prosecutors called a “white nationalist vigilante cowboy” — was found guilty of 11 criminal charges related to assault and unlawful use of a weapon. 2021-12-11 02:30 2KB

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At least 53 dead as truck carrying up to 200 migrants overturns in Mexico

At least 53 people are dead after a lorry loaded with as many as 200 migrants tipped over and crashed into the base of a steel pedestrian bridge in southern Mexico. 2021-12-11 02:30 2KB

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Navy destroyer second-in-command relieved of duty over refusal to take COVID-19 vaccine

A top-ranking officer for U.S. Navy destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill was relieved of duty Friday … 2021-12-11 02:19 2KB

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Travis Scott seltzer discontinued, says report

Travis Scott's hard seltzer has reportedly been discontinued just over a month after a crowd surge killed 10 people and injured many others at his performance during the Astroworld Festival in Houston. 2021-12-11 01:59 3KB

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Kanye West Publicist Said 'Harrison Ford' Would Help Election Official if She Admitted Fraud

The publicist said she had been sent by a "high-profile individual". 2021-12-11 01:58 3KB

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Counters Governor's School Mask Mandate, Onus Now on Schools

The state Supreme Court said the health secretary didn't have the authority to issue the mandate, leaving the issue up to the state's 474 school districts. 2021-12-11 01:38 4KB

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REPORT: Cuomo Brothers Planned To Smear Janice Dean Who Raised Alarm Over Nursing Home Scandal

Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the help of his brother Chris and top-aide Melissa DeRosa, reportedly plotted to discredit Fox News … 2021-12-11 01:14 4KB

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Denver gets first snowfall after breaking 87-year-old record

Denver finally got its first snowfall of the season on Friday, shattering an 87-year-old record for the city's latest first snow. 2021-12-11 01:01 1KB

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Islamic State figure pleads guilty to aiding terrorist group

A Canadian citizen who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State group nearly a decade ago pleaded guilty Friday to serving as one of the organization’s more… 2021-12-11 01:00 3KB

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Man arrested after Quran damaged at Arizona State University

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona State University police have arrested a man they say is responsible for damaging Islamic literature and a copy of the Quran at … 2021-12-11 00:34 3KB

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US Supreme Court rejects appeal to end Wisconsin redistricting case

The US Supreme Court this week rejected a lawsuit from Wisconsin Republicans seeking to kill a redistricting case brought by Democrats, keeping alive the hope … 2021-12-11 03:08 2KB

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US govt budget deficit $356.4 bn, down 17% from same period last year

The U.S. budget deficit totaled USD356.4 billion in the first two months of the budget year, down 17per cent from the same period … 2021-12-11 02:07 3KB

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‘The internet’s on fire’ as techs race to fix software flaw

BOSTON (AP) — A software vulnerability exploited in the online game Minecraft is rapidly emerging as a major threat to internet-connected devices around the world. 2021-12-11 00:16 2KB

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David Jones’ Career-High 33 Helps DePaul Defeat Louisville

David Jones scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the second half as DePaul fought past Louisville on Friday night. 2021-12-11 03:51 2KB

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Temporary Electricity Finally Installed At Port Chester Restaurant 3 Months After Ida Damage

Businesses along North Main Street were caught in the red tape between Con Ed and the Department of Transportation over cutting up the street to make repairs. 2021-12-11 02:35 2KB

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Omicron in Oakland: How a Wisconsin wedding with vaccinated people led to outbreak

An epidemiologist who was one of 12 people to catch COVID at a Wisconsin wedding, explains how this happened in a place where everyone was vaccinated. 2021-12-11 01:12 2KB

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55 Gifts Under $25 On Amazon That Are Effing Brilliant

You can find some really cool products on Amazon for cheap, including everything on this list that's under $25. 2021-12-11 01:00 21KB

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Letters to the Editor — Dec. 11, 2021

The Issue: Jussie Smollett’s conviction this week for staging a fake hate crime in 2019. Jussie Smollett’s hate-assault allegation was rife with deception from … 2021-12-11 00:37 4KB

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Freak Accident Knocks Browns Starter Out Against Ravens

A scary and unfortunate scene played out at the end of the Cleveland Browns' final practice session this week, and it's going to cost them a starter on defense. 2021-12-10 23:38 4KB

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An update on the plan to get Trump back in power in 2022

Are you getting eager from a Donald Trump comeback? Has Joe Biden gotten you down and made you feel hopeless? I wanted to give you … 2021-12-11 00:58 4KB

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'Booming' Biden economy? 'The Five' blast liberal media, Dems for flattering inflation coverage

The co-hosts of "The Five" scolded the liberal media Friday for lauding President Biden's inflation-ridden economy. "[Don Lemon] actually literally sang Biden's … 2021-12-11 00:36 2KB

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Did Trump WH put coup plan in a PowerPoint presentation?

24 hours before the January 6th insurrection, Donald Trump's White House circulated a PowerPoint presentation laying out various options to try and keep Trump in office, even though he had lost the election. Glenn Kirschner joins Zerlina to discuss what it means for the Jan. 6 investigation. 2021-12-10 23:54 1KB

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Get ready for the blessed overturning of Roe v. Wade

New to this column? Please read this introduction explaining its first-person nature. Yes, Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization , argued Dec. 1 before … 2021-12-11 00:39 6KB

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Biden's bill should be called 'Build Beijing Back Better,' Mike Pence says

[ Editor's note: This story originally was published by The Daily Signal . ] MANCHESTER, N.H. – “Keep your hands off the American people’s paychecks,” … 2021-12-11 00:22 4KB

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When it comes to inflation, Biden & Co. can’t do the math

Inflation is getting worse, yet the best President Joe Biden can do is to claim that the answer is passing his vast social-spending bill … 2021-12-10 23:47 2KB

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Security Officer Arrested, Accused Of Assaulting Student At Proviso West High School

A school security officer at Proviso West High School has been arrested on allegations of physically assaulting a student Friday afternoon. 2021-12-11 03:13 2KB

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Lawyers say Oxford school officials destroyed evidence after mass shooting

A federal judge has ordered Oxford schools to preserve all electronic evidence requested by plaintiffs lawyers seeking $100M over the mass shooting. 2021-12-11 03:09 6KB

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True democracy exists in China, says Xi as leaders attend Biden's summit

Irritated by the much-anticipated Summit for Democracy conducted by the Biden administration on December 9 and 10, Chinese President Xi Jinping claimed that true … 2021-12-11 02:44 3KB

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Sections NFL Week 14 Picks: Sportsbook Wire's ML, ATS and OU predictions for all games

Check out our staff predictions before locking in your Week 14 NFL picks: Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook . If you’re looking for more sports bettin … 2021-12-10 22:30 1KB

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Lions Injury Designations: Detroit Facing Serious Health Trouble

A look at the Detroit Lions' Week 14 injury designations shapes up against the Denver Broncos. 2021-12-11 02:57 3KB

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Nick Cannon Talks About Death of Infant Son. I'll Keep His Memory Alive

Nick Cannon is stoically dealing with the tragic death of his youngest child . saying he will absolutely keep the infant's memory alive. 2021-12-11 00:58 1KB

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Nick Cannon Got a Tattoo on His Ribs to Honor His Late Son, Zen: "I Enjoyed Every Moment"

Nick Cannon got a tattoo of his late son, Zen, on his ribs just days after the 5-month-old died from brain cancer. 2021-12-11 00:30 1KB

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US officials: Boosters help protect against omicron

U.S. health authorities are urging Americans to get COVID-19 boosters, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration widens the eligibility for a … 2021-12-11 00:12 800Bytes

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Friday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area. 2021-12-11 00:01 5KB

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Grand Jury Indicts Couple Several Months After 5-Year-Old Boy Was Allegedly Beaten to Death

A man who allegedly beat a young boy to death, and the mother who allegedly turned a blind eye now face formal charges. 2021-12-11 00:00 2KB

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Biden administration discards Trump-era plan to end legal agreement protecting migrant children

For decades, the Flores settlement has allowed non-profit lawyers to inspect government facilities housing migrant children. 2021-12-10 23:58 5KB

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White House report: Orange County labeled a COVID-19 hotspot

The Florida Department of Health reported its weekly COVID-19 report. Cases and deaths increased. 2021-12-10 23:33 3KB

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Inflation hits a 39-year high and isn’t going away

Caroline Sande of Hyde Park used to spend about $100 a week for groceries at the supermarket. But recently, the same food there costs about $175. So now, to make sure she can pay her mortgage and other bills, she goes to the supermarket only once every two weeks. 2021-12-10 22:54 3KB

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Sources -- Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard off limits in trade talks for Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons

The Blazers have made it clear that Damian Lillard will not be a part of any trade for 76ers guard Ben Simmons, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. The Sixers have become more active in their effort to trade Simmons. 2021-12-10 22:44 2KB

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Jason Harris Sentenced to Life for Spiking Wife's Cereal With Heroin, Leading to Her Death

In November, a jury convicted Harris of first-degree murder, solicitation of murder, and delivery of a controlled substance causing death in 2014. 2021-12-10 22:42 2KB

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Sarah Silverman Slams ‘Liberal’ Backlash After She Dared To ‘Criticize’ Joy Reid

Sarah Silverman slammed the “liberal” backlash she’s received after she dared to “criticize” Joy Reid, who tweeted that Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ civilian-military … 2021-12-10 22:07 2KB

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BREAKING IN HOUSTON: ‘Armed Suspect’ Shot by Police [VIDEO] "armed suspect" was shot and wounded by Houston Police on Valencia Drive on December 10, 2021, police say. 2021-12-10 22:05 5KB

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Kazoo the Dog Helps Recover Stolen Cars and Himself, Thanks to GPS-Enabled Collar

"This is the story of how Kazoo the dog, helped us arrest a car thief," police said on Instagram. 2021-12-11 03:45 2KB

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At least 2 dead at Arkansas nursing home as severe weather lashes the region, official says

At least five other people at the Monette Manor nursing home sustained serious injuries, according to Craighead County Judge Marvin Day. 2021-12-11 03:41 2KB

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Miramar Neighbors Outraged Over ‘Killing’ Of Community Geese

We can’t tell you what Aurora Wonder said, but you can probably tell how fired up this 80-year-old animal lover is, as she was furious at her neighbor across the lake. 2021-12-11 03:36 2KB

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Offering namaz in open spaces won't be tolerated: Haryana CM Khattar

Offering namaz in public places will not be tolerated, said Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday. Briefing mediapersons, the chief minister said, "I … 2021-12-11 03:31 2KB

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‘Don’t Throw That At Me’: Martha MacCallum Explodes On BLM Leader Who Accuses Her Of ‘White Privilege’

Fox News host Martha MacCallum fired back at a BLM leader on Friday after he accused her of living from a place of “white privilege. … 2021-12-11 03:30 2KB

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NYC Inmate's Death Ties 2016 Total of 15 as Jail System Faces Myriad of Problems

In a statement, Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi said that Malcolm Boatwright's death "is a heartbreaking loss at the end of a very difficult year." 2021-12-11 03:13 3KB

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New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara to return after four-week absence

New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara will suit up for Sunday's game at the New York Jets after missing the last four weeks with knee and hamstring injuries. 2021-12-11 02:38 1KB

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Man vaccinated up to 10 times in the same day

It's believed the multi-vaxxer is being paid to obtain vaccination status for people who don't want to get shots. 2021-12-11 02:36 3KB

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Court ruling puts Julian Assange a step closer to US extradition

British appellate court opened the door yesterday for Julian Assange to be extradited to the United States by overturning a lower court’s decision that the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health was too fragile to withstand the US criminal justice system. 2021-12-11 02:30 4KB

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Kansas police officer's German Shepherd puppy beheaded in targeted attack, police say

A 3-month-old puppy belonging to a Kansas police officer was shot and beheaded in what investigators said was a targeted attack because of … 2021-12-11 02:27 2KB

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Man dies after being shot at Orange County mobile home park, deputies say

Deputies say a man died Friday night after being found with a gunshot wound at Oak Ridge Village Home Park. 2021-12-11 02:22 1KB

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Sequoia National Park opens Giant Forest that survived fire

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. -- Sequoia National Park will reopen its Giant Forest area on Saturday, three months after a Northern California wildfire prompted extraordinary efforts … 2021-12-11 02:08 2KB

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Man Accused of Serial Rape in Coachella Valley, CA, May Have Even More Victims: Police

Jose Manuel Martinez Garcia has also been accused of strangling women to the point of unconsciousness and hitting them with his truck. 2021-12-11 02:02 3KB

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Missing mom of four allegedly stabbed 20 times by husband after he learned of alleged affair

A Long Island mother of four who vanished nearly three weeks ago was fatally stabbed 20 times by her husband after he found out she … 2021-12-11 01:59 3KB

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‘And Just Like That’ Showrunner: Peloton ‘Had Nothing To Do’ With Major Character’s Death In ‘Sex And The City’ Revival

The exercise bike company was forced to play damage control following the episode’s release. 2021-12-11 01:56 2KB

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US sanctions China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, others over human rights issues

PRI GEN INT .WASHINGTON FGN58 US-SANCTIONS-CHINA-MYANMAR US sanctions hit China, Myanmar, others over human rights Washington, Dec 10 The U.S. government … 2021-12-11 01:44 3KB

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Trump campaign lawyer’s memo shows election rejection theories

Conservative attorney John Eastman also put forward a memo using a different theory claiming that Pence was the “ultimate arbiter” of the electoral count and could thus stop the ballot … 2021-12-11 01:36 3KB

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Covid-19 vaccine booster dose effective against Omicron, finds UK study

A third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine provides 70-75 per cent protection against symptomatic infection from the Omicron variant, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) … 2021-12-11 01:35 3KB

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Tragedy averted as gunman planned to shoot up Daytona Beach school: cops

Police found a gun, ammo and a backpack on the last day of classes. 2021-12-11 01:30 2KB

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Jana Duggar charged with endangering minor

Reality star Jana Duggar has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor in Arkansas, according to court documents. 2021-12-11 01:20 1KB

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‘Sex And The City’ Sequel, ‘And Just Like That…’ Provides HBO Max Its Highest Premiere

With a subscriber base totaling about 45 million homes, such a feat is notable and a welcome win for Sarah Jessica Parker, the show and its streaming partner. 2021-12-11 01:20 4KB

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2 artists charged with faking Native American heritage

Two artists are facing federal charges that they faked Native American heritage to sell works at downtown Seattle galleries. 2021-12-11 01:11 4KB

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Two years of CAA: For many protestors, the fight has shifted from the streets to the courts

Most of the prominent faces of the December 2019 protests battle police cases. 2021-12-11 01:00 13KB

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Utah’s Arches to require timed tickets as visitation swells

A Utah national park famed for its otherworldly sandstone arches will require visitors to get timed entry tickets during its high season next year, the second Utah park to implement such a system a… 2021-12-11 00:46 2KB

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Titans coach Mike Vrabel storms out of press conference when asked repeatedly about new addition Zach Cunningham

Tennessee Titans coach Mike Vrabel stormed out of his Friday press conference 90 seconds in after questions about inside linebacker Zach Cunningham, whom the Titans claimed … 2021-12-11 00:40 2KB

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Man held in California crash that killed girl, injured kids

A driver was being held Friday on suspicion of rear-ending a school bus east of Los Angeles and then plowing his Cadillac into a group of children walking home, killing a 9-year-old girl and injuring three other youngsters. 2021-12-11 00:38 2KB

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Harris says right to abortion 'nonnegotiable' as SCOTUS allows strict Texas law to continue

Vice President Kamala Harris Friday said the right to abortion is "nonnegotiable" even as the Supreme Court declined to put a stop to a Texas … 2021-12-11 00:36 2KB

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Michael Nesmith, the Monkee for all seasons, dies at 78

Michael Nesmith, the Monkee for all seasons, dies at 78 2021-12-11 00:35 3KB

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‘Log4Shell’ exploits Apple, Twitter and Minecraft

Security experts around the world raced Friday to patch one of the worst computer vulnerabilities discovered in years, a critical flaw in open-source code … 2021-12-11 00:31 2KB

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MLS Cup: Portland ready for NYCFC’s Castellanos in final

Taty Castellanos won the league's Golden Boot and is well rested after sitting out the Eastern Conference finals after receiving a red card. 2021-12-11 00:14 5KB

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Biden will award Medal of Honor to three US soldiers

President Joe Biden will award the Medal of Honor next week to three U.S. soldiers who fought in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the White House said Friday. 2021-12-11 00:06 3KB

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NHL roundup: League still plans to send players to Olympics

Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL will honor its commitment to allow players to compete in Beijing, the league could pull out because of COVID-19. 2021-12-11 00:00 3KB

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Larry Ellison is now richer than the Google co-founders after big Oracle run-up

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison saw his wealth appreciate by almost $16 billion after his company's stock had its second best day in two decades. 2021-12-10 23:23 3KB

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Josh Duggar's sister Jinger, her husband Jeremy Vuolo react to guilty verdict: 'Praying for further justice'

Jinger Duggar and husband Jeremy Vuolo reacted to Josh Duggar's guilty verdict with a statement shared Friday on Instagram.  Josh was convicted on … 2021-12-10 23:00 3KB

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Judge rejects Michigan Rep. Jewell Jones' attempts to get charges dismissed

Criminal charges against Rep. Jewell Jones are proceeding\u00a0after a Livingston County judge rejected arguments by Jones' lawyer the arrest was improper. 2021-12-10 22:54 8KB

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Echoing Trump, David Perdue Sues Over Baseless Election Claims

The legal action by Mr. Perdue, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, was the latest sign that 2020 election falsehoods will be a main focus of his bid. 2021-12-10 22:45 5KB

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Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Is Coming To Disney+ In January

For those who missed it in theaters, the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe swoops onto Disney+ January 12, 2022. 2021-12-10 22:24 2KB

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3 Ways To Have Better Work/Life Balance In 2022

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How to connect your MacBook or Windows laptop to a TV in 2 different ways

You can connect your laptop to a TV using either a wired (with an HDMI cable) or wireless connection. You can use an inexpensive Chromecast … 2021-12-11 02:40 3KB

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Your data. Your experience.

AOL is part of the Yahoo family of brands. By clicking " Accept all " you agree that Yahoo and our partners will store and/or access … 2021-12-11 00:08 1KB

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This Week’s Women’s Top 25 Fared

No. 1 South Carolina (9-0) did not play. Next: vs. No. 8 Maryland, Sunday. No. 2 NC State (9-1) beat Pittsburgh 89-54. Next: vs. Saint Mary's (Cal), Sunday. No. 2021-12-11 02:20 2KB

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Bulls ‘Best Trade Package’ Could Fetch a $15-18 Million Star

What trade package could the Chicago Bulls offer that would help to fill the void at power forward? 2021-12-11 01:10 4KB

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LPGA Q-Series Qualifying Par Scores

FridayAt Highland Oaks (Highlands-Marshwood Courses)Dothan, Ala.Purse: $150,000Yardage: 6,685; Par: 72a-amateurSixth Round Pauline Roussin-Bouchard 69-67-66-65… 2021-12-11 00:59 3KB

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Vigil For Woom Sing Tse, 71-Year-Old Shot To Death In Chinatown

Twenty-three-year-old Alphonso Joyner now faces first degree murder charges. 2021-12-11 00:33 1KB

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Three Deals to Bring 6x All-Star, NBA 75 Pick to the Knicks: Insider

A New York Knicks insider just pitched a trio of hypothetical trades to get Damian Lillard to the Big Apple. 2021-12-10 23:45 4KB

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NFL Analyst Calls Patriots Polarizing WR Called an ‘Idiot’

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry can't seem to escape hardcore criticism. 2021-12-11 03:22 4KB

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Chicago man charged with shooting that killed 17-year-old boy, wounded 4 other teens in Evanston

Leonard Galvez, 19, appeared in court Friday and was ordered held without bond. 2021-12-11 00:49 1KB

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Battenfeld: Charlie Baker under pressure to take action to handle coronavirus surge

Gov. Charlie Baker faces renewed pressure to take more action to help deal with the alarming surge in COVID-19 in Massachusetts after several other states mobilized the National Guard or closed schools to in-person learning to handle the crisis. 2021-12-10 22:34 3KB

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Warriors’ Curry Owns Commanding Lead in Mid-Season MVP Straw Poll

Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry is hurtling toward the third MVP trophy of his career. 2021-12-11 03:30 5KB

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Friday’s boys’ high school roundup: Yarmouth turns back York in overtime, 55-54

Peter Psyhogoes leads the Clippers with 32 points, and a big comeback by York goes for naught. 2021-12-11 02:34 4KB

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Patriots Deal Called One of the Worst Trades of the Decade

How bad was the New England Patriots trade for WR Mohamed Sanu? One NFL analyst calls it one of the worst of the past decade. 2021-12-11 01:55 4KB

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All-County boys water polo teams: Newport Harbor’s Ben Liechty is OC player of the year

All-County boys water polo: See the Register’s selections for Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and the First and Second teams. 2021-12-11 01:46 6KB

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Detroit Pistons doomed by second half in New Orleans, 109-93, suffer 11th straight loss

The Detroit Pistons led by by 15 in the second quarter, but a cold second half allowed the New Orleans Pelicans to rally for a 16-point win. 2021-12-11 03:47 3KB

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More Missouri Health Departments Stop COVID Services After Threats From AG Eric Schmitt

The announcements said the decision to stop was a "huge concern" but they had to follow Schmitt's "orders" until state health officials gave them directions. 2021-12-11 01:50 3KB

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Michigan Lottery numbers for Friday, Dec. 10

These lottery numbers were drawn Friday. 2021-12-11 01:27 721Bytes

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Demi Moore, 59, Rocks Crop Top In Throwback Photo With John Stamos From ’40 Years Ago’

Demi Moore shared a throwback photo with John Stamos from their 'General Hospital' days. 2021-12-11 01:25 2KB

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Mitch services the Dems

Thank you for contacting us. Please check your email inbox to confirm your message and send it to our editorial team. … 2021-12-11 00:19 504Bytes

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How the rise in violent crime is affecting college campuses

College campuses are having to step up safety protocols as murder rates soar nationwide. 2021-12-11 00:12 2KB

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Secret Santa gives out $30,000 in $100 bills to strangers in need

An anonymous businessman handed out $100 bills to people in need on the San Carlos Apache Tribal Lands. Though the money was needed, his words of kindness meant so much more. Steve Hartman shares more in "On the Road." 2021-12-11 00:09 1KB

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Sports Betting Line

College BasketballSaturdayFAVORITELINEUNDERDOGSyracuse2½atGEORGETOWNat OHIO ST.4½WisconsinBYU5½atCREIGHTONat LOUISIANA TECH11Louisiana-Lafayetteat SAINT… 2021-12-10 23:50 827Bytes

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1 inch snow in Minnesota causes 261 vehicle crashes in 18 hours

A snowstorm in Minnesota this week caused the reported crash of some 261 vehicles within an 18-hour period 2021-12-10 23:34 2KB

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Introducing the Register's 2021 All-Iowa girls swimming team

Who made the Des Moines Register All-Iowa girls swimming team in 2021? 2021-12-10 23:30 4KB

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OCVarsity Gridiron: Fryer and Albano break down Mater Dei vs. Serra of San Mateo in Open Division championship game

Steve Fryer and Dan Albano preview the CIF State Open Division football game between Mater Dei and Serra of San Mateo. 2021-12-10 23:23 1KB

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Struggling Saints look to get right versus skidding Jets

NEW ORLEANS (5-7) at NEW YORK JETS (3-9) Sunday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS BETTING LINE: Saints by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Saints 5-7… 2021-12-10 23:07 6KB

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We made three mistakes – Claudio Ranieri frustrated by late Brentford winner

Claudio Ranieri was left counting the cost of Watford’s mistakes after they crashed to a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Brentford. 2021-12-10 22:53 2KB

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New Team Emerges as Trade Suitor for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins

Three storied NFL franchises are rumored to have serious trade interest in Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins. 2021-12-10 22:51 6KB

NFL Analyst Shares Theory on Why Cardinals Aren’t Getting National Respect

The Cardinals have a chance to change the national narrative with two prime-time TV appearances in the next three weeks. 2021-12-11 03:42 5KB

‘We are brothers’: Farmers bid tearful goodbyes to one another at Tikri Border

Many are taking soil from the protest sites back home to Punjab and Haryana. 2021-12-11 03:41 911Bytes

‘We must give him a smiling send-off’: Geetika Lidder, Brigadier LS Lidder’s wife at his funeral

Brigadier Lidder, who was killed in the helicopter crash on December 8, was given a state funeral at Brar Square crematorium in Delhi Cantonment. 2021-12-11 03:29 981Bytes

‘Agnes’ Film Review: Sluggish, Pointless Horror Film Shifts Gears Every 20 Minutes

There's a possession and an exorcism in here somewhere, but this Catholic horror tale never arrives anywhere memorable 2021-12-11 03:29 3KB

S African president calls on BRICS scientists to collaborate against Covid

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday invited scientists from BRICS countries to work alongside South African scientists in further researching the various characteristics of … 2021-12-11 03:28 3KB

Man charged with assaulting police in Capitol riot flees to Belarus

A California man charged with assaulting the police during the Jan.6 Capitol riot has fled to Belarus, according to U.S. officials. The U. … 2021-12-11 03:27 2KB

To Reach M.L.S. Cup, New York City F.C. Played the Long Game

A team that once took the field behind big-name European imports embraced a new kind of star power en route to its first final. Now it plans to stay on top. 2021-12-11 03:24 5KB

Indian-American Gautam Raghavan elevated to a new White House post

US President Joe Biden on Friday elevated Indian American Gautam Raghavan to a new position making him head of the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. … 2021-12-11 03:21 3KB

NPR Cookie Consent and Choices

NPR’s sites use cookies, similar tracking and storage technologies, and information about the device you use to access our sites (together, “cookies”) to enhance your … 2021-12-11 03:20 1KB

The Hornets Survived Against The Kings In The NBA’s Most Chaotic Ending Of The Season

Despite being shorthanded, the Hornets picked up a 124-123 win. 2021-12-11 03:15 1KB

Why Producer Nicolás Celis Took a Chance on a First Time Director for ‘Prayers for the Stolen’ (Video)

The Wrap Screening Series: "I remember when I was financing the film that all the financiers were like, 'You're crazy, directors from documentaries do not know how to direct actors,'" Celis tells TheWrap's Steve Pond 2021-12-11 03:15 3KB

Oil prices post biggest weekly gain since August as Omicron concerns ease

Oil prices rose slightly on Friday and posted their biggest weekly gain since late August, with market sentiment buoyed by easing concerns over the Omicron … 2021-12-11 03:14 3KB

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Celebrates Milestone [VIDEO]

The Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation celebrated a milestone with its 100,000th home library, surprising a Scarborough Elementary School student on December 10, 2021. 2021-12-11 03:10 5KB

Tom Holland Hints He ‘Wants To Be A Dad’ In 5 Years Amid Zendaya Romance

Tom Holland talks potentially becoming a dad 'in the next five years' as his romance with actress Zendaya heats up. 2021-12-11 03:05 2KB

World Bank donors approve release of $280 million for Afghanistan

The World Bank donors on Friday (local time) approved to release USD 280 million for Afghanistan to address humanitarian issues. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund … 2021-12-11 03:05 2KB

Judge Says Mandate of Vaccine Proof or Negative Test to Enter NJ Statehouse Will Stay

The decision comes after several Republicans were allowed to enter the voting chamber without providing either after being stopped by state police last week. 2021-12-11 03:01 3KB

Protests, Bangladesh and North East: Why Modi hasn’t implemented CAA two years after it was passed

The Citizenship Amendment Act has been a lose-lose proposition for the Modi government. 2021-12-11 03:00 9KB

This book of stories from Nagaland plays out personal histories during intense political turmoil

Avinuo Kire’s ‘The Last Light of Glory Days: Stories from Nagaland’ asks how memories are passed on. 2021-12-11 03:00 5KB

How to Be a Boss Even While Dealing With Negativity on Social Media (Video)

Power Women Summit 2021: "If you are really offensive, I just block you," Cynthia Bailey Says 2021-12-11 02:58 3KB

Delhi air becomes very poor; SC permits panel to decide on easing of curbs

Delhi air quality became toxic on Saturday, deteriorating further after it had slightly improved in the previous days. Meanwhile, the Commission on Air Quality Management (CAQM) … 2021-12-11 02:58 2KB

Tori Deal & Jordan Wiseley Speak on Their Breakup Amid Cheating Allegations

Tori Deal and Jordan Wiseley both addressed their breakup a year ago amid recent allegations from another 'Challenge' cast member. 2021-12-11 02:52 4KB

Biden signs bill to fast-track process to raise debt limit

Washington: US President Joe Biden has signed a bill to fast-track the process to raise the federal government's debt limit and avoid a potential default. 2021-12-11 02:51 2KB

Rams’ Von Miller aims to contain Cardinals’ Kyler Murray

The addition of linebackers Miller, Ernest Jones and perhaps Justin Hollins could make a difference in the teams’ rematch Monday night. 2021-12-11 02:51 6KB

Paul Gosar Knew He Should 'Keep On Going' When 'Marxist' Siblings Disavowed Anime Video

"I've got seven siblings that are Marxists," Gosar said. "When they start squealing and crying I know I'm over the bombing site, so [I] stay there and keep on going." 2021-12-11 02:50 3KB

Kanye West’s new beau Vinetria lands big beauty campaign

Vinetria, the model most recently linked to Kanye West, is the new face of Pat McGrath Labs in a campaign collaborating with the Netflix hit "Bridgerton." 2021-12-11 02:49 2KB

15 EU nations to resettle Afghan refugees to prevent irregular immigration

Fifteen European Union (EU) countries on Thursday decided to resettle 40,000 Afghan refugees in order to prevent irregular immigration of these people. Commissioner of … 2021-12-11 02:44 2KB

Boys’ basketball: Deering starts fast, then holds off Bonny Eagle in opener

The Rams earn a 64-55 win over the Scots as fans return to the gymnasium. 2021-12-11 02:42 4KB

Eastpointe man tosses bag of drugs, almost hits officer, police say

Officers conducting a search warrant Wednesday at Willie Ballard's home found 926 rocks of cocaine. 2021-12-11 02:41 1KB

Olivia Wilde Said She’s Tempted To ‘Correct A False Narrative’ About Her Relationship With Harry Styles

'I think what you realize is that when you’re really happy, it doesn’t matter what strangers think about you.' 2021-12-11 02:38 2KB

UK Ministry Battles Barclays Cancellation as Clergy Fights Country's Conversion Therapy Ban

A Christian ministry helping those with gender confusion fights cancellation by Barclays while a ban on conversion therapy plays out in the UK's Parliament. 2021-12-11 02:37 7KB

Race-based appraisals threaten American Dream for Black and Brown home sellers

It’s a practice nothing short of robbery — and banks, lawmakers and appraisal companies must end it. 2021-12-11 02:36 3KB

FATF to open Pak's Pandora Papers leaks to stop terror finance networks

The global anti-terror watchdog - Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will open Pakistan's Pandora Papers leaks to reveal the nexus of the financial shenanigans, … 2021-12-11 02:36 4KB

BYU gives football coach Kalani Sitake 'unprecedented' new deal through 2027 season

BYU coach Kalani Sitake has signed a new contract with the school through the 2027 season. 2021-12-11 02:35 2KB

Former NBA Champion Called ‘Realistic’ Option to Fill Bulls’ Big Man Needs

Perhaps a trade isn't the best route for the Bulls to take to fill the PF void. 2021-12-11 02:34 4KB

Florida woman charged with DUI after driving through golf course in wild police chase

A Florida woman has been charged with driving under the influence and other crimes after leading a local police department on a chase that went … 2021-12-11 02:34 2KB

Video shows moment NYPD officer fires at BMW allegedly used in high-end robberies

Video shows the moment an NYPD officer fired three shots at a vehicle believed to be connected to several high-end robberies as it took … 2021-12-11 02:33 3KB

NBC Washington announces retirement of longtime anchor Wendy Rieger

NBC Washington’s Wendy Rieger, indelible anchor on NBC4, has announced her retirement following over three decades helming D.C. area newscasts. 2021-12-11 02:32 3KB

Music Industry Moves: Arooj Aftab Attorney Matt Cuttler Named Partner at Rothenberg, Mohr & Binder

Warner Chappell has named Christine Belden VP and global head of film, TV and media music; ADA hires Sam Juneman and Andrea Slobodien. 2021-12-11 02:30 12KB

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp: Republican primary politics a tough business, 'I'm not scared to fight'

Governor Brian Kemp, R-Ga., joined " Special Report " Friday to discuss his reelection bid and defend his record against sharp criticism from Donald Trump and … 2021-12-11 02:30 1KB

Johnson approval plummets amid ongoing party row

Boris Johnson’s popularity has fallen to its lowest level since he became British prime minister, according to an opinion poll published yesterday. 2021-12-11 02:30 3KB

No, you’re not losing your mind. You are coming to terms with a scary illness, and all of the uncertainty that brings

“Will I ever get back to how I was?’ “I’m scared of going back out into the world now”, ‘I’m worried about getting old now”, “Am I depressed?’ “This was all my fault anyway”, “I’m so frustrated and angry.” 2021-12-11 02:30 953Bytes

Farmers at Singhu border prepare to return to homes after year-long protest

After the farmers received a formal letter from the Centre agreeing to their pending demands on Thursday, farmers at the Singhu border expressed their happiness … 2021-12-11 02:29 3KB

49ers’ Kyle Shanahan Hints at Possibly Adding a CB for Sunday

The 49ers could add one more defender in the secondary following the latest player to be listed as questionable. 2021-12-11 02:27 4KB

Stay French, or not? New Caledonia holds independence vote

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (AP) — The South Pacific archipelago of New Caledonia decides Sunday whether to break away from France, in a vote that is important for… 2021-12-11 02:27 5KB

Michigan COVID Numbers Near All-Time Highs, 3 in 4 Hospitalized Patients Unvaccinated

The state reported over 4,700 hospitalized COVID patients, a record high, as Michigan's vaccination rate sits five percent below the national rate. 2021-12-11 02:27 4KB

Polling to 6 seats of Telangana Council sees heavy turnout

Hyderabad: The polling for biennial elections to six seats of Telangana Legislative Council from local authority constituencies was held peacefully amid 2021-12-11 02:25 3KB

Mary J. Blige, 50, Rocks Tiny Green & Pink Bikini On The Beach In Miami — Photos

Mary J. Blige rocked a printed bikini while on a beach in Miami. 2021-12-11 02:25 2KB

Ex-Torrance police officers move to suppress use of offensive texts

Court documents in the swastika vandalism case reveal that investigators asked a tow truck driver to call the two officers and then listened in on their conversations. 2021-12-11 02:24 5KB

Several killed, many injured in explosion at south Lebanon Palestinian camp

Several people were killed and many injured in an explosion at south Lebanon Palestinian camp on Friday. The explosion took place at a Hamas weapons … 2021-12-11 02:21 2KB

Festival of fights: Lomachenko, Donaire, Taylor headline multiple events Saturday

Boxing is dead? Tell it to the fighters packing the schedule with a festival of fights on Saturday featuring a list of world champions. 2021-12-11 02:18 11KB

The countries welcoming US tourists now -- and some resources for your visit

US passport holders have seen an ever-changing list of international travel options during the pandemic. Find out the current destinations where a US passport unlocks the door to leisure travel along with resources to help you research a trip. 2021-12-11 02:16 4KB

Dollar weakens, stocks rise as consumer prices jump in Nov, data shows

The dollar weakened and a gauge of global equity markets edged higher on Friday after data showed consumer prices rose as expected in November, easing … 2021-12-11 02:16 3KB

Organ donors and recipients discover life and community en route to New Year’s Day Rose Parade

Heart transplants, weekslong comas, and the death of loved ones are only a part of the lifelong battles faced by the dozens of families who united in Irwindale on Friday Read about their personal s… 2021-12-11 02:15 6KB

'Get ready:' Preparations underway as strong winter storm barrels down on Bay Area

In the North Bay, many are getting ready ahead of the approaching atmospheric river, which could bring flooding to some areas. 2021-12-11 02:14 2KB

Girls’ basketball: Cheverus rallies past Bangor in season opener

The visiting Rams led 30-25 midway through the third quarter but the Stags rallied behind defense and clutch shooting by senior guard Maeve Kelly. 2021-12-11 02:14 4KB

Coronavirus Timeline: Tracking major moments of COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco Bay Area

The novel coronavirus pandemic unfolded with breathtaking speed. Here's a look at the major moments in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. 2021-12-11 02:13 1KB

Los Alamitos horse racing consensus picks for Saturday, Dec. 11

The consensus box of picks comes from handicappers Bob Mieszerski, Art Wilson, Terry Turrell and Eddie Wilson. Here are the picks for races on Saturday Dec. 11, 2021 at Los Alamitos. 2021-12-11 02:12 937Bytes

Biden orders US to stop financing carbon-intense overseas fuel projects

The Biden administration has ordered U.S. government agencies to immediately stop financing carbon-intensive fossil fuel projects overseas and prioritize international collaborations to deploy … 2021-12-11 02:11 2KB

Where Chip Kelly stands with UCLA and Oregon football

Kelly’s name has been mentioned in connection with the Oregon job this week, a place where he had a very successful four-year run. 2021-12-11 02:05 4KB

TikTok Helps Fans Gear Up for Premiere of Spider-Man: No Way Home

The platform released new features and effects in advance of the Dec. 17 film debut. The platform released new features and effects in advance of the Dec. 17 film debut. 2021-12-11 02:05 847Bytes

'Remarkable': New Vuity eye drops could limit the need for reading glasses

Newly approved Vuity eye drops limit the need of reading glasses. It's a breakthrough UCSF doctors say could be a catalyst for future eye treatment. 2021-12-11 02:04 2KB

Fans are sour after scalpers snap up Olivia Rodrigo concert tickets

A "sour" tour indeed. Almost as soon as concert tickets for Olivia Rodrigo's SOUR tour went on sale Friday morning, many cities sold out … 2021-12-11 02:04 2KB

Detroit Red Wings game score vs. Colorado Avalanche: Live updates from Denver

The Detroit Red Wings take on the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, with BSD+ broadcasting the matchup. 2021-12-11 02:00 2KB

Listen: Recordings by tabla maestro Nikhil Ghosh, founder of the Sangit Mahabharati music school

His name adorns a junction in Mumbai’s Juhu Vile Parle Scheme. 2021-12-11 02:00 3KB

Weekend Weather: Warm And Humid But Not As Foggy

Warm and muggy this weekend but it may not be quite as foggy as it was Thursday and Friday morning. 2021-12-11 01:56 1KB

No. 23 Oregon State women win in 1st trip to N.J. since 1997

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Talia von Oelhoffen had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Taylor Jones scored 13 and No. 23 Oregon State beat Monmouth… 2021-12-11 01:56 2KB

NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Tournament

All Times ESTFirst RoundAt higher seedThursday, Nov. 18 St. John's (NY) 1, Princeton 0 North Carolina 0, Loyola Maryland 0, North Carolina advanced 4-2 on… 2021-12-11 01:55 2KB

Carmen Salinas, 'Man on Fire' actress and telenovela star, dead at 82

Mexican actor Carmen Salinas , known for movies like "Danzón," "Man on Fire" and "Bellas de Noche" and telenovelas and series including "María la del Barrio" … 2021-12-11 01:55 3KB

World’s Tigers Vanishing Into Tiger Bone Glue Pots

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Addiction treatment center hearing could turn emotional, confrontational

‘Hair salons and barber shops have better and more frequent inspections than state licensed addiction treatment houses.’ 2021-12-11 01:54 6KB

Republicans in Texas County, in Unusual Move, Upend Primary System

The G.O.P. in Potter County is planning to break away from a nonpartisan election board and hold its own primary next year, in a move criticized by election experts. 2021-12-11 01:53 5KB

Miley Cyrus visited Pete Davidson’s Staten Island condo after ‘Fallon’ late-night appearance: report

Miley Cyrus and Pete Davidson are hanging out. The two stars appeared together on the " Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon " Thursday night where they cut … 2021-12-11 01:53 2KB

Surprise! Bikes for everyone at some 3rd grade classes in Tustin

Kids at two schools thought six bikes were being given away. They were happily wrong. 2021-12-11 01:48 3KB

London’s Objet D’Émotion Launches Marylebone Boutique Featuring Exclusive Jewels, Fine Art And Accessories

Featuring female fine jewelry designers, Valery Demure’s new gallery, Objet d’Emotion, opens on Blandford Street in Marylebone, London. 2021-12-11 01:47 8KB

Trump lashes out at McConnell for allowing debt ceiling increase

Former President Donald Trump lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday night after the Kentucky Republican declined to take Trump’s advice to … 2021-12-11 01:46 3KB

A federal judge threw out Mike Lindell's defamation lawsuit against the Daily Mail for a story alleging he had a secret affair with actress Jane Krakowski

A federal judge dismissed My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell's defamation lawsuit against the Daily Mail. Lindell sued the outlet for publishing a story claiming … 2021-12-11 01:45 3KB

Polk deputy shoots man with stolen trailer during traffic stop, agency says

A Polk County deputy shot a Bradenton man with a stolen trailer Friday morning after fled during a traffic stop, authorities say. 2021-12-11 01:45 2KB

Hyderabad girl turns her passion into profession

Hyderabad: A 26-year-old Hyderabad girl turned her passion for painting into a profession by custom designing motorcycles. Singajogi Satyaveni, had a 2021-12-11 01:45 2KB

Historical Advocates Concerned About 17-Story Residential Tower Proposal In Art Deco District

The Miami Beach skyline could look a little different under a new proposal to add on to the Ritz Sagamore footprint. 2021-12-11 01:42 2KB

Man who lived on DC streets for almost 3 decades surprised by favorite author

A man who lived on the streets of D.C. for almost 30 years got a special surprise on Friday…a visit from his favorite author whose books helped him through tough times. 2021-12-11 01:39 2KB

‘Panther’ the cat rescued after days-long power-pole perch

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — For at least two days and maybe more, residents of a suburban Denver neighborhood worried about the fate of a black cat called Panther who… 2021-12-11 01:39 2KB

Bob Garner, the man who ran the iconic Hoosier Gym, dies from COVID-19 at 74

Bob Garner was a gregarious, larger-than-life figure who greeted visitors to the Hoosier Gym with a smile — and then showered them with … 2021-12-11 01:36 5KB

Top equity funds in Asia are all buying China's green stocks. Here's why

What do Asia’s five best-performing $1 billion-plus equity funds for 2021 have in common? They are all betting big on China’s renewables push. … 2021-12-11 01:36 5KB

Sony Michel could be Rams’ latest late-season rushing star

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — For the third time in four seasons, the Los Angeles Rams appear to be getting a major boost in December from a running back who' 2021-12-11 01:35 4KB

India, Slovenia discuss developments in Indo-Pacific, relations with EU

India and Slovenia on Friday discussed regional and global issues including developments in the Indo-Pacific and India-EU relations, following which the two sides … 2021-12-11 01:35 2KB

Democrat-Linked PR Firm CLS Strategies Is Lobbying China Bill For Drone Company Blacklisted Over Alleged Human Rights Abuses

A public relations firm run by former Democratic operatives and tied to foreign influence campaigns is working on behalf of a Chinese drone manufacturer blacklisted … 2021-12-11 01:32 6KB

Environmentalists Are Blocking The US From Controlling Its Renewable Energy Future

Regulations pushed by environmentalists for decades have hamstrung the American mining industry, making the U.S. renewable energy needs increasingly dependent on foreign adversaries, experts … 2021-12-11 01:32 10KB

East Laurinburg mayor claims NC is wrongfully 'punishing' town after dissolving its charter

The state of North Carolina will dissolve the town government of East Laurinburg in June. It's one of seven towns whose finances are controlled by a state commission. 2021-12-11 01:32 4KB

2 civilians killed, 3 injured in mini-bus blast in Kabul

ampcopy Provided by Xinhua KABUL Dec 11 Xinhua -- Two civilians were killed and three others injured as a blast targeted a mini-bus in Dasht-i-Barch area 2021-12-11 01:30 1KB

Justice shooting: Family of teen killed in apartment building entryway seeks witnesses

Suri Davis, 15, was found by her parents murdered in the entranceway to her family's Justice apartment building after she'd come home from school. 2021-12-11 01:29 2KB

LIVE news: Farmers to leave Delhi borders today; 32 Omicron cases in India

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farm unions has decided to suspend the over a year-long farmers' movement against three contentious … 2021-12-11 01:29 2KB

Michael Strahan prepares for historic mission to space on Blue Origin flight

Michael Strahan is preparing to go to space on a Blue Origin flight Saturday morning after it was delayed by weather Thursday. 2021-12-11 01:28 3KB

Trump to host big-bucks fundraiser for NY Rep. Elise Stefanik

Former President Donald Trump will host a big-bucks fundraiser for the House GOP Conference boss, Rep. Elise Stefanik next month. Stefanik will hold the … 2021-12-11 01:28 3KB

Ex-NFL coach Hue Jackson to take over at Grambling

GRAMBLING, La. (AP) — Former Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson is taking over as the coach of Grambling's storied football program. 2021-12-11 01:27 2KB

‘Rambo’ Star Blasts Hater, Provides Incredible Take On Meaning Of Success

“Rambo” star Matthew Marsden blasted a hater who suggested his life was less because of his lack of professional accolades and hit back with an … 2021-12-11 01:26 1KB

The best festive NYC restaurants for your 2021 holiday celebrations

Dining out during the holidays isn’t the sugar-plummy sleigh ride it used to be. Not only  because of the pandemic, but because so many … 2021-12-11 01:26 5KB

Judge upholds prosecutors' use of felony obstruction law in January 6 cases in pivotal ruling

A federal judge on Friday upheld the Justice Department's decision to use a felony obstruction law against US Capitol rioters, a major victory for prosecutors who have used the statute to charge hundreds of Donald Trump supporters who were involved in the January 6 insurrection. 2021-12-11 01:22 3KB

‘Valley Forge: Washington’s Winter Army’ documents the historic battle in 1777

Fox Nation is bringing one of the most historic battles to your home screens this holiday season.  The newly-released special, "Valley Forge: Washington’s Winter Army," … 2021-12-11 01:22 3KB

Protesters block entrance to Arwady’s home, implore her to deny permit for metal shredder after health expert rips city review

Chicago officials promise a "rigorous" health impact study before determining if Southside Recycling is allowed to open, but a UIC health professor disputes the assertion. 2021-12-11 01:22 4KB

Holly Springs charter school goes online for the rest of the year after increase in coronavirus cases

A charter school in Wake County announced Friday night it would be holding online classes for the rest of the year due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. 2021-12-11 01:21 1KB

How Television Networks Are Celebrating the New Year in 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, television networks are announcing their New Year's programming. 2021-12-11 01:20 2KB

Amazon says 'unexpected behaviour' caused huge cloud service outage

Amazon. com Inc. said automated processes in its cloud computing business caused cascading outages across the internet this week, affecting everything from Disney amusement parks … 2021-12-11 01:20 3KB

Health ministry should assess need for booster shots: Parliament panel

In view of the threat posed by the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs has recommended that the Health Ministry … 2021-12-11 01:20 6KB

Elizabeth Holmes trial Week 14 recap: A trade secret defense, and the Theranos founder's romantic break-up 'process'

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes finished seven days of testimony this week in her fraud trial. She said she wasn't told the lab posed "immediate … 2021-12-11 01:19 4KB

‘The Jump’ Director Talks Celebrating ‘Our Local James Bond’ in Lithuanian Documentary (Video)

TheWrap Screening Series: Documentarian Giedrė Žickytė explains what drew her to the 1970 story of a Soviet man who defected by jumping onto an American boat 2021-12-11 01:15 3KB

Philippine Genome Center urges labs to fast track submission of samples amid omicron threat

In an interview on Teleradyo, PGC Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Saloma said this call to action is so they could screen samples immediately as they have the capacity to sequence 750 weekly. 2021-12-11 01:15 3KB

Realiti Courson Sues Deputies She Says Fired Rubber Bullets at Her During Panic Attack

"Caged dogs are afforded better treatment than Realiti was given when she was shocked and shot while caged in a cell," the lawsuit says. 2021-12-11 01:12 4KB

Amazon Web Services explains outage and will make it easier to track future ones

Amazon's network devices got overloaded on Tuesday, the company said, resulting in issues that lasted for hours. 2021-12-11 01:11 4KB

Juice WRLD Connects With Suga From BTS On The Posthumous Collab, ‘Girl Of My Dreams’

The collaboration is part of 'Fighting Demons,' the second new album released after the young rapper's untimely death. 2021-12-11 01:11 1KB

Why We Need to Address Scam Culture

It’s not just about shady deals. It’s about the social fabric. 2021-12-11 01:10 7KB

Firefighter attacked at scene of house fire

A man is in custody accused of attacking a firefighter on the scene of a house fire. 2021-12-11 01:10 1KB

Peyton List Shares the Best Advice She’s Ever Received

"Cobra Kai" star Peyton List explained what it was like channeling her villainous side to play Tory Nichols, and shared some valuable advice she's received. 2021-12-11 01:09 4KB

Orange County woman charged with retail thefts that netted more than $300,000

Ekaterina Zharkova, of Costa Mesa, has other open felony grand theft cases in Orange County and Los Angeles. 2021-12-11 01:08 2KB

If Philly DA can seriously claim we’re not facing a crisis of murders, then he and his white wokeness must go

District Attorney Larry Krasner’s recent remarks about whether we are experiencing a crime crisis are some of the worst, most ignorant and most insulting comments I … 2021-12-11 01:07 4KB

Aaron Sorkin Slams ‘Distorted Picture’ of ‘Succession’ Star Jeremy Strong in New Yorker Profile

Aaron Sorkin has expressed regret over a profile of "Succession" star Jeremy Strong in The New Yorker, slamming the piece as a "distorted picture." 2021-12-11 01:06 2KB

At 15, college grad from Huntington Beach studies history; ponders future

“You can’t check every box. But I think we’ve done really well in our own way.” Ru Andrade, Jack Rico’s mother. 2021-12-11 01:06 6KB

Michigan's Corum uses NIL funds to give Detroit kids brighter holiday

Corum read with the nearly two dozen 4- to 8-year-old boys and girls at Most Holy Trinity School, spoke to them about setting goals and then gave each a holiday bag he purchased containing a football, coloring book and DVD. movie. 2021-12-11 01:04 2KB

Best of BS Opinion: Celebrating NRI success, reclaiming lost ground & more

The elevation of Parag Agrawal to the top job at Twitter created a fair bit of excitement in the Indian media, though it was not … 2021-12-11 01:04 1KB

Ex-Met Brad Brach is a fan of Buck Showalter’s managerial methods

During Brad Brach’s 4 ½ seasons pitching for the Orioles, there were times when he felt Baltimore’s manager might have been too abrasive. It wasn’t … 2021-12-11 01:03 4KB

JD Johnson coming out of medical retirement, plans to transfer from Michigan football

JD Johnson, whose scholarship was honored by Michigan football after a heart condition forced him to retire, plans to resume his career and transfer. 2021-12-11 01:03 3KB

Gold price today at Rs 47,850 per 10 gram; silver selling at Rs 60,700 a kg

The price of 10 gram of gold increased by Rs 10 on Saturday, with 24-carat of it trading at Rs 47,850 and 22-carat … 2021-12-11 01:03 2KB

Matthew Ray Hancock Dons Clown Mask, Says He Has Bomb in Limo at Las Vegas Airport: Police

A man was arrested for driving a limo through security gates at a Las Vegas airport while wearing a clown mask and telling police he had a "bomb" in the car. 2021-12-11 01:02 2KB

Woodridge condo residents forced out of homes early by water main break

Woodridge Country Club Condo Association #5 residents were forced out of their homes even earlier by a water main break Thursday. 2021-12-11 01:02 3KB

How Narrow is the Pathway the Supreme Court Left for Suits Challenging SB 8 and Other Similar State Laws?

Things are far from completely clear. But Justice Gorsuch's opinion may give preenforcement challenges to SB 8 and other similar laws a good deal more wiggle room than many think. 2021-12-11 01:01 8KB

Poll: Majority of Democrats Support Voter ID Laws Despite Race-Baiting Propaganda

Despite an all-out campaign against voter integrity laws from the far-left, a majority of Democrats support voter ID laws, a Rasmussen poll released … 2021-12-11 01:00 3KB

Car Crushes Catalytic Converter Thief to Death, Sheriff’s Office Says

A North Carolina man was crushed to death by a car on Wednesday evening while he was attempting to steal a catalytic converter, authorities said. … 2021-12-11 01:00 2KB

The Jazz are confused by Rudy Gobert criticism, but ultimately unfazed

Quin Snyder, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside and Joe Ingles weigh in on the impact Gobert has on the game and point out how wrong his critics are. 2021-12-11 01:00 4KB

'Absolute legend' Bob Dole pokes fun at Democrats one last time in farewell letter

Former Republican Senator Bob Dole, who passed away this week at the age of 98, included in his farewell letter a playful jab at the Democratic Party. … 2021-12-11 00:59 2KB

Robert Griffin III’s Washington Football Team book a ‘bitch move’: LaVar Arrington

For those keeping score at home, consider LaVar Arrington not a fan of Robert Griffin III’s announcement of a tell-all book exposing the Washington Football Team . … 2021-12-11 00:59 3KB

Lakers Legend Andre Ingram Went Onto ‘Wheel Of Fortune’ And Won A Whole Lot Of Money

Andre Ingram, who famously played for the Lakers after a lengthy G League career, is now a 'Wheel of Fortune' winner. 2021-12-11 00:59 2KB

Brandon Boston Jr. finds a good fit with Tyronn Lue, Clippers

In his 13 NBA games, the former Sierra Canyon High star has had the green light and is shooting 45.8% from the field and from 3-point range. 2021-12-11 00:58 5KB

ABT’s ‘The Nutcracker’ returns to Segerstrom Center

Forty-seven dancers from the William J. Gillespie School are joining the world-renowned ballet company starting December 10 for 12 performances through December 19 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts… 2021-12-11 00:57 2KB

Ex-Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt Re-Kindles NFL Career With AFC Squad

Colquitt was released by the Falcons on Monday, December 6. 2021-12-11 00:56 5KB

Harlem Grandmother Answers Call For Dolls Of Color This Holiday Season

Dolls of color are hard to find on shelves in stores in central Harlem this holiday season. One local grandmother has made representation her mission for the last two decades. 2021-12-11 00:54 4KB

Welcome to the parallel nation

In the past, I've addressed the possibility that many conservative Americans who refused to put up with leftist baloney would respond by going their … 2021-12-11 00:54 6KB

Discount Tire Announces Sponsorship Plans for 2022

Discount Tire has unveiled sponsorship plans for the 2022 Cup Series season. The company will work with both Ryan Blaney and Austin Cindric for multiple races. 2021-12-11 00:54 4KB

‘Don’t Look Up’ a semi-funny sign of our (end) times

Adam McKay's “Don't Look Up” is a disaster movie all right. The film, a would-be satirical science-fiction black comedy, takes on the end of the world at a time when the world has perhaps already ended in moral and psychological terms. 2021-12-11 00:53 4KB

Brick etched with ‘KKK’ removed from Orlando neighborhood street

The hundreds-year-old brick will be offered up to the Orange County Regional History Center.  2021-12-11 00:53 2KB

Jurado ordena pagar US$ 301.000 millones a la familia de dos personas que murieron por un conductor ebrio. Ellos no esperan ni un dólar

(CNN) — Un jurado de Texas concedió la mayor indemnización por daños personales hasta ahora en el país a una familia que perdió a dos de sus integrantes por… 2021-12-11 00:52 6KB

Guilford County students using Legos to make learning about math and science fun

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Colored interlocking plastic bricks are being used in Guilford County elementary school classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. Those blocks teachers and students are using are Legos. Megan Coble uses them to teach her fourth graders at Morehead Elementary School about force and momentum. […] 2021-12-11 00:50 3KB

Guatemala President Keynotes DC Pro-Life Reception After Biden Excludes Him from Democracy Summit

The pro-life president of Guatemala gave the keynote address Tuesday at a gathering focused on the dignity of all human life after having been … 2021-12-11 00:50 5KB

Pet monkey fed cocaine before almost getting flushed down toilet

A disturbing series of videos of animal abuse has earned one woman a lifetime ban on owning pets. When police raided south Wales resident Vicki Holland’s … 2021-12-11 00:49 2KB

The Founding Fathers save us again!

Imagine wanting to be "in charge" of something so badly, that you'd do anything – sell anyone out, lie, cheat and steal – whatever … 2021-12-11 00:48 4KB

Panel recommends that PA state officers who kill, injure others should face independent probe

The State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission in Pennsylvania approved a recommendation Friday that says state troopers who kill or injure someone should face an … 2021-12-11 00:48 2KB

West Des Moines Water Works postpones regionalization vote to allow for public comment

According to a news release, three new meetings will be held after the holidays \ 2021-12-11 00:48 2KB

Government accountability bill could impact Rocky Mount

Legislation signed into law this week by Gov. Roy Cooper could affect Rocky Mount, where a critical state audit led to the creation of the law. 2021-12-11 00:46 2KB

Mario Gonzalez died after police pinned him down for 5 minutes. Now his autopsy is in

In a case that drew national attention and comparisons to the murder of George Floyd an autopsy report released Friday for a California man who … 2021-12-11 00:45 3KB

US urges youth leaders to voice concerns on threats vs democracy amid global crises

One of the attendees who joined the global discussion was Bryan Ezra Gonzales, a Filipino legislative lobbyist, human rights worker, and good governance advocate. 2021-12-11 00:45 7KB

How Finnish Oscar Entry ‘Compartment No. 6’ Rewrote the Ending After a Surprise Snowstorm

"Our catering tent flew away to the sea. It was a crazy moment," "Compartment No. 6" director Juho Kuosmanen says 2021-12-11 00:45 4KB

Iran’s Nuclear Program Ignites New Tension Between U.S. and Israel

Strains emerged during talks this week after a short period of strong relations between a new Israeli government and new American one. 2021-12-11 00:44 9KB

Ghoulish: California to fund abortion tourism post-Roe

The issue of abortion has again taken over the news because of the involvement of the Supreme Court. Will it, or won't it? What … 2021-12-11 00:42 5KB

Psaki: It's okay to let children eat lunch in the cold 'to keep kids safe'

White House press secretary Jen Psaki suggested Friday that it is okay for kids to eat their lunches outside in cold temperatures in an effort … 2021-12-11 00:42 1KB

Accidental shooting leads police to home with over 70 cats

KENSINGTON, N.H. (AP) — An accidental shooting led police in New Hampshire to a house that was overrun with more than 70 cats and was declared uninhabitable because it was covered with feline feces and urine. 2021-12-11 00:40 2KB

Vicente Fernández, el ídolo de México: lo que sabemos de su estado de salud

(CNN Español) — El cantante mexicano Vicente Fernández sigue internado debido a su estado de salud. Este año, Fernández estuvo en terapia intensiva varias… 2021-12-11 00:40 7KB

Understand the nuances of retail direct bond before investing: Experts

Several new platforms have been launched in recent months that allow retail investors to invest directly in bonds like from JM Financial, BondsIndia. … 2021-12-11 00:40 1KB

Govt fails to join IPO bandwagon, share of PSUs less than 5% in 2021

Buoyancy in the secondary markets has turbocharged the primary markets, with more than 50 companies raising a record Rs 1.1 trillion until November by … 2021-12-11 00:40 1KB

Of 2.8 mn hectares, 58% potential oil palm acreage lies in 5 states: ICAR

The National Mission for Edible Oil-Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), which the Centre had launched a few months ago with an outlay of more than Rs 11,000 … 2021-12-11 00:40 1KB

There is a bit of Alstom in every metro project in India: MD Alain Spohr

Global major Alstom is expanding its presence in India through the Make in India route and has started a component-manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, … 2021-12-11 00:40 1KB

Bidders ready with Rs 40,000-crore auction purse for IPL, ICC sports rights

Broadcasting and digital companies are readying themselves with a war chest of Rs 40,000 crore to join the country’s biggest ever auction of sports … 2021-12-11 00:40 1KB

As Inflation Soars China Trolls US for Disparity Between the 1 Percent and Rest of America

The trolling occurred in a Chinese report entitled "Ten Questions for American Democracy". 2021-12-11 00:39 3KB

Police search for suspect in Falmouth bank robbery

A man escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash after robbing the Key Bank on Route 1 in Falmouth on Friday afternoon. 2021-12-11 00:37 1KB

Despite Rise in Smash-and-Grabs, These Major Cities Saw Robberies Drop in 2021

Chicago, San Francisco and Baltimore are among the cities with fewer reported robberies in 2021 than in 2020. 2021-12-11 00:37 3KB

A backpacker's hub: Paharganj goes quiet under Covid pandemic blow

It is around 2.30 in the afternoon. Vivek Kanojia is carefully wrapping a ceramic wall hook that costs Rs 100 for his second customer … 2021-12-11 00:35 1KB

Starbucks brews brisk growth plans; seeks to upgrade customer experience

Even as restaurant chains and standalone eateries buckled under the brunt of two consecutive lockdowns induced by a global pandemic, Tata Starbucks, the Seattle-headquartered … 2021-12-11 00:35 1KB

What it's worth being captain: Will Rohit Sharma hit it off with brands?

Sourav Ganguly played some great innings. But he was never the best batsman in that Indian lineup. Any ranking … 2021-12-11 00:34 1KB

Michigan State basketball vs. Penn State: Scouting report, prediction

Previewing No. 20 Michigan State basketball's home Big Ten game Saturday against Penn State (2 p.m./BTN). 2021-12-11 00:33 5KB

Hopeless pandemic? Or pandemic of hopelessness?

Most world conflicts don't really involve the entire world. Even World War I and World War II were fought by only a handful of … 2021-12-11 00:33 5KB

’90 Day’s Alina’s ‘Looking Forward’ To Showing What It’s Like Dating Someone With A Disability

The Russian singer wants viewers to see that people with disabilities are just like everybody else and they need intimacy, too. 2021-12-11 00:32 3KB

HR and legal nervous-nellies are spoiling holiday fun for workers — and restaurant owners

Who’s afraid of the big, bad variant? Not New Yorkers who regularly patronize our Michelin-starred dining palaces and modestly priced cafes, trattorias and noodle … 2021-12-11 00:32 5KB

Worthy charges 3 more students in Wayne County school threats

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged 26 youths in connection with school threats since the Nov. 30 shooting at Oxford High School. 2021-12-11 00:31 2KB

Why New York is one of the worst ‘judicial hellholes’

New York again scored as a major Judicial Hellhole, No. 2 in the nation, in the latest ranking from the American Tort Reform Foundation. Worse, … 2021-12-11 00:30 1KB

Southwest Airlines is asking corporate employees to work customer service roles at airports amid staffing shortages over the holiday

Southwest Airlines is asking non-operational employees to work at airports during the holidays.   Volunteers would work eight-hour shifts in December and January … 2021-12-11 00:29 3KB

As recall vote margin widens, Kshama Sawant confident she will keep Seattle council seat

While there are a few hundred votes outstanding, Seattle District 3 City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says it appears the recall effort has failed. 2021-12-11 00:28 2KB

Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 can be done right at home, pharmacist says

While doctors stress vaccination is key to limiting the impact of the virus, they also want those who become ill to know about the effective treatment options nearly that can help keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital. 2021-12-11 00:28 2KB

General: US at '1 or 2%' of capability it previously had to track al-Qaeda in Afghanistan

The al-Qaeda extremist group has grown slightly inside Afghanistan since U.S. forces left in late August, and the country's new Taliban leaders … 2021-12-11 00:28 5KB

The Greek word 'pharmakia' in Revelation 18

As often happens on radio, I unintentionally stir up a hornet's nest by giving a straightforward, factual answer to a question that, to my … 2021-12-11 00:28 7KB

Military floats idea of opening weapons depots to arm citizens

A senior Ukrainian military adviser floated the idea of handing over the country’s own weapons to its citizens in the event of a Russian invasion, The New York Times … 2021-12-11 00:26 3KB

Today in History for December 11th

Britain's King Edward steps down; Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy declare war on the United States; UNICEF organization launches; 'Magnum PI' makes television debut. … 2021-12-11 00:26 760Bytes

Severe storms, tornadoes in Cincinnati possible Friday night and Saturday: What to know

The Cincinnati area remains in the \ 2021-12-11 00:24 2KB

Abraham and Lot entertaining angels

Editor’s note: The following video is presented by Pastor Daniel Joseph, president and founder of Corner Fringe Ministries. Subscribe to the Corner Fringe YouTube channel … 2021-12-11 00:23 657Bytes

WWE 2K22's Roster Will Be Bigger Than Many Expect

There are a number of questions about the WWE 2K22 roster, and with good reason, but the size is probably not going to be a limited as some expect. 2021-12-11 00:23 4KB

Football recruiting: Domani Jackson, other top players still looking at options as early signing day nears

The first day of the early signing period for football is Wednesday, and the recent flurry of college coaching changes has unsettled the recruiting scene. 2021-12-11 00:22 4KB

Duke Blue Devils land Mark Mitchell, make case for No. 1 men's basketball recruiting class

Duke landed top-30 senior Mark Mitchell on Friday, giving the Blue Devils their fifth ESPN 100 recruit and a strong case as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. 2021-12-11 00:22 3KB

Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis ruled out against Oklahoma City Thunder because of sore left knee

Lakers star Anthony Davis was ruled out for Friday night's game against the Thunder about an hour before tipoff after receiving pregame treatment to see if he would feel well enough to play. 2021-12-11 00:22 1KB

'Hellbound' creator on the hit show and the dark Korean drama craze

Move over, “Squid Game,” the latest Korean sensation is here. It’s called “Hellbound, and for writer/director Yeon Sang-ho, his hit Netflix show … 2021-12-11 00:22 4KB

Angel City FC signs defender Sarah Gorden and midfielder Katie Cousins

Angel City FC continues adding players for its inaugural season and ahead of next week’s expansion and college drafts 2021-12-11 00:21 2KB

What the wise men teach us about worship

It's a story most people who are not even familiar with the Bible have heard at one time or another: wise men, led by … 2021-12-11 00:21 6KB

Celtics Notebook: Jaylen Brown shows improvement

Jaylen Brown missed his fifth straight game and his 13th in the last 18 games on Friday night in Phoenix. 2021-12-11 00:18 3KB

Taste Test: Can Church’s New Chicken Sandwiches Topple Popeyes?

Church's has unveiled three new bacon-topped chicken sandwiches. They're good but how do they stack up to the GOAT? 2021-12-11 00:18 6KB

Wreath laying ceremony held for two cops killed in J-K's Bandipora

Wreath laying ceremony was held here on Friday evening for two police personnel Selection Grade Constable Mohd Sultan and Constable Fayaz Ahmad who were killed 2021-12-11 00:18 1KB

Chicago shooting: 2 men say they were shot while driving in Lakeview road rage incident

Two Chicago men are recovering after what they said was a road rage shooting in the city's Lakeview neighborhood near Southport and Addison. 2021-12-11 00:17 2KB

Jared Golden tells Democrats to favor workers, not millionaires in revised relief bill

The 2nd District Democrat calls for changes to Build Back Better bill to reduce tax cuts for the wealthy. 2021-12-11 00:16 6KB

What Is Being Done To Curb Violent Crime On The CTA? An Inside Look At The CPD Mass Transit Unit’s Efforts

There have been 576 violent crimes on the CTA this year, and just in the past week, CBS 2 has tracked shootings, stabbings, and beatings on CTA trains and buses and at stations. So what is being done to make Chicago’s public transit safer? 2021-12-11 00:16 4KB

‘Superstore’ creator lampoons the car industry in ‘American Auto’

Justin Spitzer wrote for “The Office” and created “Superstore” — so he knows a thing or two about workplace comedies as his new series, “American Auto,” … 2021-12-11 00:16 3KB

Virus rules return in U.K., with Johnson under fire over 2020 Christmas parties

The claims are the latest in a string of allegations of ethics violations by government officials. 2021-12-11 00:16 5KB

John Travolta’s Daughter Ella, 21, Reveals She’s Going Into Music & Teases 1st Single ‘Dizzy’

Ella Travolta says she's following in her father's musical footsteps, as she prepares to drop her first single 'Dizzy'. 2021-12-11 00:15 2KB

Snowstorm ends lengthy snow droughts, wreaks havoc on roadways

A snowstorm, the first of the season for many places, began moving across the western and central parts of the United States Thursday into Friday, ending multiple cities' major snow droughts. 2021-12-11 00:14 1KB

U.S. Consumer Prices See Steepest Jump In 40 Years; Even Economists Are Surprised

In a holiday hit that we’d all rather not hear about, the U.S. Department of Labor has announced that prices shot up almost 7 percent this year. 2021-12-11 00:13 3KB

The week in five lines

Here are the must-read lines from a top story each day this week. 2021-12-11 00:13 2KB

Joe Biden heads to late-night to fix what ails him

For the first time as president, Joe Biden is set to appear on late-night TV, with a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon's "The Tonight Show." 2021-12-11 00:12 2KB

Delta flight diverted due to unruly passenger

An unruly passenger forced a Delta flight traveling from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles to divert to Oklahoma City, according to police. 2021-12-11 00:12 871Bytes

Inflation rises at fastest rate since 1982

Consumer prices rose 6.8% in November compared to a year ago -- the biggest increase in 39 years. Carter Evans has more on how it's affecting Americans. 2021-12-11 00:11 895Bytes

Wild weather strikes central U.S.

There's snow in the Midwest, a tornado threat in the South and higher temperatures are expected in the East. CBS New York chief weathercaster Lonnie Quinn has the forecast. 2021-12-11 00:11 824Bytes

NC official denies race, gender played role in naming person to Durham board

Last August, the Durham Soil and Water Conservation Board unanimously nominated Phoebe Gooding, a local organic farmer with a master's degree in environmental studies, to serve with them. 2021-12-11 00:09 3KB

MTA seeing surge in NYC subway delays due to track trespassers

Subway delays caused by track trespassers spiked between October and November — spurring transit leaders to launch a task force aimed at keeping people from … 2021-12-11 00:09 2KB

Fountain Valley man convicted of murder in late-night ocean trip off Dana Point

Since the slaying was believed to have occurred in ocean waters, it became the rare murder case to be tried in federal court under maritime law. 2021-12-11 00:08 6KB

The Game Awards Returns With Glitz and an Industry Asserting Its Muscle

On Thursday night, the video game industry held its big awards event, which is quickly becoming as important — and as long — as certain other entertainment occasions. 2021-12-11 00:08 7KB

Minnesota Bank Manager John Askwith Has Black Man Who Tried to Cash Paycheck Handcuffed

"I was handcuffed.people were I'm a criminal or something," the man, Joe Morrow said of the incident. 2021-12-11 00:07 3KB

Google plays vaccine 'propaganda' to Android users who ask to hear a song

Android users who the "Hey Google " feature on their devices and ask to be sung a song are serenaded with music touting the benefits of … 2021-12-11 00:06 1KB

Jets shocked by Demaryius Thomas’ death: ‘Always positive energy’

Demaryius Thomas was a member of the Jets for just a short time, but he had a positive impact on a number of their younger … 2021-12-11 00:06 3KB

Better. com CEO to take leave of absence after Zoom layoff disaster Chief Executive Officer Vishal Garg is taking time off effective immediately, Vice reported on Friday, citing an email from the digital mortgage company’s board. … 2021-12-11 00:06 1KB

Hong Kong has kept out Covid, but exhausted and depressed pilots are paying the price

Before the pandemic, Hong Kong was an aviation hub attracting pilots from around the world. 2021-12-11 00:05 12KB

Mandatory composting coming to California in January will change how we dispose food

A mandatory composting law will be coming to California in January, creating an energy source from food waste. 2021-12-11 00:04 3KB

After ‘too much loss,’ Pritzker signs bill sending $250 million to anti-violence groups

Pritzker wants much of that money to be distributed by next spring and summer, when shootings typically increase in Chicago. 2021-12-11 00:04 3KB

Crash on I-295 sends teenager to hospital

A 15-year-old passenger of one car, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected when it rolled over in Portland. 2021-12-11 00:04 1KB

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

WASHINGTON (AP) — ABC’s “This Week” — To be announced. __ NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Secretary of State Antony Blinken. ___ CBS’ “Face the Nation" 2021-12-11 00:02 1KB

More than an attack ad: Outside group mails 12-page catalog bashing McCrory in US Senate race

In among the holiday cards and catalogs, some North Carolina found something unusual in the mail this week: a 12-page attack ad in the upcoming Republican primary for U.S. Senate. 2021-12-11 00:02 3KB

SUNY officials looking in-house to replace Cuomo-ally Malatras as chancellor

State University of New York officials are looking at in-house talent to replace James Malatras as chancellor after the Andrew Cuomo ally was forced … 2021-12-11 00:01 4KB

Guess Torani’s 2022 Syrup Flavor Of The Year For A Chance At A Free Bottle

Torani will reveal its first-ever Flavor of the Year for 2022 on Dec. 15, 2021, and you can guess what flavor the syrup is for a chance at a free bottle. 2021-12-11 00:00 2KB

On its final run, "The Expanse" serves a last supper for we who continue to for our humanity

The show signs off with a look at the senseless struggle between those who hate and those who simply want to live 2021-12-11 00:00 6KB

THROWBACK: 2019 Manila Bay rehabilitation

'Failon Ngayon' explains how human settlement and urbanization helped to pollute waterways connected to the Manila Bay. 2021-12-11 00:00 1015Bytes

Woman Allegedly Attempts to Set Gas Station Clerk on Fire: ‘I Just Want to Burn You Up’

Authorities charged  a Kentucky woman with attempted murder after she allegedly doused a store clerk with gasoline and tried to set the cashier ablaze Thursday. … 2021-12-10 23:56 2KB

Seahawks Rule Out Starting Tackle, 3 Other Players for Texans Game

The Seattle Seahawks take on the Houston Texans, but they will enter the game shorthanded. The team will be without a starting tackle and three other players. 2021-12-10 23:54 4KB

'Frozen' musical at Cadillac Palace Theater has a wardrobe as magical as its story

The "Frozen" musical, playing at Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theater, has a wardrobe as magical as its story, and a team to manage all the changes. 2021-12-10 23:54 2KB

Police: Student, 15, threatened violence at Bloomfield Hills High School

The Bloomfield Township Police Department received a tip about the threat at the high school on Thursday\u00a0through the state's\u00a0OK2SAY initiative. 2021-12-10 23:53 2KB

Scientists focus on COVID’s animal origins

Most believe the virus emerged in the wild and jumped from bats to humans, directly or through another animal. 2021-12-10 23:53 8KB

Two weeks away from Christmas, USPS is still looking for seasonal workers

The U.S. Postal Service and UPS are still looking for seasonal workers -- just two weeks away from Christmas Day. 2021-12-10 23:52 2KB

Alex Murdaugh, Convenience Store Sued by Boyfriend of Teen Killed in 2019 Boat Crash: They Turned a ‘Blind Eye Toward the Dangers’

Keith Anthony Cook has sued disgraced South Carolina legal scion Alex Murdaugh, claiming he could have prevented the 2019 boat crash that killed Mallory Beach. 2021-12-10 23:52 5KB

How To Get 25% Off M.A.C. Products At Nordstrom's Glam Up Days Sale

Nordstrom's beauty sale is here just in time for the holidays. Here's the scoop on how to score high-end buys from M.A.C., YSL Beauty, and more at a discount. 2021-12-10 23:51 825Bytes

GM venture picks Michigan for 3rd US-based EV battery plant

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors and a joint-venture partner plan to build an electric vehicle battery factory in Lansing, Michigan, their third such factory in the U.S. 2021-12-10 23:51 1KB

Snapshot NY: How Charles Dickens Changed The Narrative For Christmas With ‘A Christmas Carol’

While Dickens didn't create Christmas, he changed the narrative by popularizing empathy for those less fortunate and spending the time with family -- or what we know as the holiday spirit. 2021-12-10 23:50 3KB

RB David Montgomery: Quirky but dependable amid Bears’ turbulent season

Montgomery remains a pillar for the Bears, who have endured a steady stream of frustration this season. 2021-12-10 23:50 4KB

Charlotte County couple gets backlash for safety measures aimed at trespassers

Now, they're facing backlash for their safety measures because of a Facebook post. 2021-12-10 23:50 2KB

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Balanced Fund 16963.47 + .37 + 1.77 + 12.27 Corporate A-Rated Debt 2455.10 – .09 – 1.05 – .53 Emerging Markets 435.62 – .42 + 2.09 – 1.01 Equity Income Fund… 2021-12-10 23:49 1KB

Daily Illinois COVID-19 deaths up 46% since last week

COVID-19 deaths can be expected to keep rising because hospitals are treating the most coronavirus patients they’ve seen since late January. 2021-12-10 23:47 3KB

Heisman gets defensive with Hutchinson, Anderson in top 5

Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was one of three defensive players to finish in the top 10 in voting for the award. 2021-12-10 23:46 5KB

Salvation Army's Popularity Takes a Hit When Tied to Its Anti-Racism Campaign, Poll Finds

A recent survey by Rasmussen shows a decline in The Salvation Army's reputation since introducing its "Let's Talk About Racism" initiative. 2021-12-10 23:43 3KB

High Point police chief says department staff shortage could last three years: ‘The main goal is keeping our people’

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Chief Travis Stroud said a staffing shortage impacting the High Point Police Department could last years. “The main goal is keeping our people, if we didn’t staff anybody else my goal would be not to lose anyone else,” he said. Stroud explained there are currently 32 vacancies. Since August of […] 2021-12-10 23:43 3KB

Chicago man gets seven years in prison for drug-overdose death of man he met in rehab

Christopher Paulus’s guilty plea and sentence came after Joshua Bloomfield’s mother persuaded the Chicago police to investigate her son’s death as a drug-induced homicide. 2021-12-10 23:42 3KB

New Jersey Company Helps Fit Dozens Of Residents In Need With Free Hearing Aids

A new pair of hearing aids can cost upwards of $7,000 without insurance. 2021-12-10 23:42 2KB

Rights Champion: Biden Sending U.S. to Play in ‘Genocide Games’ ‘Pathetic’

Human rights champion and China expert Reggie Littlejohn has condemned President Joe Biden for sending athletes to compete in the 2022 Beijing Olympics as “pathetic” … 2021-12-10 23:41 4KB

1,900-yr-old skeleton proof of Roman crucifixions - UK archaeologists

While experts previously had some knowledge of the use of crucifixion by ancient civilizations, this is 'the first tangible evidence to actually see how it … 2021-12-10 23:41 759Bytes

Fans Slam Luann de Lesseps for Recording a Rap Song

Why fans are unhappy with Luann de Lesseps. 2021-12-10 23:41 4KB

UN envoy: Sudan’s military must rebuild trust with opponents

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Sudan’s military must rebuild trust with the opposition, especially the young generation who feel betrayed by its seizure of power in an… 2021-12-10 23:41 5KB

Boston says it accidentally overstated number of workers on leave under coronavirus vaccine mandate

The city of Boston announced Friday that it actually placed about 35 times fewer people on leave under its vaccine mandate during its first week than the first daily number it gave. 2021-12-10 23:40 2KB

Squatters busted at empty multi-million dollar Manhattan townhouse

Three squatters were busted Friday inside an empty multi-million dollar Manhattan townhouse owned by a designer to the stars. Cops raided the Upper East Side … 2021-12-10 23:40 2KB

Still-viable Vikings can’t escape late-game stress

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After yet another harrowing finish, head coach Mike Zimmer didn't attempt to downplay his exasperation with the way the Minnesota Vikings… 2021-12-10 23:40 6KB

24 Indicted in Georgia Case That Feds Call Modern-Day Slavery With Over 100 Migrants Freed

Police broke up a criminal enterprise that made $200 million by abusing the H-2A visa program that brought migrant workers into the U.S. 2021-12-10 23:40 3KB

Dennis Dechaine seeks advanced DNA testing in 1988 Maine murder

Dechaine was convicted in Knox County Superior Court in 1989 for the brutal murder of 12-year-old Sarah Cherry in Bowdoin. 2021-12-10 23:37 4KB

Amy Schumer and Marcus Lemonis leave $30K tip at NYC’s Comedy Cellar

Amy Schumer and Marcus Lemonis left a $30,000 tip at Manhattan's Comedy Cellar as part of Lemonis "The Great American Tip Off." 2021-12-10 23:37 2KB

Neighbors On Coney Island Rally Against Citywide Spike In Hate Crimes After Recent Attack On Gay Man

A 37-year old victim spoke up about his nightmarish experience while doing a good deed. He says he was feeding the homeless when he was robbed and assaulted by two suspects whom he was helping. 2021-12-10 23:35 2KB

Transfer Talk: Barcelona willing to move Frenkie de Jong, Marc-Andre ter Stegen to help balance books

With money tight at Barcelona, Frenkie de Jong and Marc-Andre ter Stegen could make way to ease the club's burden. Transfer Talk has the latest. 2021-12-10 23:35 4KB

Senate committee presses Metro for updates on 7000-series derailment investigation

Four senators have penned a letter to Metro’s general manager requesting updates on where the investigations into an issue with 7000-series rail cars that caused a train to derail in October currently stand. 2021-12-10 23:33 3KB

Oklahoma Guard admits vaccine refusal could end military careers

The head of the Oklahoma National Guard on Thursday acknowledged current law provides little cover for service members who refuse the Pentagon’s COVID-19 vaccine … 2021-12-10 23:32 3KB

'Titane' Filmmaker Julia Ducournau on How This Was The Hardest Script She Has Ever Written

Variety's Awards Circuit Podcast: "Titane" filmmaker Julia Ducournau on winning the Palme d'Or. Also: The Awards Circuit Roundtable. 2021-12-10 23:30 671Bytes

This week on "Face the Nation," December 12, 2021: Sununu, Murphy, Hill, Gottlieb, de Oliveira, El-Erian

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy appear on "Face the Nation" Sunday. 2021-12-10 23:30 1KB

Stream It Or Skip It: ‘How To Ruin Christmas: The Funeral’ On Netflix, Where Tumi Sello’s Family Drama Sets Off More Holiday Fireworks

Last year, the South African series  How To Ruin Christmas was a sleeper hit for Netflix because it was a traditional “crazy family at the … 2021-12-10 23:30 5KB

San Franciso students walk out to protest handling of sexual misconduct

Several hundred high school students from across The City walked out of class Friday, gathering at City Hall and district headquarters to demand changes in … 2021-12-10 23:30 5KB

Power outages possible Saturday as high winds reach southeast Michigan

A high wind warning is in effect from 10 a.m.\u00a0until 7 p.m. Saturday for\u00a0Huron, Tuscola and Sanilac counties in the state's Thumb region. 2021-12-10 23:29 3KB

Here Are The 10 Most-Viewed Korean Series On Netflix In 2021

With hits like 'Squid Game' and 'Hellbound', Netflix rode the K-Wave and subscribers couldn't get enough. Here are the 10 most-viewed Korean series of 2021 according to TV Time. 2021-12-10 23:28 3KB

Despite Austria’s virus surge, Salzburg Festival announces a program for next summer.

Austria went into lockdown recently to counter a record number of coronavirus cases. But in Salzburg, where the surge has been sharp, there are plans … 2021-12-10 23:27 1KB

Battle of the ‘outsiders:’ Lydia Edwards and Anthony D’Ambrosio face off in state Senate election Tuesday

Both Lydia Edwards, 41, and Anthony D’Ambrosio, 25, like to paint themselves as outsiders in the special state Senate election Tuesday: Boston City Councillor Edwards, the Black daughter of a working-class single mother, and Revere School Committee member D’Ambrosio, the child of Italian immigrants without a rolodex of Beacon Hill endorsements. 2021-12-10 23:26 3KB

9-year-old struck near DC school, Bowser orders road closure

A 9-year-old boy was taken to the hospital in D.C. Friday after being struck while leaving school, and Mayor Muriel Bowser has order the city’s department of transportation to close the road while new traffic cameras are installed. 2021-12-10 23:26 3KB

Hochul’s latest, hysteria-driven mandate is a betrayal of her oath of office

Gov. Kathy Hochul seems determined to be every bit the dictator the last guy was, with a new order requiring universal indoor masking in “public … 2021-12-10 23:26 3KB

Boston Public Schools dragging its feet on Herald records request

A Herald public records request that was filed five months ago and won an appeal with the office of the Secretary of State still has not been handed over by Boston Public Schools as it continues to drag its feet in a lack of transparency. 2021-12-10 23:25 4KB

Waterbury cheer team wins nationals

WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - They cheered their way to the top. 2021-12-10 23:25 2KB

30 of the best gifts for kids of every age, from STEM sets to outdoor toys

We rounded up 30 great gift ideas for kids of all ages, from hot new toys to classic favorites. These are the best gifts for … 2021-12-10 23:25 15KB

Dems who whined over infrastructure costs are silent on defense spending bill

Conservative Democrats who have pushed back on what they saw as excessive spending in the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better plan had 2021-12-10 23:25 3KB

Who wants to be a governor appointee?

There are dozens of seats open to members of the public at any given time on boards overseeing everything from cannabis control to sex offender management — and 164 vacancies on state boards … 2021-12-10 23:24 7KB

'The Power Of The Dog' Ending, Explained

Jane Campion's new Netflix film ends tragically for Phil, the character played by Benedict Cumberbatch. 2021-12-10 23:24 3KB

Canada threatens trade war over Biden’s $12,500 union-made electric vehicle tax credit

The Canadian government is threatening a trade war against the U.S. if President Biden’s mammoth social welfare and climate bill includes a lucrative tax … 2021-12-10 23:24 3KB

Family was in car with toddlers during San Francisco smash-and-grab at Lombard Street

Visitors from Chicago said the window was broken in their minivan and a bag stolen while they were in the vehicle on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. … 2021-12-10 23:23 3KB

Madonna, 63, Faces Backlash Over Steamy Bedroom Photo As She’s Compared To Nancy Reagan At 64

A conservative YouTuber asks social media users: do you want to be trashy like Madonna or classy like Nancy Reagan? 2021-12-10 23:23 1KB

7 On Your Side: Actors say when it came time to pay, reality show ghosted them

A former couple says they were hired by a reality show to mediate a dispute, but when it came time to get paid, they say the show ghosted them. 2021-12-10 23:23 2KB

FAA Finds No ‘Specific Safety Issues’ In Blue Origin Investigation

The FAA launched a review into Jeff Bezos’ human spaceflight company after former and current employees alleged the company prioritized speed and cost reduction over quality in their quest to win the billionaire space race. 2021-12-10 23:22 2KB

Florida DE Zach Carter opts out of Gasparilla Bowl vs UCF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida defensive end Zach Carter is opting out of the team’s bowl game to begin preparing for the NFL draft. 2021-12-10 23:22 2KB

Freeport ski couple star in Warren Miller winter-sports hype movie

See Amy and Phil Taisey, owners of Amalgam Skis, in 'Winter Starts Now' at the State Theatre on Saturday. 2021-12-10 23:21 6KB

CPD Threatens To Shut Down Millennium Park If Chaos Breaks Out This Weekend

"It doesn't make it any better when the police don't know how to interact with our youth." 2021-12-10 23:21 2KB

CUNY law students warring with faculty members over anti-Israel resolution

It’s an escalating war of words over Israel at the City University of New York. The student government of CUNY’s law school passed a resolution … 2021-12-10 23:19 3KB

Body pulled out of Lake Michigan near Edgewater Beach

Just after 1 p.m., the marine units responded to a call of a person in the water near the 5400 block of North Lake Shore Drive. 2021-12-10 23:18 1KB

UNC-Chapel Hill filled a top job Thursday. Did the vote violate state law?

One lawyer calls the board's vote to hire a new provost a "rather plain" violation of the state's open meetings act. 2021-12-10 23:18 4KB

OPINIÓN| Lo que está en juego en las elecciones en Chile

Nota del editor: Erika Guevara Rosas es abogada de derechos humanos y directora para las Américas de Amnistía Internacional, donde dirige todas las operaciones… 2021-12-10 23:17 5KB

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm tours Fermilab to highlight clean energy programs

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm toured Fermilab in Batavia to highlight clean energy programs helping battle climate change. 2021-12-10 23:17 2KB

Six stunning seaside selfie spots to shoot your holiday cards

What better way to make your relatives jealous than to snap your family holiday photo by the beach? 2021-12-10 23:17 5KB

Australia: PM Steps In as Officials Bicker over Vaccine Mandate for Tennis Star Novak Djokovic

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison affirmed in remarks on Thursday that tennis star Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world, will have to … 2021-12-10 23:16 7KB

Rhonda Stubbins White, Actress in ‘Days of Our Lives,’ Dies at 60

Actress Rhonda Stubbins White, known for her roles in television shows like "Days of Our Lives," "ER" and "The West Wing," has died. She was 60. 2021-12-10 23:16 2KB

Trans Performer Isis King Is Grateful to Play a 'Happy Character With No Trauma’ on 'With Love'

Gloria Calderón Kellet, Isis King and Emeraude Toubia spoke to Variety at Amazon's 'With Love' premiere. 2021-12-10 23:15 4KB

Key Raiders Playmaker Ruled out Ahead of Matchup With Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs won't have to worry about dealing with Darren Waller in Week 14, as the playmaking tight end was ruled out for the Las Vegas Raiders. 2021-12-10 23:15 4KB

How to Watch ‘Being the Ricardos': When Is Aaron Sorkin’s Lucille Ball Movie Streaming?

Nicole Kidman stars as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem plays Desi Arnaz in writer-director Aaron Sorkin's biographical film Being the Ricardos. 2021-12-10 23:15 2KB

From local markets to the metaverse – takeaways from the biggest retail show in the U.S.

From new technology to the biggest innovations in dining, here are some trends that retailers and commercial realtors are looking out for. 2021-12-10 23:14 8KB

House committee debates antisemitism as Islamophobia monitor bill moves forward

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who is Jewish, noted the pivotal role a letter from George Washington to a community of Jews in Rhode Island … 2021-12-10 23:14 832Bytes

New Surgeon General Report Shows Increase In Attempted Suicide In Teens; Legislators And Doctors Address Mental Health Care

COVID-19 is only one of the concerns for teenagers. A new Surgeon General's report shows attempted suicides among teens have skyrocketed. 2021-12-10 23:14 3KB

Lightfoot gets $1M emergency contracting authority after agreeing to one-year sunset

Two days after an avalanche of opposition stalled the mayor’s ordinance, the City Council’s Budget Committee approved it by a vote of 19 to 3. 2021-12-10 23:14 5KB

Here's what Iowans can expect for the first snowstorm of the season

The snowstorm is expected to impact travel conditions Friday evening and\u00a0Friday night as areas of blowing snow could reduce visibility. 2021-12-10 23:14 1KB

Raiders QB Listed as a Top Trade Option This Offseason, per Analyst

The Las Vegas Raiders will be in for some major changes this offseason. 2021-12-10 23:13 4KB

Bridgeport Woman Says She Was Carjacked By Same Crew That Struck Again Minutes Later A Block Away And Was Caught On Video

Video this week showed a woman being carjacked in broad daylight on a residential block in Bridgeport, and now another victim has reached out to us because of it. 2021-12-10 23:13 3KB

Bitcoin mining has totally recovered from Chinese ban

Bitcoin mining has totally recovered from the Chinese crypto crackdown that took more than half the world's miners offline earlier this year. 2021-12-10 23:13 6KB

Florida couple ‘being intimate’ breaks bar’s bathroom sink

The couple had already been booted from the bathroom once. 2021-12-10 23:12 1KB

Stillwater: Search for city administrator narrows

A total of 23 applicants — 18 of them from Minnesota — applied to be city administrator in Stillwater. Based on experience and education, 14 were selected as semi-finalists to fill the top spot, sa… 2021-12-10 23:11 1KB

‘West Side Story’ Costume Designer Paul Tazewell Describes How Re-Imagined Film Uses ‘Storytelling Through Clothing’

Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film is a fresh new look at a beloved classic, hoping to attract a new generation of fans. 2021-12-10 23:11 3KB

N.C.A.A. Follows Familiar Pattern in Punishment for Auburn

In a case of corruption in men’s basketball, the N.C.A.A. largely accepted penalties Auburn imposed on itself after a former assistant coach funneled money to players. 2021-12-10 23:09 4KB

GOP lawmakers oppose changes to MN sentencing guidelines

State Republican lawmakers criticized a possible change in state sentencing guidelines that might reduce prison time for some felons. 2021-12-10 23:09 4KB

‘Pebbles’ Director P.S. Vinothraj on Why He Asked the Film Crew Not to Wear Shoes (Video)

TheWrap Screening Series: The film is India's official entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 94th Academy Awards 2021-12-10 23:09 2KB

Sexy ‘pottery girl’ goes viral on TikTok for her wet ceramic sessions

License to kiln. A 21-year-old hailing from Melbourne, Australia, has found a new passion during the coronavirus pandemic. Silk Castellas-Cartwright has earned … 2021-12-10 23:08 2KB

Kristien Butler to be new director of St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity

Mayor Melvin Carter has named Kristien Butler as the new director of St. Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity Friday. “The work of our Department of Human Rights and Equ… 2021-12-10 23:08 2KB

USWNT's Megan Rapinoe among unprotected stars in NWSL expansion draft

U.S. national team stars Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Kelley O'Hara were left unprotected in the upcoming NWSL expansion draft. 2021-12-10 23:07 2KB

Stillwater riverwalk won’t go between Dock Cafe and St. Croix River

Stillwater officials are moving forward with the construction of a riverbank stabilization project and a riverwalk south of downtown along the shores of the St. Croix River. 2021-12-10 23:07 1KB

Darlene Hard, Strong-Willed Tennis Star Before Pro Era, Dies at 85

Hard, who was outspoken and independent minded, was the top-ranked American woman from 1960 to 1963. 2021-12-10 23:06 5KB

WTOP’s Beer of the Week: Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA 2021

WTOP’s Brennan Haselton is joined by Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beer Director and Food and Wine Sommelier of the Year Greg Engert to talk about Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA for the 10th anniversary edition of WTOP’s Beer of the Week. 2021-12-10 23:06 1KB

Inside the Fall of Kabul

Against all predictions, the Taliban took the Afghan capital in a matter of hours. This is the story of why and what came after, by a reporter and photographer who witnessed it all. 2021-12-10 23:05 118KB

Nobel Peace laureates blast tech giants and warn against rising authoritarianism

This year's Nobel Peace Prize recipients — two investigative journalists from the Philippines and Russia — used their acceptance speeches today to criticize social … 2021-12-10 23:05 3KB

The 1918 influenza pandemic: A timeline of events

The 1918 influenza pandemic infected 500 million people and is known as the mother of all pandemics. See below a timeline of how the pandemic unraveled. 2021-12-10 23:04 805Bytes

This isn’t the first time Torrance Police Department has been accused of widespread racism

A U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit filed against Torrance Police in the 1990s uncovered claims that officers routinely used racial slurs and even had code phrases for when they saw Black people in the city. 2021-12-10 23:03 5KB

Nevada Boxing Panel Considers Involvement in Amateur Events After Death of Nathan Valencia

Nathan Valencia, 20, collapsed soon after the off-campus match and was transported to a hospital. He died four days later. 2021-12-10 23:03 3KB

Hailey Baldwin Reveals Her Bachelorette Party Before Justin Bieber Wedding Was ‘Kinky’

Hailey Baldwin revealed things got a little 'kinky' with her girlfriends before she walked down the aisle with Justin Bieber. 2021-12-10 23:02 3KB

Plants and Answers Big Green House in Greensboro has everything you need to bring a room to life

GREENSBORO, N.C. (WGHP) – Plants add color, comfort, and can brighten a room. This time of year, poinsettias are popular. “The greenhouse is exceptionally beautiful this time of year with all the poinsettias. We probably have 30 different varieties,” said Larry Richardson, owner of Plants and Answers Big Greenhouse. The plant selection is endless at […] 2021-12-10 23:01 3KB

Under Picnic Table Were Mountain Lion Kittens

Two mountain lion kittens that survived after a litter of four was found under a picnic table are being cared for at a Southern California veterinary hospital, officials said. 2021-12-10 23:00 1KB

‘Moby Doc’ Is Self-Consciously Quirky Chronicle Of EDM’s First Rock Star And His Ill-Fated Pursuit Of Happiness

At the turn of the millennium, Moby was everywhere at once, on every guest list, playing every awards show, his music emanating out of every … 2021-12-10 23:00 5KB

Get Paid $1K To Drink Hot Chocolate This Winter

Lifestyle platform posted a job for a Hot Chocolate Tester on Dec. 3. You could make $1,000 if you apply and get the holiday 2021 side hustle. 2021-12-10 23:00 2KB

Former East High School principal did not send racist text messages, Des Moines police say

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Despite a steely performance, Sandra Bullock's dreary film of life after prison is "Unforgivable"

Adapted from a British miniseries, the Netflix drama follows a woman who killed a cop & is released 20 years later 2021-12-10 23:00 6KB

CPD sergeant’s year-long battle with COVID-19 brightens with ‘Copa Carnivale’ celebration led by sister Susana Mendoza

Chicago Police Sgt. Joaquin Mendoza thought he wasn’t going to live to see his 57th birthday after he spent more than 2 months in the hospital. But he not only survived but was the toast of honor at a party last month in the West Loop emceed by the Illinois state comptroller. 2021-12-10 22:59 5KB

Iowa man on probation for sexually abusing one of his 13 grandchildren faces charges of molesting another

A 65-year-old\u00a0Iowa man who won a $100,000 lottery prize after pleading guilty to molesting his granddaughter now faces new charges of sexual abuse. 2021-12-10 22:59 5KB

Anti-vaxxers are even more wound up than anti-taxers

Not only did Rep. Jonathan Carroll’s bill to cut off COVID-related health insurance benefits for the unvaccinated predictably stir up a rabble, he rewarded threats of violence with a win. 2021-12-10 22:58 5KB

The Log4j vulnerability is bad. Here’s the good news

The Apache Log4j vulnerability came to light quickly, which should help with the security response, cybersecurity executives said. 2021-12-10 22:56 5KB

Chilean Jews support this right-wing presidential candidate, his father was likely a Nazi

Documents obtained by the AP suggest that the late Michael Kast joined the Nazi party in 1942, when he was 18. … 2021-12-10 22:56 718Bytes

Surging inflation forces businesses to adapt

Prices for U.S. consumers jumped 6.8% in November compared with a year earlier as surging costs for food, energy, housing and other items … 2021-12-10 22:56 814Bytes

G.M.’s electric vehicle efforts reportedly include a bigger presence in Michigan.

The company will make electric pickups at an existing plant and batteries at a factory built with a partner, a person with knowledge of the plan said. 2021-12-10 22:56 4KB

Recognize these San Fernando Valley sites? Enjoy these glimpses of some ‘Licorice Pizza’ locations

Some of them haven’t changed over the years — and some needed to be recreated because they simply aren’t the same any more. 2021-12-10 22:56 3KB

Biden says hard work ahead to bolster democracies

President Joe Biden on Friday wrapped up his two-day democracy summit, an event that was more about starting a global conversation about how best to halt backsliding than producing immediate results or . 2021-12-10 22:55 6KB

NYC Councilwomen blast ‘boys club’ interference in speaker’s race amid Team Adams push for Francisco Moya

“We know many of you are frustrated by the way the Speaker’s race is going. We know many want a process where we are empowered — not bullied or intimidated,” says a letter issued by five progressive City Council newcomers. 2021-12-10 22:54 4KB

Millions likely to see strong nocturnal tornadoes or thunderstorms this weekend

Tornadoes that occur overnight are more than twice as likely to kill a person than one that happens during the day, scientists found. 2021-12-10 22:54 3KB

Company Faces Almost $400,000 Fine For Knowingly Exposing Employees to Arsenic

U.S. Minerals has to pay $393,200 and be under probation after ignoring years of warnings against exposing employees to arsenic. 2021-12-10 22:54 3KB

Newzoo: Japanese gamers prefer single-player games over multiplayer

Japanese gamers, who make up a huge percentage of the gaming population, have somewhat different tastes than those elsewhere in the world, according to findings by research firm Newzoo. 2021-12-10 22:53 3KB

FACT CHECK: Does This Video Show The Helicopter Crash That Killed India’s Military Chief Bipin Rawat?

The video dates back to 2020 2021-12-10 22:52 2KB

Britney Spears Dances To Lenny Kravitz In A Neon Yellow Crop Top & Short Shorts — Watch

Britney Spears danced to Lenny Kravitz in a crop top and shorts. 2021-12-10 22:52 2KB

5 Ways To Soothe Tattoo Pain, According To Experts

Here's what you can do to find tattoo pain relief, according to experts. 2021-12-10 22:51 5KB

Donations needed for record number of Holiday Hope registrants

About 50 families who registered for the program don’t have sponsors, said Jennifer Kmecik, the nonprofit organization’s community engagement director 2021-12-10 22:51 1KB

Former Fairfax Co. music teacher charged with aggravated sexual battery

A former Fairfax County, Virginia, music teacher, who gave private music lessons out of his house has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual battery. 2021-12-10 22:51 1KB

Pentagon Looking at Booster Mandate for Military, Over 96 Percent Have At Least 1 Shot

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that talks are have begun regarding the mandate, but no final decisions have been made. 2021-12-10 22:50 3KB

GM eyeing $2.5B investment for new battery cell plant in Lansing area

Automaker and partner LG Energy Solution are seeking incentives from the city and state to develop a cell facility near GM's Delta Township plant. 2021-12-10 22:50 11KB

Wait, Tom Holland Is in a Spider-Man Group Chat With Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire?!

Tom Holland revealed that he's in a Spider-Man group chat with Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire on WhatsApp. 2021-12-10 22:50 3KB

S&P closes out best week since February

The index rises 44.57 points to 4,712.02, a new high. 2021-12-10 22:49 5KB

Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Cinematographer on ‘Rust’ Set After Prop Gun Misfire: Everything to Know

Halyna Hutchins was killed after being shot by a prop gun on the set of Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' — details on the incident 2021-12-10 22:49 3KB

16-Year-Old Make-A-Wish Recipient Uses Wish To Help Other Young Patients At Hackensack Meridian Children’s Hospital

Mason Rockmore was granted a wish from Make-A-Wish New Jersey. Many kids choose a gift or to take a trip, but not Mason. 2021-12-10 22:49 2KB

New Ravenswood sculpture doubles as pollinator, bringing eco-diversity to a manufacturing hub

The "Pollinator Habitat" was one of four sculptures commissioned for the new sculpture garden in Ravenswood’s industrial corridor. 2021-12-10 22:49 3KB

Social spending plan will help ease pain from record-breaking inflation: White House

President Joe Biden has weighed in on the Department of Labor report out Friday that shows the consumer price index, which measures the prices consumers … 2021-12-10 22:48 5KB

Exceso de velocidad habría causado el accidente en Chiapas, según autoridades

(CNN Español) — El exceso de velocidad fue la causa principal del accidente registrado el jueves en Chiapas, México, en el que murieron al menos 55 personas… 2021-12-10 22:47 1KB

New York Times says Rubio's questions on 'withholding' information about Uyghur genocide 'reckless and wrong'

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How well prepared is India to detect the spread of Omicron?

India failed to map the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus through genome sequencing in early 2021, contributing to an explosion of cases in the summer that resulted in a deadly second wave of the pandemic. Now, almost a year later, a new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, has entered the country. First detected in South Africa and Botswana, it is believed to be even more transmissible than Delta. Fortunately, there is a simpler way to track Omicron’s spread: the S-gene target failure test. The S-gene target failure test is basically a version of the RT-PCR, the gold standard laboratory test used for Covid-19 detection, which amplifies the RNA in a virus to detect its genetic material. When the test detects the presence of other genes of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, but not the S-gene, it is considered indicative of Omicron infection. (More on the science later.) Since many countries lack genome sequencing infrastructure to test all Covid-19 samples, on November 27, the World Health Organisation recommended the use of the S-gene target failure test as a proxy method to detect suspected Omicron cases, which can be confirmed through genome sequencing. In India, the Central government passed on the WHO’s recommendation to state governments through a letter sent on December 3. While some states like Tamil Nadu, Maharashatra and Gujarat have begun purchasing S-gene target failure test kits, others like Uttar Pradesh are yet to do so. One bottleneck that governments could face in the future: only one company worldwide has been recommended by the WHO as a supplier of the S-gene target failure kit. Currently, Omicron has been found in 57 countries. So far, India has detected 32 cases. If the spread intensifies and global demand for the S-gene kits rises, how well placed is India to access them? All RT-PCR test kits confirm the presence of Covid-19 infection but most cannot detect which variant the person is infected with. However, mutations in spike proteins unique to the Omicron make it possible to detect it through the S-gene target failure RT-PCR test. An RT-PCR testing kit amplifies the RNA in a virus to detect its genetic material. The Sars-CoV-2 virus has several genes: the ORF1a, ORF1b, M-gene, N-gene, S-gene and others. Testing kits usually target two or more of these genes to identify them and confirm if a sample is Covid-19 positive. The Omicron variant has over 30 mutations in the spike proteins that bind the virus to the host cell, which includes the deletion of two amino acids H69 and V70. Because of this, the S-gene in the virus cannot be detected through RT-PCR testing. The Taqpath RT-PCR kit, made by Thermo Fisher Scientific, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in the United States, looks for the ORF1a/b, N- and S-gene in a sample. It is the only RT-PCR kit targeting the S-gene that has been approved by the WHO. When the Taqpath kit is able to detect ORF1 a/b and N-gene but fails to detect S-gene, that is an indication that the virus may be an Omicron variant. This has to be further confirmed through genome sequencing. The only other variant with a similar mutation which leads to the S-gene not being detected, is Alpha, also called B.1.1.7. Its circulation is low in India. Apart from the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa, and other health organisations have noted that using S-gene target failure test can enable faster identification of Omicron cases, particularly in places where genome sequencing capacity is low. In India, scientists and laboratory staff agree with this assessment. “The S-gene target failure testing kits make it easier to screen suspected Omicron cases, isolate them and prioritise them for genome sequencing,” said Dr Prashant Thakare, the head of the government molecular diagnostic laboratory in Amravati, Maharashtra. Thermo Fisher Scientific, manufacturer of the S-gene target failure RT-PCR kit, can manufacture 25 million Taqpath RT-PCR assays, or test kits, per week globally, a spokesperson from the pharmaceutical company said. “The investments we’ve made since the start of the pandemic enables us to scale our capacity to meet assay demand and enable healthcare bodies to effectively manage the spread of the variant in the country,” Amit Chopra, managing director of the company in India and South Asia, told Scroll. in. In India, 1,982 labs are authorised to conduct RT-PCR tests. Thermo Fisher executives claimed over 800 labs are using their kits for Covid-19 testing. While state officials in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat confirmed that their labs had placed orders for the S-gene target failure kits from Thermo Fisher, in Uttar Pradesh, the state government is yet to issue a circular to labs to purchase these kits. “We have not purchased the S-gene target failure kits for this purpose yet,” said Dr Gopal Nath, head of the microbiology laboratory in the Banaras Hindu University. Several private laboratories, too, have started purchasing the S-gene target failure kits from Thermo Fisher, but the exact quantities are not known. Sachin Salve, vice president in Thyrocare, said their laboratory has switched to using the S-gene target failure test for testing samples of all international passengers. “We ask for the purpose of the test. If it is a sample of an international passenger or close contact, we process it through the Taqpath kit,” he said. Salve added that so far the supply of kits remains smooth. “But these are early days. Let’s see how Omicron spreads globally and how demand for this kit rises,” he said. Other private labs remain cautious about placing bulk orders with Thermo Fisher – at roughly Rs 200 per kit, the price of the S-gene target failure RT-PCR kit is much higher than other RT-PCR kits. Since the prices of RT-PCR tests are currently capped by state governments between Rs 400 and Rs 900, labs prefer buying cheaper kits to keep their costs low. “We are placing an order for more kits, but not a large order since we don’t know the future demand,” said Dr Anupa Dixit, chief scientist at Suburban Diagnostics, a private company based in Mumbai with labs in Maharashtra, Goa and Madhya Pradesh. “We are hoping Thermo Fisher will reduce the rates.” Sushant Kinra, CEO of Suburban Diagnostics, however, said the company’s labs are using the S-gene target failure test for all samples. “This will help screen suspected cases faster,” he said. Dr Anurag Agrawal, director of CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, said the rising demand for S-gene target failure tests will spark interest among other manufacturers, hopefully creating more production capacity for it. Till then, he said laboratories must judiciously use the S-gene target failure kits for international air travellers and contacts of suspected Omicron cases, and not for every local sample, he said. India is currently testing 10-12 lakh samples a day, down from 60-80 lakh a day conducted in October and November. While the S-gene dropout tests serve as a marker for Omicron, there are limitations to it – new evidence suggests it might not be able to detect Omicron sub-lineage BA.2. Omicron, also called B.1.1.529, has evolved into at least two lineages, BA.1, which closely resembles the parent variant, and BA.2, which has further mutations. S-gene target failure tests can confirm Covid-19 infection in a person with BA.2 variant, but the mutations in BA.2 makes it impossible to detect an S-gene drop out, according to a report in The Guardian. Agrawal, head of CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, said that since the S-gene dropout test does not work on identifying BA.2, “genome sequencing is the only confirmatory way to detect Omicron”. Dr Rajesh Pandey, a scientist at the same institution, said since Omicron is a new variant, intensive sequencing is required in the initial weeks to track its spread. “Scientifically speaking, we sequence to assess how a variant is spreading in a region. Once it becomes widespread or a dominant variant, then sequencing will not provide any new information,” he said. “It is now that we need to sequence well.” But sequencing numbers in India continue to be low. In January 2020, the health ministry established a network of 10 laboratories called the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia, or INSACOG, which sequenced 45,000 samples in the first six months. Almost a year later, the network has grown to 28 laboratories, with 29,495 samples sequenced in two months between October 4 till December 4. Overall, the scale of genome sequencing remains inadequate for a country the size of India: just 1.26 lakh samples have been sequenced so far. However, the scale is likely to pick up – on December 1, the Centre has asked all states to send all Covid-19 positive samples to INSACOG laboratories for Omicron screening. This week, India has reported an average of 8,000-10,000 Covid-19 cases everyday. But genome sequencing is a time-consuming process. Even if all Covid-19 samples are eventually sequenced in India, the S-gene target failure test still remains the fastest way to screen for Omicron cases, experts said. This reporting was supported by a grant from the Thakur Family Foundation. Thakur Family Foundation has not exercised any editorial control over the contents of this article.
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Prosecution Rests In Sex-Abuse Trial Of Ghislaine Maxwell

— Prosecutors completed presenting their case against Ghislaine Maxwell on Friday, after a key accuser at the British socialite’s sex-abuse trial testified that Maxwell and her companion, Jeffrey Epstein, forced themselves on her when she was just 16. Annie Farmer told jurors she accepted an invitation to the financier’s sprawling New Mexico ranch in 1996 hoping that Maxwell and Epstein would help her with academic endeavors. Instead, she said, Maxwell ended up massaging her breasts and Epstein climbed into bed without her permission. Three others have asserted at the trial that began two weeks ago that Maxwell recruited them to give Epstein massages meant as a ruse for sexual abuse. Maxwell, 59, has denied charges she groomed underage girls for Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019. Her lawyers say the government is making her a scapegoat for alleged sex crimes committed by her onetime boyfriend and moved immediately for a judgment of acquittal after prosecutors rested Friday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan heard brief arguments and rejected the request that she acquit Maxwell without the jury ever getting the case. The judge told the jury they will return Thursday to hear the defense case, which an attorney estimated would likely last two to three days. The judge has suggested that closing arguments — at a trial originally projected to last six weeks — might occur as early as Dec. 20 if the defense presentation next week only lasts a day or two. In her testimony, Farmer recalled the unwanted physical contact making her feel like she “just wanted the weekend to be over.… I wanted to be done with it.” She added: “All these experiences made me feel like they had a very different interest in me.” Asked by a prosecutor at the start of her testimony if she saw anyone in the courtroom who had ever given her a massage, Farmer identified Maxwell, who was sitting at the defense table looking at Farmer. Farmer, now 42, took the stand using her true identity — a departure from the decision by three other accusers with similar stories who testified under pseudonyms or first names only to protect their privacy. Two of the others who testified said they were just 14 when the abuse started and that Maxwell sometimes participated in the encounters. Farmer testified that she met Epstein at age 16 on a 1996 trip to New York City to visit her older sister, who was working for him at his Manhattan mansion. When they visited him at the home, he “seemed very friendly and down to earth,” and even offered to mentor her, she said. She said that during an outing to the movies with Epstein, he reached over to hold her hand and caress her leg. “I felt sick to my stomach,” she said. “It was not something I was expecting at all.” When Farmer returned home, she stayed in touch with the wealthy financier and accepted an invitation to travel to New Mexico with a plane ticket he paid for even though, she said, “after what happened in the movie theater, I didn’t want to be alone with him.” She said she initially felt more comfortable because Maxwell was there. But when they took her to the movies, he “right away began to hold my hand” and rub her foot and arm throughout the film with no effort to hide the behavior from Maxwell, she said. Once home, Maxwell insisted on giving Farmer a massage and told her to take off her clothes, Farmer testified. Maxwell “pulled down the sheet and exposed my breasts and starting rubbing on my breasts,” Farmer said. “It didn’t make sense to me that would happen,” she said. “I so badly wanted to get off the table and have the massage be done.” Farmer accepted $1.5 million from a fund set up to compensate Epstein victims, she testified. The encounters occurred in New Mexico, which did not have a specific age of consent statute, although its laws criminalized all sexual contact of a minor under the age of 13 when coercion or force is involved. On cross examination, a defense lawyer repeatedly emphasized through her questions that Maxwell was not involved in the most egregious behavior described by Farmer and elicited that Farmer was not sure she was naked during her massage, although she was certain that her breasts were exposed. Prosecutors also called Farmer’s former boyfriend and her mother as witnesses to support her testimony. David James Mulligan, 42, testified that Farmer told him that she was “touched on the breast” when she was massaged in New Mexico. “She told me that she felt fearful and awkward and helpless,” he said. Janice Swain, 71, Farmer’s mother, testified that Epstein told her before the New Mexico trip that her daughter would be joined by 20 to 25 other students there. Swain said when Farmer arrived home from the trip, she was “quiet and withdrawn.” When Farmer finally did say something at a later date, she said: “I don’t want to talk about it and I’m not going to let it ruin my life,” the mother recalled. The Associated Press does not identify people who say they were victims of sexual abuse unless they come forward publicly. Maxwell has been jailed since she was arrested in New Hampshire in July 2020. When she sought bail, Farmer asked the judge to deny it, calling her a “psychopath.”
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Jan. 6 committee releases new subpoena targets — including Trump-endorsed congressional candidate

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot released a new round of subpoenas Friday, seeking documents and testimony from former aides to President Donald Trump — including a current congressional candidate. "The Select Committee is seeking information from individuals who were involved in or witnesses to the coordination and planning of the events leading up to the violent attack on our democracy on January 6th", committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said in a statement. "Some of the witnesses we subpoenaed today apparently worked to stage the rallies on January 5th and 6th, and some appeared to have had direct communication with the former President regarding the rally at the Ellipse directly preceding the attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Select Committee expects these witnesses to join the hundreds of individuals who have already cooperated with our investigation as we work to provide the American people with answers about what happened on January 6th and ensure nothing like that day ever happens again." The new round of subpoenas hit Trumpworld figures like former White House director of political affairs and current Kevin McCarthy aide Brian Jack, as well as Trump-endorsed Ohio Congressional candidate Max Miller, who filled a number of roles within the former president's Administration. Want a daily wrap-up of all the news and commentary Salon has to offer? Subscribe to our morning newsletter, Crash Course. Miller was also accused of abusing his then-girlfriend, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham, and has had several other run-ins with the law over the years, as outlined in a 2018 piece. In response to the news that he had ben subpoenaed, Miller promised to disband the committee if elected. "Upon taking office, I will make sure one of my first votes is to disband this partisan committee that has weaponized its powers against innocent Americans", he wrote on Twitter. "Ohioans are tired of watching D.C.'s witch hunts and political theater while the country burns." The other subpoena targets include "Stop the Steal" organizers Bryan Lewis and Ed Martin, as well as "Moms for Trump" head Kimberly Fletcher and Trump aide Robert "Bobby" Peede, Jr., who Thompson says met with both Trump and Miller in the White House on Jan. 4 to talk about the Jan. 6 rally that ultimately preceded the violent assault on the U.S. Capitol building. More on the Republican Party's post-Capitol riot fallout:
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Mike Glennon clears concussion protocol, to start at QB vs. Chargers

TUCSON, Ariz. — Mike Glennon cleared the concussion protocol after being a full participant in Friday’s practice. He will start at quarterback for the Giants (4-8) on Sunday against the L.A. Chargers (7-5) at SoFi Stadium. Daniel Jones (neck strain) is out for a second straight game. He is still not cleared for contact. He was less involved in Friday’s practice than he’d been on Thursday, leaving the field for a significant part of practice. Jones got his own throwing and workout done separately. He was not made available to the media. Corner Adoree Jackson (quad) will miss a second straight game and did nothing at practice all week. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney (oblique) will miss a third straight game and was laboring through a slow jog during individual drills. He does not look anywhere close to playing in a game. Wideouts Kenny Golladay (rib) and Sterling Shepard (quad) are questionable, as is defensive tackle Danny Shelton (calf). Golladay and Shepard are expected to play. Shepard has missed four straight games. Chargers wideout Keenan Allen (COVID-19) is expected to be out, but receiver Mike Williams and corner Chris Harris (close contacts) have been testing negative and are trending towards playing Sunday.
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New York to impose mandatory masking or Covid vaccines for businesses

The state of New York will impose mandatory masking for all businesses or require their employees to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday, extending a similar mandate for New York City by Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I share New Yorkers' frustration that we are not past this pandemic, but the winter surge is here and we must take action", Hochul said via Twitter. "Starting Monday through January 15, businesses will have the option to implement either a vaccine or mask requirement. "Hochul said her top two priorities were to protect the health of New Yorkers and the economy of the state. "The measures I'm announcing today will help accomplish this through the holiday season", she said. "To the more than 80% of New Yorkers who have done the right thing to get fully vaccinated: Thank you. Let's get more New Yorkers vaccinated so we can put this pandemic in the rearview mirror." On Monday, New York City Mayor de Blasio said he was launching a "preemptive strike" against the new coronavirus Omicron variant by enforcing a vaccine mandate for all businesses in the city two days from December 27 and onward. New York City was an early epicenter for the COVID-19 in 2020. The pandemic has so far infected more than 920,000 of the city's residents over the past 20 months, hospitalizing over 100,000 of them and killing more than 32,000. It is not known how successful a blanket order on vaccinations in the city will be. Millions of health care workers across the United States were supposed to have their first vaccine dose from the start of this week under an order by the Biden administration, but legal challenges have stalled that mandate.
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As Texas Law Is Upheld, Providing Abortion Pills by Mail Can Lead to Steep Fines, Jail

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to block Texas' abortion law that effectively bans the procedure after six weeks of pregnancy. The move came just days after another law took effect making it a felony to provide abortion-inducing medication after seven weeks of pregnancy. The law also introduces penalties, including a fine, or jail time, for doctors sending the medication through the mail. "Texas is looking at the ways that people are navigating around restrictions and trying to essentially make that as unsafe and as frightening for people as possible in order to deter them", Farah Diaz-Tello, a senior legal counsel for the reproductive justice legal group If/When/How, told The Texas Tribune last week, responding to the new law. Women in Texas most commonly terminate their pregnancies by receiving medical abortions, The Texas Tribune reported. Before the new look effect, Texas had already prohibited doctors from prescribing abortion pills via Telehealth or the mail— it is one of about 20 states that prevent doctors from providing abortion pills unless they see a patient in person, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The new law that took effect this month, however, introduces penalties for providers who prescribe the medication via mail. While the Supreme Court on Friday allowed Texas' six-week abortion ban, which has been in effect since September 1, to continue to be enforced, it also ruled that abortion providers would be allowed to challenge the ban in federal court by suing some defendants, including state licensing officials. In a statement Friday evening, President Joe Biden criticized the Supreme Court's decision. "I am very concerned by the Supreme Court's decision to allow SB8 to remain in effect in light of the significant consequences that law has for women in Texas and around the country, and for the rule of law", Biden said. "While it is encouraging that the Court ruled that part of the providers' lawsuit may continue, this ruling reinforces that there is so much more work to be done—in Texas, in Mississippi, and in many states around the country where women's rights are currently under attack", he added.
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Jussie Smollett juror: Split decision was ‘favor’ to actor after debate over final count

The jury in Jussie Smollett’s trial felt they were doing him “a favor” when they convicted the former “Empire” actor on five counts of disorderly conduct, but not a sixth, one of jurors told the Sun-Times Friday. The decision was one the jury struggled with, the juror said. In the end, “we all thought we were doing Jussie a favor,” said the juror, who asked not to be named. That count charged the actor with lying to police during a second interview with detectives on Feb. 14 when he reported he was the victim of an aggravated battery. The other five counts of disorderly conduct Smollett was convicted of were for reporting a battery and for reporting a hate crime to other officers in the hours after the attack. Essentially, the jurors got hung up on the reasoning behind the last charge and why it was charged differently than the others. “We were told it was an aggravated battery because he said they were wearing a mask,” the juror said. But “in all [of Smollett’s] accounts of what happened, he mentioned a mask.” If prosecutors had charged all the battery counts the same, “I think we probably would have found him guilty” on all six, she said. In the end, it took the panel of six women and six men nine hours to decide Smollett’s fate. Not all were convinced special prosecutors had proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt when they first began deliberations Wednesday night, the juror said. “It was not evenly split, but there were some doubters,” she said. It wasn’t that the doubting jurors believed Smollett was innocent, she added, just that they wanted to spend more time reviewing the evidence and talking it over. “I just hope that [Smollett and his attorneys] know that we went in there with an open mind,” the juror said. “I listened to both sides. We wanted to make sure that those who had doubts didn’t feel pressured.” Lengthy discussions to weigh the evidence and testimony during the trial accounted for how long the deliberations took, more than disagreement between jurors, she said. The jury felt there were too many instances in the case that Smollett didn’t have credible answers for when he took the stand, the juror said. In addition, she said, the jurors weren’t presented with any witnesses that backed Smollett’s side. “We all wanted to hear from Frank,” the juror said, referring to Smollett’s creative director, Frank Gatson. Gatson is the person who initially called police — allegedly against Smollett’s wishes — and the juror said the group felt he would have been able to provide critical details that might have given Smollett’s testimony more weight. Gatson was included on the defense’s list of potential witnesses but was never called. Ultimately, though, the juror said, they found the testimonies of brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo more credible than Smollett — though she added neither brother was thought to have been completely forthcoming by the jury. Their testimony, however, was backed up by police, she noted. That was in contrast to Smollett’s defense, the juror said, which consisted mostly of “character witnesses” who couldn’t testify to the facts of the case. Lead defense attorney Nenye Uche in particular, she said, seemed to be “just shooting from the hip.” That the defense had accused the brothers of seeking a $2 million payout from the actor to change their story didn’t still well with the juror when they presented no evidence or testimony to back up that claim. That’s compared to Special Prosecutor Dan Webb’s “methodical, plodding” style, she said. The veteran prosecutor was particularly convincing in his closing arguments and made the state’s case appear “seamless.” Following the verdict, Uche criticized the jury’s split decision, saying, “The verdict is inconsistent. You cannot say Jussie is not lying for the same exact incident.” But Richard Kling, a professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law who followed the trial, praised the jury for its careful consideration of each of the counts. “I think that’s a wonderful reflection on the jury,” he said. He disagreed with Uche’s assessment. “Juries are [at times] inconsistent,” Kling added. “This was not inconsistent. On five counts they found he was responsible, and the other one they were unsure” so they declined to convict. Overall, the decision was a heavy one for the jury to bear; the juror noted the panel didn’t know what sentence Smollett would face. “It wasn’t an easy decision. You’ve got the mother sitting there. You feel bad. We didn’t know what the penalty would be. Are we sending this guy to jail?” she said. The juror said she hopes Smollett will get probation, which seems likely given his lack of criminal background. Contributing: Tom Schuba
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Will Jussie Smollett Be Sentenced to Prison for Lying to the Police?

The discussion in the case of Jussie Smollett, the actor convicted on Thursday of falsely reporting he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, has turned to whether the actor will receive prison time when he is sentenced in several weeks. Daniel K. Webb, the special prosecutor who handled the case, said on Friday that he had not yet decided on what recommendation he would make to the judge but again emphasized how serious he thought the case was. Mr. Webb has pointed in several settings to the social damage caused by faking a hate crime, about the waste of police resources spent on the case and about the consequences of lying to a jury, which found Mr. Smollett guilty after he spent seven hours on the witness stand standing by his account. “It’s fair to say Mr. Smollett is not repentant at all,” Mr. Webb said. “And he doubled down during our trial. I will emphasize those matters as I should.” But some experts said they would find it surprising if Mr. Smollett were to be imprisoned because he was convicted of the lowest level felony offense and has no prior felony convictions. Mr. Smollett’s lead lawyer, Nenye Uche, a former prosecutor who said his client planned to appeal the verdict, echoed that sentiment on Thursday. “I’ve never seen a case like this where the person got jail time,” he said. “And he shouldn’t because he’s innocent.” Mr. Smollett was convicted of five counts of disorderly conduct, which carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison. Even Mr. Webb has acknowledged that those charges don’t typically lead judges to incarcerate people. But he said: “There’s never been a case like this. I don’t know any case in Illinois that involves this criminal misconduct and deceiving police for weeks on end about a hate crime and then compounding it by lying to a jury.” Judge James B. Linn, who is presiding on case, has the option of sentencing the defendant to just probation or a shorter period of prison time. He agreed on Thursday to release Mr. Smollett while he awaits sentencing. “What I could see happening is probation with a ton of community service hours,” said Michael O’Meara, a criminal defense lawyer who has also worked as a prosecutor, “and just to sting him a bit, maybe some jail time.” The judge will certainly consider Mr. Smollett’s prior criminal infraction, though it was 14 years ago and relatively minor. He was convicted in California of misdemeanor driving under the influence, making false statements to the police and driving without a license. (Mr. Smollett pleaded no contest.) In this instance, it was Mr. Smollett who reported a crime, an attack by two assailants who he said beat him up, yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, placed a rope around his neck and poured bleach on his clothing in an early morning assault on a frigid day in 2019. But two brothers told the police that Mr. Smollett had directed them to carry out the attack, and he was ultimately charged by a grand jury with lying to the police, a hoax that prosecutors argued had been orchestrated for publicity. In addition to his sentencing, Mr. Smollett will soon have to contend with a lawsuit against him by the City of Chicago. In 2019, Chicago officials, upset at the amount of police work that was spent on the case, sued Mr. Smollett to recoup more than $130,000 in costs, but it was put on hold until the resolution of the criminal case. “The city intends to continue to pursue its lawsuit to hold Smollett accountable for his unlawful actions,” lawyers for the City of Chicago said in a statement on Friday, “and to demand that he compensate the city for costs incurred by the Chicago Police Department which took his false claims of harm seriously.” The verdict in the case drew reactions on Friday from people across the country and across the political spectrum. A co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, Melina Abdullah, told TMZ that Mr. Smollett still has the full support of her organization. She said in an earlier statement that she could not believe the police over Mr. Smollett, who she described as a “Black man who has been courageously present, visible and vocal in the struggle for Black freedom.” David Axelrod, a political commentator with longstanding connections to Chicago who was a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, wrote on Twitter that Mr. Smollett had “inexcusably slandered our city to advance his career.” Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, and Mercedes Schlapp, who was director of strategic communications in the Trump White House, blamed Democratic politicians, including President Biden, for believing Mr. Smollett in the first place and putting out messages of support. In a news conference on Friday, Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, noted that Mr. Trump had also called the attack “horrible” shortly after it occurred. But she acknowledged that false hate crime accusations “divert valuable police resources away from important investigations” and “make it harder for real victims to come forward and be believed.”
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Ukrainian president Zelensky hopes for talks with Russia amid tensions

Ukraine's president said Friday that more opportunities for talks with Russia may arise thanks to the US diplomatic effort to help de-escalate tensions after Moscow massed troops near Ukraine's border, stoking fears of a possible invasion. US President Joe Biden spoke with both Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin this week, as the United States moved to take a more direct role in diplomacy between Kyiv and Moscow. The US president proposed joining the Europeans in negotiations not just to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine but to address Putin's larger strategic objections to NATO expanding its membership eastwards. In an interview aired Friday by the Ukrainian TV +1, Zelenskyy said that thanks to the US, one more platform for talks with Russia may appear, in addition to the so-called Normandy format that involves France and Germany. The two European countries in 2015 brokered a peace agreement that helped end large-scale hostilities in Ukraine's east, where Ukrainian forces have been fighting with Russia-backed separatists since 2014. But efforts to reach a political settlement of the conflict that has since killed more than 14,000 people have failed, and sporadic skirmishes have continued along the tense line of contact. Zelenskyy said Friday that with the support of the US and Ukraine's European allies, he doesn't rule out direct talks between him and Putin -- something he has proposed to the Russian leader several times to no avail. I see the support for this path from both our European partners and the US, Zelenskyy said. Tensions between Moscow, Kyiv and its Western allies have worsened in recent weeks over the invasion fears. Russian officials have repeatedly denied plans to attack Ukraine, and in turn, blamed Kyiv for its own allegedly aggressive designs. Putin has urged the West to provide guarantees that would preclude NATO from expanding to Ukraine or deploying troops and weapons there. Zelenskyy said Friday that the message he got from Biden during Thursday's call was the Russia assured the US and the whole world that it doesn't intend to continue the escalation against the territory of our independent state.
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Biden 'Concerned' Over Abortion Ruling, But Will It Motivate Him To Expand Supreme Court?

The administration of Democratic President Joe Biden has expressed concern at a recent Supreme Court decision allowing Texas' stringent new anti-abortion law (S.B. 8) to stand. However, it's unclear whether that decision may influence him to try and expand the number of justices on the court. "The President is very concerned by the Supreme Court's decision allowing S.B. 8 to remain in effect", White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a Friday press briefing. Psaki added, "The President is deeply committed to the constitutional right recognizing Roe v. Wade", the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. "The ruling this morning is a reminder of how much these rights are at risk." The court decided to uphold Texas' law on Friday in an 8-1 vote. Liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented. The Texas law empowers private citizens to sue any person who "aids or abets" an abortion. These aiders and abetters could include any healthcare workers, drivers or funders who'd assist a pregnant person with getting an abortion. Any private citizen who successfully sues such an assistant is then entitled to at least a $10,000 reward from the person being sued. Abortion advocates worry that the court's 6-to-3 conservative majority will continue to erode reproductive rights and endanger Roe v. Wade in future rulings. But Biden hasn't yet indicated whether the Friday ruling will push him to expand the court. Progressive activists and politicians have long pushed Biden to do so. However, Biden has previously opposed the idea. A recently released report from a commission he formed to examine the issue didn't make a suggestion either for or against the idea. The issue became especially prominent following the September 18, 2020 death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Immediately after her death, then-President Donald Trump pledged to quickly nominate a replacement, Amy Coney Barrett. Her nomination and rushed confirmation contradicted the reasoning behind then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 's 2016 refusal to let then-Democratic President Barack Obama seat his Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. McConnell refused to do so because it was an election year, he said, and felt that voters should have a say. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden refused to say whether or not he supported expanding the court. He promised to reveal his position before Election Day. However, he eventually settled on forming a commission to study the issue. On April 9, Biden signed an executive order creating the commission. The commission approved its final report this last Tuesday. However, its report didn't make a concrete recommendation on the issue. The report said, "a significant reform such as Court expansion may be needed to calm the controversy surrounding the Court" and suggested consequences if a future Senate takes future actions to install justices of a particular politcal bent. However, the report also said that manipulating the court's composition could come off as "a worrying sign of democratic backsliding" and increase public perception of the court's politicization. Biden has previously opposed court-packing. In July 2019, during the Democratic presidential primaries, Biden said he opposed expanding the nation's highest court, and he also opposed it during a primary debate in October 2019. In a 2005 speech discussing former President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to expand the court to 15 justices in 1937, Biden called the move a "power grab." The number of justices on the court changed six times before 1869 when it settled on its current total of nine. But changing the number again would require a majority of votes in the House and 60 Senate votes to overcome the Senate filibuster. The latter is unlikely to happen because the current Senate is split between 50 Democratic caucus members and 50 Republicans. Senate Democrats are unlikely to persuade 10 Republican Senators to support diluting the court's conservative power. Democrats could force the issue by abolishing the filibuster, but that would require all 50 Senate Democratic caucus members to vote in favor of abolishing it, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casting a deciding majority vote. However, considering that Democratic moderates, such as Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, have opposed voting in line with other Democratic legislation, securing their votes on this issue might not prove easy.
Against Expanding the Size of the Supreme Court
Abortion rights supporters see little to cheer in new Supreme Court opinion
Biden blasts Supreme Court on Texas abortion law, urges Congress to codify Roe v. Wade
Pro-Life Groups Respond to SCOTUS Decision to Let Texas Heartbeat Act Stand as Litigation Continues: Life Is Winning


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Jury sees Kim Potter’s emotional reaction after she shot Daunte Wright

Jurors in the trial of former Minnesota officer Kim Potter saw video footage of her hysterical reaction to her mistakenly shooting Daunte Wright with a gun instead of a Taser Friday. Body footage from Brooklyn Center, Minn., Sgt. Mychal Johnson showed a distraught Potter, 49, rocking back and forth while laying facedown on a lawn with her head in her hands and her feet in the street in the moments after she shot Wright dead during an April 11 traffic stop. “Oh my God!” Potter was heard wailing repeatedly on the clip as Johnson kneeled down and tried to console her. “Kim, take a breath. Kim, you’re OK,” he tells Potter. “Kim, that guy was trying to take off with me in the car.” Johnson then takes her gun for evidence and gives her his weapon. He later took the gun back and removed its bullets before giving it back to her after another cop expressed concerns about Potter’s state of mind. Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was pulled over by police over expired license plate tags. He struggled with cops after they discovered he had a warrant out for weapons possession. Johnson testified that he was leaning into the car holding Wright’s arm with both hands as he prepared to handcuff the suspect. He dropped the suspect’s arm when he heard Potter warn she would use her Taser, he told the court. Potter had claimed she tried to stun the suspect but mistakenly grabbed her gun. “Taser, Taser, Taser!,” Potter was heard shouting as she pointed her gun at Wright in bodycam video released by police. She then fired a single round as an injured Wright drove off, crashing the car down the street. “Holy s***! I just shot him!” she exclaimed, according to the footage. Johnson testified that Potter made a mistake, but force was justified because he could have been dragged if Wright hit the gas. “Kim, we’ll get it all figured out, OK,” he was seen telling Potter on his bodycam footage. as she leaned against a fence. “I don’t know. I don’t know what happened,” she said through tears and heavy breathing. The shooting happened just north of Minneapolis — while police officer Derek Chauvin was facing trial for George Floyd’s murder — and set off multiple nights of volatile protests. Potter has pleaded not guilty to first-degree and second-degree manslaughter. She faces 11 years in prison if convicted of both charges. With AP wires
Fellow officer was partly in Daunte Wright's car during shooting
Kim Potter trial: State questions officer’s decisions in Daunte Wright arrest
Video after Minn. shooting shows crying officer
Kim Potter's former supervisor says she had the right to use deadly force against Daunte Wright


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Kim Kardashian Files To Be Legally Single Before Divorce: What It Means – Lawyer Explains

Kim Kardashian, 41, just filed to be “ legally single ” from her estranged husband Kanye West, 44, on Friday, per TMZ, with the reality star — who has used the “KKW” initials in various brands — opting to drop “West” from her surname. HollywoodLife has reached out to reps for Kim Kardashian about the move, but we also spoke EXCLUSIVELY to two family attorneys, Morghan Leia Richardson, esq. of Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP, and California family attorney, David J. Glass, to find out what “legally single” means and how it will pan out for Kim. “Legally single is a phrase mostly used by tax attorneys and in other countries, but what I think you are referencing is once a married couple signs a settlement agreement or separation agreement, they are legally separated,” the lawyer shared. “All that needs to happen at that point is the divorce papers need to be approved and signed.” Morghan shared that most US states “do not like to grant a divorce before the assets and custody are resolved because it keeps the parties involved and makes certain that things get addressed properly,” but that parties can file to be legally single in the process. Family attorney David J. Glass also shared that, in the US, parties “cannot get remarried” until they are legally divorced, meaning that even if Kim were legally single, she couldn’t tie the knot with anyone until she and Kanye are officially divorced. “Even if you are still negotiating or litigating the financial and custody issues in your case, you can ask the court for a ‘bifurcation of marital status’ where the court will take the issue of your ‘divorce’ separately, and early, and could grant you that single status even if the rest of your case were still up in the air,” the attorney continued. He added, “If the Court grants a bifurcated status-only divorce, it puts in place safeguards to make sure that your new single status cannot be used to affect the community property or the community property portion of retirement assets.” The papers filed through Kim’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, have to be signed off by a judge in order to make her “legally single” status official. Other issues, like child custody and property, would still have to be settled upon. Kim and Kanye share four children, North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2, together, whom they actively co-parent. Though there are several properties up for discussion, Kim already bought Kanye out of his share in the Hidden Hills, CA home they shared together for $23 million. Just hours before Kim made the dramatic move, Kanye had another public plea to get Kim back during his Larry Hoover Benefit Concert with Drake on Dec. 9. For the outro to his song “Runaway,” Kanye changed things up, addressing Kim in an emotional moment on stage, saying, “Baby, I need you to run right back to me… more specifically, Kimberly,.” Kim was not seen during the livestream, held at the LA Memorial Coliseum, but she was photographed entering the venue with sister Kendall Jenner and mom Kris Jenner ‘s boyfriend Corey Gamble.
Kim Kardashian West files to be legally single: report
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Relationship Timeline
Kim Kardashian Files to Be Declared Legally Single Amid Kanye West Divorce
Kim Kardashian Files To Be Legally Single & Drop ‘West’ From Last Name Amid Kanye Divorce
Why Kim Kardashian Filed to Drop ‘West’ From Her Name Amid Kanye Divorce


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Editorial: Bob Dole a hero of a generation

The Greatest Generation has lost another hero. Bob Dole was honored Friday at Washington National Cathedral and the World War II monument he helped create. He epitomized the resilience of those who fought for freedom during World War II. He was severely injured in the war, but he picked himself back up. He died a week ago at age 98. Dole was an influential politician who came close to becoming president — losing to incumbent Bill Clinton in 1996. How would history have changed if he had won? What if Ross Perot hadn’t siphoned off more than 8% of the vote that year? The Republican senator would have brought honor to the office. In his first debate with Clinton, Dole opened by thanking his opponent for his “kind words” about his service. He then named his fellow soldiers who helped him after he nearly died “in the mountains of Italy” that “sometimes you can’t go it alone.” “That’s what America is all about,” he said, adding he always strived to give “something back” to the country he loved. “I’m a plain-speaking man and I’ve learned your name is your bond,” he said. That’s refreshing. Here was a politician saying he’d be an honest Oval Office leader. Clinton? History will judge him. He was a pure politician using words as weapons. Dole was honest. “Stop scaring the seniors, Mr. President,” Dole told Clinton during that debate while the Democrat was trying to score points over Medicaid. Dole was a gentleman politician. He fought in a war to protect our way of life. He was similar to others of that amazing generation who entered into service without any guarantees. He didn’t serve to advance his career, either. That spirit has been lost on most D.C. pols who see winning and raking in campaign cash as the ultimate victory. They follow their party bosses — even if that’s not what compelled them to run in the first place. Dole seemed to know how to stand on his own and take the hits when they came. He famously appeared on TV numerous times after losing to Clinton. It was refreshing. As the Reuters news agency reported, Dole appeared on the David Letterman the day after he lost. Then Jay Leno’s show, a cameo role on the sitcom “Murphy Brown,” a bit on “Saturday Night Live” and television commercials for Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts and the impotency-fighting drug Viagra. “Irreverence is in my blood,” he once said. It’s clear he was human and not afraid to show it. Dole often spent Saturday mornings at the World War II memorial, greeting veterans visiting as part of trips he helped organize. He was a longtime advocate for the Honor Flight Network, which arranges for veterans to travel to Washington to see memorials dedicated to their service. Dole’s body will later travel to Kansas, where weekend events include a public viewing in his hometown of Russell. He will eventually be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. “Bob Dole understood that it was just not enough recognition that this Greatest Generation deserved. It was reflection and renewal, and it was for the Greatest Generation to inspire the next generation,” former Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts said of Dole. That’s what we’ve missed during this prolonged pandemic. The last survivors of that heroic generation are leaving us. Too many have died with too few to honor them at funerals. That’s why this space is given today to Bob Dole. A hero who will be remembered.
Bob Dole Remembered For Quips That Would 'Let The Air Out of The Partisan Balloons'
Biden hails ‘genuine hero’ Dole as a statesman and Republican open to bipartisan compromise
Senator Bob Dole honored during funeral service
Personal stories shared as Bob Dole eulogized during funeral service
Bob Dole honored by presidents, family, friends in Washington National Cathedral


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Germany joins the list of nations mandating vaccination for health workers.

German lawmakers voted on Friday to make coronavirus vaccines obligatory for health care workers — a significant move in a nation where protests against pandemic restrictions have been widespread. The mandate, which will go into effect in mid-March, comes after the country last week announced a lockdown on those who are unvaccinated, and as nations across Europe have reintroduced measures meant to control the spread of the coronavirus. The efforts have taken on added urgency as scientists race to understand the risks posed by the recently detected Omicron variant. Although initial reports suggest Omicron spreads faster than previous variants, there are some early signs that it may cause mostly mild illness, but that observation was based mainly on cases in South Africa among younger people, who are generally less likely to become severely ill from Covid. There are also early indications that at least some vaccines will continue to work, though possibly at diminished levels. Germany joins a number of European nations in mandating vaccination for health care workers, including France and Italy, which were among the first. In November, the British government announced that all frontline health workers in England must be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the spring to keep their jobs. The Biden administration issued three mandates in September — one for federal contractors, another for health care workers and a third for companies with more than 100 employees. But the broad vaccine mandates affecting the private sector have been delayed by courts. Austria has gone the furthest of any Western democracy, requiring Covid vaccinations for all adults. More than 69 percent of the German population is fully vaccinated, but the rate of daily vaccinations has recently increased to levels not seen since the early summer. Elsewhere in Europe on Friday: In a sign of the rising concern in Italy, another region — the third in recent weeks — will toughen coronavirus restrictions next week. Face masks will be required outdoors and restaurants will have to limit the number of guests eating at the same table in the southern region of Calabria, as well as in Friuli Venezia Giulia in the far northeast and the northern province of Bolzano — bordering Austria and Switzerland, where 70 percent of the population is German-speaking. Bolzano has the country’s lowest vaccination rate. The Associated Press reported that the Dutch government cleared the way on Friday for children ages 5 to 11 years old to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, extending its inoculation program to an age group that had the highest rate of infections in a recent surge. The program is set to begin in mid-January, the health ministry said. The police in northern Greece made 11 arrests on Friday after a high school principal was handcuffed by people who are accused of being members of a vigilante group that opposes pandemic restrictions, according to The Associated Press. The episode occurred near the city of Katerini, 270 miles north of Athens. The suspects are accused of grabbing and handcuffing the principal, 61, ahead of a daily health check of students waiting to enter the school, forcing him into a vehicle and driving him to a nearby precinct where they asked the police to charge him. Instead, the police promptly detained them instead.
Most cases of omicron variant in the U.S. mild so far, CDC report finds
Some experts say it's time to upgrade our face masks
CDC: Most US omicron cases so far are mild, detected in vaccinated people; experts tout booster data: Latest COVID-19 updates


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Alabama FedEx package dumping suspect expected to turn himself in

"He is working today. And he is delivering packages for another company. So hopefully we will have him in custody by the end of the day", Moon said. The investigation began November 24, when sheriff's deputies in Blount County, in northern Alabama, found 300 to 400 packages in a ravine on private property, the county sheriff's department said. The suspect admitted to dumping the packages there five different times because "he didn't want to deliver them", Moon said during a press conference Friday. "This young man, when he was questioned, admitted to everything that was asked of him and that we could prove and was very upfront", Moon added. "It appeared that he was very sorrowful for what he had done and just admitted that he had had -- was having some hard times in his life and just made poor choices." There are five warrants that Moon said will be issued to him today for cargo theft, which is a Class D felony. Of the packages discovered in the ravine, 153 of them were identifiable and 247 of the packages were unidentifiable, according to Moon. The dumps resulted in "$24,000 worth of merchandise that were not able to be accounted for." "This incident is completely unacceptable and we continue to cooperate with law enforcement in their investigation, including any criminal prosecution of, or civil action against, the responsible individual who is no longer providing service on behalf of FedEx Ground", FedEx said in a statement. "Shipments were collected and delivered to their intended recipients where possible. In the case of a damaged shipment we are working with the affected shippers to reach a resolution."
Alabama man admitted to dumping hundreds of FedEx packages in ravine, officials say
Sheriff: Man who dumped FedEx packages in Alabama remorseful
Sheriff: Man who dumped FedEx packages in Alabama remorseful


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Father and son charged with reckless arson in Caldor Fire plead not guilty

A father and son with starting a massive California wildfire that destroyed homes and forced tens of thousands of people to flee Lake Tahoe communities earlier this year pleaded not guilty in court on Friday. The El Dorado County prosecutor's office charged David Scott Smith, 66, and Travis Shane Smith, 32, with reckless arson. The office also charged the son with illegal conversion or manufacture of a machine gun and both men of illegal possession of a firearm silencer. The defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges, said Emily Idleman, assistant to the chief of investigations in the district attorney's office. The men were arrested Wednesday and remain in El Dorado County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail each. A bail reduction hearing is scheduled for Monday. The criminal complaints do not specify how the machine gun and silencer tie into the and the DA's office has not offered an explanation. The fire started August 14 and crossed three Northern California counties, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate the resort town of before it was contained in October. Five people were injured and about 1,000 homes and other buildings were destroyed. The complaints said both men illegally possessed a firearm silencer between August 11 and September 23 and that Travis Smith converted or manufactured a machine gun between August 9 and August 14. Mark Reichel, the attorney for both men, said previously that the two were near where the fire started and called 911 to report flames. "Neither one has ever been in trouble with the law in their life. They're very law-abiding people", he said. The Caldor Fire scorched more than 346 square miles from east of Sacramento to the Nevada border, threatening ski resorts and other prominent recreational areas. The district attorney's office said the case was developed with the U.S. Forest Service, California's firefighting agency and the California Department of Justice, with help from the Sacramento County District Attorney's crime lab.
Father, son charged with starting wildfire plead not guilty
Father, son plead not guilty to starting Caldor Fire
Father, son charged with starting wildfire plead not guilty


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Demaryius Thomas’ death hits the NFL hard, including Giants coaches and players

TUCSON, Ariz. — Giants wide receivers coach Tyke Tolbert coached Demaryius Thomas for seven seasons with the Broncos. He was devastated to hear of Thomas’ death at 33 on Thursday night. “My heart is HEAVY today as I mourn the passing of DT,” Tolbert tweeted Friday. “He was like a son to me and was one of the finest people I’ve ever known. I will miss him.” Giants running back Devontae Booker and long-snapper Casey Kreiter both were Thomas’ teammates in Denver, as well. And Joe Judge coached Thomas during the 2019 offseason and training camp in New England. “You hear news like that, there’s no good way to take it,” Judge said Friday. “You take all of his athletic accomplishments, and they don’t hold a candle to the kind of person he was. There’s a lot of guys in our building and throughout the league that are affected by this. Tyke was extremely, extremely close with D.T. Extremely close with him. And it affects his entire family.” Thomas won a Super Bowl in Denver and racked up the bulk of his 724 catches, 9,763 receiving yards and 63 TDs under Tolbert’s tutelage. Tolbert told Mike Klis of 9News in Denver: “I’m heartbroken.” “When he came to our house on holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, my girls would bake him a cake on Christmas because that was his birthday,” Tolbert told Klis. “He’d tell the guys, ‘No one touch my cake. No one touch my cake.’ And then he’d give a piece to everybody.” Tolbert said he found out about Thomas’ death from his agent and then received texts from Peyton Manning, former Panthers receiver Steve Smith and former Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville. Former Giants receiver Bennie Fowler, a three-year teammate who won a Super Bowl with Thomas in Denver, posted on Instagram that Thomas had “the biggest heart.” “My brother DT, [you] treated my family and friends like his family and friends, took my mindset and the way I approached things to another level,” Fowler wrote. “I will forever appreciate you and your family. Your legacy will live on forever, not only as one of the best Broncos of all time, but in the warmth and brotherhood that came with how you treated others, to the funny southern drawl in the way you pronounced ‘Christmas’ and ‘grape jelly.’” “We are all mourning the loss of what we will miss about what you did and what we were waiting for you to do next,” Fowler added. “But you didn’t miss anything. You touched us all with a life well lived. Love you bro.” Judge said he woke up to overnight texts from his wife about the sad news. Thomas was injured during his brief time with the Patriots in 2019, when Judge took on coaching the receivers in addition to being special teams coordinator. But Judge said the accomplished receiver had a “profound” impact on him and on a ton of players. “This guy was able to be a leader to the team as an older, experienced player,” Judge said. “He was on PUP at the time. He was hurt. But his ability of almost transcending being a player and being a coach at times with the way he would share wisdom and talk through techniques, the hours that he would sit in my office when we talked through game plans.” “We talked through route technique, we talked through defensive recognition, we talked through how he sees it on the field,” Judge said. “It was tremendous. But all the football stuff aside, none of that holds a candle to what kind of person this guy was, and I think everybody he interacted with, he impacted.” Thomas was found dead in his home Thursday night, the police department in Roswell, Ga., told the Associated Press. “Preliminary information is that his death stems from a medical issue, and our investigators currently have no reason to believe otherwise,” a spokesman for the department said LaTonya Bonseigneur, a first cousin who grew up with Thomas, told the AP the family believes he died from a seizure. “He had been suffering from seizures for over a year, and we believe he had a seizure when he was showering,” she told the AP. “He was alone and a friend couldn’t get hold of him, so he called his driver, who has a key because of these seizures, and he went into his home and found him in the shower.” Thomas was known for being involved in the community just as much as he was beloved on the field. Current and former players from Tom Brady to Tim Tebow poured their emotions out on social media Thursday and Friday over the loss of their friend. “I love all ya’ll,” Thomas told the fans when he retired this summer. “I will always love ya’ll.” Judge said this type of tragedy can jar people’s perspectives back into focus. “It kind of makes you reflect on how fortunate we are for any opportunity we have every day, and you never really know when it ends,” he said.
Demaryius Thomas remembered by players for generous nature, infectious smile
Demaryius Thomas remembered by players for generous nature
Demaryius Thomas’ death hits the NFL hard, including Giants coaches and players


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Top State Department official travels to Venezuela to meet with detained Americans

Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens' quiet visit to the capital city of Caracas represents a significant development as efforts to free the men, many of whom have been imprisoned for years by the government of embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, have yet to succeed. "We can confirm that the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs Roger Carstens traveled to Caracas for discussions about the welfare and safety of US nationals in Venezuela", a State Department official said Friday. "We continue to advocate for the immediate and unconditional release of all wrongfully detained US nationals in Venezuela at every opportunity", the official said. According to a source familiar, the administration was able to work with the Maduro government to arrange the visits to check on a group of detained oil executives known as the "CITGO 6", who have just begun their fifth year in Venezuelan detention, as well as three other Americans who have been detained since 2020. This source said the Maduro government was accommodating of the visit. No American officials had been able to meet in person with the detained men in years, as the US severed diplomatic ties with Maduro under the Trump administration. Carstens traveled with a small State Department delegation, the source familiar said, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken personally advocated for the trip. According to family members of the CITGO 6, Carstens visited with the men -- Tomeu Vadell, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Alirio Jose Zambrano, Jose Luis Zambrano and Jose Angel Pereira -- for about an hour and a half at El Helicoide, where they are imprisoned. The State Department briefed the families about the visit on Friday, after Carstens had returned to Washington. The Associated Press was first to report on Carstens' trip. His meeting with the CITGO 6 came as a total shock, several of the family members told CNN. Carstens "actually brought pictures of him with our families" to prove his identity to the detained Americans, said Alexandra Z. Forseth, the daughter of Alirio Jose Zambrano and niece of Jose Luis Zambrano. She said it seemed that the guards at the prison gave the men some privacy to meet with Carstens. "I think it was very uplifting for both parties", she told CNN. One of the men recognized Carstens and was so taken aback that he asked to touch his face to see if it was really him. Carstens gave each of the men a hug before he left, the source familiar said. The CITGO 6 -- five US citizens and one permanent resident -- were summoned to Venezuela in November 2017 for an emergency work meeting, where they were arrested on corruption charges. As CNN reported in recent weeks, the men have become pawns in the geopolitical confrontation between the US government and the Maduro regime. Carstens' visit comes follows increased public scrutiny from the families over the lack of progress in securing the group's release. The US envoy was also able to meet jointly with Luke Denman and Airan Berry, two US veterans arrested in May 2020 on accusations by Maduro that they were attempting a coup, as well as with Matthew Heath, another US veteran who was arrested in September 2020 and accused of being a terrorist. Denman's brother Mark described it as a "welfare check" and said the meeting lasted about 45 minutes. Heath's family said Carstens "was able to conduct a brief wellness check."
U.S. Diplomat Meets With Citgo 6 in Venezuela in Effort to Secure Their Release
AP sources: US hostage envoy visited Venezuela this week
U.S. hostage envoy visited Venezuela to meet jailed Americans


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EPA called on to lead tests amid Navy water crisis in Hawaii

A U.S. senator called on the Environmental Protection Agency to take the lead in testing to determine whether it's safe to drink water that the Navy provides to and around Pearl Harbor. U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz said the EPA should step in after the Navy disputed the Hawaii Department of Health's analysis of fuel contamination at a well that provides drinking water to the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam's water system. Military households have complained about their tap water, with some saying they suffered ailments such as cramps and vomiting after drinking it. Testing last week showed the presence of petroleum in water that comes from a well near the underground fuel tank complex above an aquifer that has been the source of multiple fuel leaks over the years. On Wednesday the state health department said the Navy reported diesel fuel levels more than double Hawaii health limits for drinking water in samples collected at one of the Navy's shafts. But the Navy said the sample didn't come directly from the Navy's well and that Navy officials don't believe it indicated contamination. That prompted Honolulu Board of Water Supply officials to question the results and urge more sampling to determine the source of the pollution and figure out which way the contaminated groundwater beneath the Navy’s tanks is flowing, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Ernest Lau, manager and chief engineer for the Board of Water Supply, said the Navy informed the city agency on Wednesday that a high level of diesel fuel was found in samples of the Aiea-Hala­wa water shaft. “I got a call a couple hours later, from the same person in the Navy, basically trying to downplay the test result was not indicative of what’s in the aquifer. So my question to that individual was: ‘Wasn’t the water in that pipe you took the sample from coming out of that shaft? If it’s not coming out of the shaft, where did the diesel come from?’” Lau said. The Navy did not respond to the Board of Water Supply's questions, or those submitted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. But Lydia Robertson, a spokesperson for Navy Region Hawaii, said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that Navy officials are investigating further and that additional water sample testing is being conducted. Schatz wants the EPA to be the lead agency handling collection, testing, analysis and public communication of the water crisis. “We can't afford another day of the Navy and the state and county agencies disagreeing on the basic question of whether the drinking water is safe,” he said in a statement Thursday. The EPA is providing support, Julia Giarmoleo, an agency spokesperson, told the newspaper. The EPA isn't independently testing the water, but reviewing Navy test results, Giarmoleo said.
EPA called on to lead tests amid Navy water crisis in Hawaii
Hawaii residents could be displaced for 6 to 8 weeks amid water crisis, Army officials say
Confusion And a Call For The EPA to Step In Latest Issues With Pearl Harbor Water Crisis


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Biden 'Deeply Troubled' by Reports Kellogg's May Permanently Replace 1,400 Striking Workers

President Joe Biden has said that he is "deeply troubled" by reports that Kellogg's is planning to permanently replace around 1,400 of its striking union workers. Kellogg's workers have been on strike at four plants in Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee since October 5. After workers rejected a tentative agreement on Tuesday, the Kellogg Company issued a statement saying that the "prolonged work stoppage has left us no choice but to hire permanent replacement employees in positions vacated by striking workers." Biden reacted to the company's plan in a statement on Friday. The president said that collective bargaining was "an essential tool to protect the rights of workers that should be free from threats and intimidation from employers", while describing the move to replace the striking Kellogg's workers as an "existential attack." "I am deeply troubled by reports of Kellogg's plans to permanently replace striking workers from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International during their ongoing collective bargaining negotiations", Biden said. "Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members' jobs and livelihoods." "I have long opposed permanent striker replacements and I strongly support legislation that would ban that practice", he added. "Such action undermines the critical role collective bargaining plays in providing workers a voice and the opportunity to improve their lives while contributing fully to their employer's success." Biden went on to tout his "unyielding support for unions", which he said "built the middle class in this country", as well as the collective bargaining process, promising to "aggressively defend both." The president has previously pledged to be "the most pro-union president you've ever seen." The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents the workers, has said that the strike will continue pending a new contract. Negotiations had largely focused on a two-tiered wage structure that gives workers hired after 2015 less pay and fewer benefits than veteran workers. The latest rejected contract offer would have placed workers who had been at the company for at least four years into the veteran worker category. The Kellogg Company has indicated that it is not interested in another round of negotiating for a new contract, saying that "there is no further bargaining scheduled and we have no plans to meet" with the striking workers. The company argued that its "focus must continue to be on executing the next phase of our contingency plan" because "the strike will continue." Temporary Kellogg's workers have been crossing the picket line to fill the labor shortage amid the strike. The company first indicated that it planned to replace some of those on strike permanently last month, not long after suing striking workers for allegedly intimidating their temporary replacements and blocking plant entrance in Omaha. The process for finding permanent replacements for what the company described as "great jobs" has been quickly met with complications. A campaign recently launched by activists on Reddit aims to paralyze the recruitment process by flooding the Kellogg's online job portal with thousands of fake applications.
Deafening Silence: Top Democrats Hush as Left-Wing Kellogg’s Company Set to Replace American Union Workers
Biden says he's 'deeply troubled' by Kellogg's move to permanently replace striking union workers
Biden admonishes Kellogg Co. for plan to replace striking workers


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Florida COVID-19 infections rise for third week as officials mum on details of omicron

New coronavirus infections grew for the third week in a row across Florida as the newest, most infectious version of the pathogen spreads statewide. The state logged 12,984 new COVID-19 cases this week, the Florida Department of Health reported Friday, the most since Oct. 29. The statewide caseload had been dropping between mid-August and Nov. 26. But the virus’ highly infectious omicron variant, first discovered last month in South Africa, was detected this week in Florida. Is it the flu, a cold, or the omicron variant? How to know, and when to get tested for COVID Omicron variant: As omicron variant marches across America, Florida limits locals' tools to fight it More: More Floridians head to COVID vaccination clinics as omicron looms The omicron strain appears to be five times more infectious than the delta variant, researchers have found. The delta mutation ravaged Florida’s unvaccinated over the summer, killing more people here than anywhere else in America. The severity of the omicron variant’s symptoms is still being studied. Representatives for hospitals across Palm Beach County did not reply Friday to questions asking whether they had detected the omicron variant among patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that a patient in St. Lucie County had tested positive for omicron. The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa announced Tuesday that it had detected a case in a patient. Representatives for the state Health Department did not respond to a request to verify whether new omicron cases have been discovered since then. A spokesman for its Palm Beach County Branch, Alex Shaw, replied with a statement that did not answer the question. The delta mutation accounted for 99.9% of coronavirus cases nationwide from Nov. 28 through Saturday, the CDC reported Tuesday. The Florida Health Department collects data showing the number of coronavirus mutations confirmed in each of Florida’s 67 counties. But it does not publish the statistics. It instead releases them occasionally to lawyers representing a consortium of news outlets, including The Palm Beach Post and others in The USA TODAY Florida network. The latest report, released Dec. 3, contained no records of omicron variant cases. COVID-19: Where can I and my kids get tests, vaccines and boosters in Palm Beach County? So far, omicron infections have been found in 43 people across 22 states, the CDC reported Friday. Of those people, 20 had gotten the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines or the Johnson & Johnson shot; and 14 others had gotten booster shots. Just one vaccinated person had to be hospitalized. Six people had previously caught the respiratory disease. About one-third of those infected had traveled internationally in the two weeks prior to testing positive or developing symptoms — mostly fatigue, congestion or runny nose — indicating the variant is spreading across the country, the CDC said. The first omicron variant case was discovered Nov. 9 in South Africa, though it’s not yet known where the coronavirus first mutated into this strain. Scientists first reported cases of the variant on Nov. 24 to the World Health Organization. A small preliminary study of blood samples from 12 people who had received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine suggests inoculation might provide less protection against the omicron variant than the original strain, South African scientists reported Tuesday. Antibodies produced by the vaccinated people performed with 1/40th the strength against omicron compared with an earlier version of the virus. But vaccines stimulate other immune responses than just antibodies. And the vast majority of people killed and hospitalized by COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Pfizer published preliminary lab studies Wednesday showing that people who received booster shots can better fight off the variant. In Florida, COVID-19 had infected at least 3,710,507 residents as of Friday, state health officials reported, or 17.2% of the population. COVID-19 charts: Latest data for Palm Beach County and Florida In Palm Beach County, that number stands at 229,254. That includes 894 new cases reported this week. The county’s caseload has also grown for three weeks straight. Statewide, the death toll increased by 325 people, reaching 62,026. About 2.6% of COVID-19 tests in the past week, countywide and statewide, have come back positive, some of the lowest levels since the state started reporting those figures. Medical staff have vaccinated 14,540,602 residents statewide, or 70% of the eligible population ages 5 and older, the Health Department reported Friday. That figure includes Floridians who got booster shots and 14,019 who got their first shots. More Floridians have gotten booster shots in the past week — 419,999 — than second shots or J&J doses. In Palm Beach County, 1,019,516 residents, or 72% of the eligible population, have gotten the jabs. Health officials added 7,437 residents this week to the county’s inoculation tally. Palm Beach County vaccinations have climbed recently. A total of 31,433 residents have been newly vaccinated in the past four weeks, compared with 14,591 in the four weeks ending Nov. 12. Chris Persaud is a data reporter for The Palm Beach Post.
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FAA Says No More Astronaut Wings For Commercial Space Travelers Because There Are Too Many

The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it will no longer award commercial astronaut wings after this year because there are too many people launching into space. The wings will be replaced with an online registry instead, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News. This does not affect NASA 's astronauts getting their wings, because they will still receive theirs from the space agency. "The Astronaut Wings program, created in 2004, served its original purpose to bring additional attention to this exciting endeavor. Now it's time to offer recognition to a larger group of adventurers daring to go to space", said FAA Administrator Wayne Monteith in a press release, the Orlando Sentinel reported. The FAA will award wings to all 15 people who have gone to space for the first time this year through U.S. private flights. Among the awardees are Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson. The companies also awarded those who went to space their version of astronaut wings after the flights. The four people who were on SpaceX 's first private flight into orbit last September qualified for FAA commercial astronaut wings, as well. The news dropped just a day before Blue Origin is scheduled to launch from West Texas with former NFL player and TV personality Michael Strahan on board. Strahan, along with five other passengers, will be eligible for the astronaut wings, since the FAA's program won't end until Jan. 1. This would bring the total number of people awarded commercial wings to 30. Currently, there are 24 recipients, according to the FAA. The first recipient, Michael Melvill, received his in 2004. He flew suborbital flights on a rocket plane manufactured by Scaled Composites, which is an early version of the space plane Virgin Galactic has for its space flight program, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. Earlier this year, the FAA tightened up its qualifications, specifying that awardees must be trained crew members, versus paying customers along for the ride. But with the program ending, the decision was made to be all-inclusive, a spokesman said. Future space tourists will get their names put on a FAA commercial spaceflight list. To qualify, they must soar at least 50 miles (80 kilometers) on an FAA-sanctioned launch. "The U.S. commercial human spaceflight industry has come a long way from conducting test flights to launching paying customers into space", the FAA's associate administrator Wayne Monteith said in a statement. "Now it's time to offer recognition to a larger group of adventurers daring to go to space."
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‘West Side Story’ choreographer shares the secrets behind the new dances

Dancing in the streets of NYC, things got muy caliente filming Steven Spielberg’s new “West Side Story,” which hit theaters Friday. In fact, the sweltering heat and humidity led Ariana DeBose — who plays Nuyorican Anita — to have a unique kind of wardrobe malfunction while hoofing it up on the steamy pavement during “America.” “Her shoes literally melted,” choreographer Justin Peck, 34, told The Post of the fiery combustion that took place during the summer of 2019. “She had to have her shoes replaced two or three times while we were filming these dance sections because it was so hot and the choreography was so intense that it literally melted [the soles of] her shoes.” Shooting the musical’s show-stopping dance number in temps that sometimes hit triple digits was just one of the challenges that Peck faced in updating Jerome Robbins’ iconic, Oscar-winning choreography from the 1961 film classic (which itself was adapted from the 1957 Broadway production). “It was definitely a daunting task to take on reimagining ‘West Side Story’ because the original is so legendary,” said Peck, who is also the resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet. “What was so exciting for me about working on this project is that the screenplay that Tony Kushner wrote really recontextualizes a lot of the dance numbers. It sets them up in different ways… and that requires a new take on what the choreography is. A lot of times it meant creating completely original choreography.” Indeed, “America,” which took place on a rooftop at night in the original movie, now goes down during the daytime on the streets of NYC. After months of rehearsal, the dazzling sequence was filmed over about 10 days in Harlem, Queens, and Paterson, NJ. “It shows Anita and Bernardo [David Alvarez] weaving and winding through their community in New York City,” said Peck. “It increases in scale incrementally until you get to the very end when it’s literally, like, 60 or 70 dancers in the center of an intersection with about 200 or 300 extras surrounding that space and 12 8-to-11-year-old kids who have to wade through all this.” Peck also totally revamped the “Cool” choreography, which originally featured the entire Jets gang. In the new film, it’s a toe-tapping tête-à-tête between Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Riff (Mike Faist) shot on the Sunset Park waterfront in Brooklyn. “It becomes this kind of dialogue between Riff and Tony as Tony tries to ‘cool’ Riff down,” Peck said. “It turns into this duel as they sort of battle for control over this gun… The movement itself is very athletic, very dangerous. It has grace to it, but it’s also very action-packed and combative.” But amidst all the reimagining of Robbins’ vision, Peck also wanted to pay homage to the groundbreaking moves in the original film that leapt him into action. He first watched the original “West Side Story” when he was 10 years old, and it inspired him to pursue a career in dance. “In ‘America,’ there’s this moment where the women flare their skirts in a very unique way that honors the original choreography,” he said. “And there were other moments, like when Tony and Maria [ Rachel Zegler] are underneath the bleachers and they dance together for the first time. That little moment where they bent their knees and then snapped their fingers is a direct sort of quote of the original.” And Peck had a very special consultant in Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for playing Anita in the first film. In the new movie, she plays a different character, Valentina, and also serves as an executive producer. “She was on set all the time… and she became a very close ally to me throughout this process,” he said. “She’s a firm believer in the power of dance expression. So I’m really grateful that she was a part of this and that she could share her wisdom and her encouragement.”
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NBA roundup: Pacers win without Coach Rick Carlisle

Caris LeVert scored 26 points and Domantas Sabonis added 22 points and 10 rebounds Friday night to lead the Indiana Pacers past the Dallas Mavericks 106-93. Indiana won its third straight game for the first time this season — this one coming without Coach Rick Carlisle, who entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols Thursday after testing positive for COVID-19. Assistant coach Lloyd Pierce replaced Carlisle on the bench. Luka Doncic fell just short of his 39th career triple-double with 27 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for Dallas. Kristaps Porzingis added 22 as the Mavericks lost for the fourth time in five games. The Pacers led most of the final three quarters, but Dallas used a 13-4 to jump out to an 80-75 lead late in the third quarter. Indiana answered with the final seven points of the third and the first five of the fourth to make it 87-80. Kuzma’s incident took place in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ 119-116 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night at Little Caesars Arena. Kuzma hit a 3 with 0.6 seconds left in overtime to lift the Wizards to the victory and hand the Pistons their 10th straight loss. Success. Please wait for the page to reload. If the page does not reload within 5 seconds, please refresh the page. Enter your email and password to access comments. Forgot Password? Don't have a Talk profile? Create one. Invalid username/password. Please check your email to confirm and complete your registration. Create a commenting profile by providing an email address, password and display name. You will receive an email to complete the registration. Please note the display name will appear on screen when you participate. Already registered? Log in to join the discussion. Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or login to participate in the conversation. Here’s why. Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code. Send questions/comments to the editors. « Previous
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Pacers pull away late to beat Mavs 106-93 without Carlisle


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A PowerPoint presentation circulating online — outlining a plan to overturn the 2020 election — is similar to the one Mark Meadows gave to the Jan. 6 panel, report says

A 36-page PowerPoint presentation on how to overturn the 2020 election was being shared on Twitter Thursday. The New York Times confirmed Friday it's similar to the one Mark Meadows gave the January 6 committee. A lawyer for Meadows said he was emailed the document on January 5 and did nothing with it. A PowerPoint circulating online this week — that detailed extreme plans to overturn the 2020 election — is similar to the one former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows handed over to the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack, The New York Times confirmed Friday. Meadows, who served in former President Donald Trump's White House, previously sent documents to the committee before announcing earlier this week that he was no longer cooperating with the investigation, putting himself at risk of being held in contempt of Congress. Parts of a 36-page version of the document, titled "Election Fraud, Foreign Interference & Options for 6 JAN", were shared on Twitter Thursday. The PowerPoint included many of the false claims about voter fraud and election irregularities that were being shared by former President Donald Trump and his allies after Joe Biden's victory. The presentation also featured recommendations on how to change the election outcome, including declaring a national security emergency, throwing out all electronic voting, and having Vice President Mike Pence personally select Republican electors. The New York Times confirmed on Friday the presentation being shared online was similar to the presentation Meadows gave to the January 6 committee. However, the version Meadows provided was 38 pages, and it's unclear how exactly the two differed. Phil Waldron, a retired Army colonel who was said to be the one circulating the presentation, did not respond when Insider reached out on Thursday. On Friday, he told The Times that he sent the presentation to Trump allies before the January 6 insurrection and that one of his associates may have sent it to Meadows. It was not clear who created the document. A lawyer for Meadows, George J. Terwilliger III, did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. He told The Times that the former chief of staff was emailed the presentation on January 5 and did not do anything with it, adding that they gave it to the January 6 committee simply because it wasn't privileged. Despite making the rounds on Twitter this week, the document (or apparent versions of the presentation) have been shared publicly online before, including by Fox News's Lara Logan on January 5 and other proponents of challenges to the 2020 election. Have a news tip? Contact this reporter at
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A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK turned into a potential Omicron superspreader event, even though everyone was vaccinated — but all the cases were mild

A 60-year-old's birthday party turned into a likely Omicron superspreader event. 15 of the 18 party-goers tested positive for COVID-19 after the party. All were vaccinated, and many were boosted. "It's highly unlikely that Delta would behave like that", said epidemiologist Tim Spector, who suspects it was Omicron. A 60-year-old's birthday party in the UK has turned into a coronavirus superspreader event — and it's likely that the Omicron variant is to blame, according to a leading epidemiologist. Tim Spector, who heads up the highly regarded Zoe COVID study in the UK, says the partygoers (who wished to remain anonymous) were some of the first people to use a new Omicron-tracking feature in his COVID-logging app, which hundreds of thousands of people in the UK access daily to record any COVID-19 symptoms. Though it's impossible at this point to know for sure that everyone who got sick after the party definitely had Omicron, here's what we do know: The party guests were all older adults in their 60s and 70s; Everyone was fully vaccinated, and some were boosted too; Most had used the UK's free, rapid, lateral flow tests before the party, and nothing came up positive. But, shortly after the party was over, they found out that a schoolmate of one of the partygoers' children had a "probable" Omicron case, as determined by PCR testing. Soon, the parent tested positive too, and within just a few days, 15 of the 18 who'd been at the party were also COVID-positive. "It's highly unlikely that Delta would behave like that", Spector told Insider, adding "it was two days" from exposure to symptoms. With Delta, Spector would expect a longer delay between exposure and positive test, and wouldn't expect so many fully vaccinated and boosted people to test positive after one exposure. The UK, similarly, says that Omicron is "displaying a growth advantage" over Delta, and that the new variant is "likely to out-compete Delta in the UK and predominate." "It means that nearly everyone's going to get this", Spector said. "Even if you're double or triple vaxxed, it's still not preventing infection." The good news is that early indications suggest Omicron isn't especially dangerous to vaccinated people, compared to other versions of the virus we've seen before. "Most people will have thought they had a bad cold", Spector said. Among the party-goers, for example, most cases were mild, like seasonal colds, with nausea, headache, and sore throats. Two of the 15 people had to take off work for a few days, ran fevers, and lost their sense of taste. But no one sought care from a doctor, or had to go to the hospital. The story is a testament to how well the vaccines we have work against severe COVID-19, even among vulnerable, older adults, who are more susceptible to bad outcomes. For the most part, the symptoms the partygoers had reflect what's been seen in the US and across Europe so far with Omicron. Reported infections have been mild, and less frequently include the characteristic loss of taste, smell, and fevers previously seen with coronavirus infections. No deaths have been recorded yet. Still, the worry is that because of how quickly Omicron is taking off, it could still overwhelm hospitals, especially as more unvaccinated people are exposed. "By the time people know they've definitely got it, they may have spread it", Spector said. In a video shared on YouTube about the birthday party, he said it "just shows you how easily one person can infect many others in a close situation, which is a worry." Already, he's making some modifications to his own holiday schedule, calling Omicron a "good argument" for reducing gathering sizes, and canceling big events. "Sadly we had to cancel our Christmas parties at King's [College] and also at Zoe, which upset a lot of us", he said. "This is not a reason to be really relaxed with Omicron because it's not just like a cold, you can pass it on to other people and could still kill them."
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Chargers WR Keenan Allen, on COVID-19 reserve list, won’t play vs. Giants


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Travel to New York City during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Since December 6, all inbound international travelers 2 and older are required to test within one day of departure for the United States, regardless of vaccination status. This does not affect domestic travel. -- A federal mask mandate for airports, planes and other public transportation has been extended until March 18, 2022. -- A travel ban on eight nations in southern Africa is in place (see below). Some of the venues of interest to travelers that are part of the requirement include restaurants, nightclubs, concert halls, museums, performing arts theaters, movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades, casinos, cabarets, fitness centers, pools and coffee shops with indoor dining. Mayor Bill de Blasio has endorsed CDC guidance recommending masking indoors, regardless of vaccination status, but has not issued a mask mandate. This is the ultimate city break. New York has the greatest city skyline in the world; culture from the Guggenheim to MoMA; spectacular food from Chinese delicacies in Flushing to Italian delights in the Bronx; and the green sweep of Central Park to the busy Lower East Side. Who can go On November 29, the United States restricted travel from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe because of the emerging Omicron variant. Citizens of those nations or foreign travelers who have been to any of them in the past 14 days may not enter the United States, but US citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been to those nations may still enter. Unvaccinated travelers from abroad are no longer allowed to enter the United States, with very limited exceptions. Among those exceptions are unvaccinated children younger than 18. New York doesn't have any restrictions on domestic travelers. What are the restrictions? New York officials still recommend quarantine for all travelers who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from Covid-19 during the previous three months. Testing three to five days after arriving in New York is also recommended for these travelers. Every air traveler entering the United States needs a negative Covid-19 test result. Passengers are required to get a viral test within one day before their flight to the US departs and to provide documentation of their lab results or documentation of having recovered from Covid-19. Restaurants, movie theaters and other venues are open -- but their indoor spaces are open only to fully vaccinated patrons. Patrons younger than 12 will be allowed inside with a face mask requirement except when they are eating and drinking. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, like all NYC museums, requires visitors 12 and older to be vaccinated, and children 2 to 11 must wear a mask. Masks are required indoors at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The subway system continues to operate on a 24-hour basis.
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New York's COVID surge is back — and so is its mask mandate


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College football: Virginia names Clemson OC Tony Elliott as next head coach

Dec. 10 Former Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator Tony Elliott was hired as the next head football coach at the University of Virginia, the school announced Friday. Elliott replaces former Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who plans to step down from his role after the team's upcoming bowl game. Mendenhall was at the helm of the Cavaliers for six seasons.
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NYC Council approves voting rights for noncitizens

Around 800,000 legal immigrants will be able to vote in municipal elections in New York City if a new bill called "Intro 1857" becomes law. New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez joins CBSN's Lana Zak to discuss why he first proposed the legislation back in 2020 and is leading efforts to get it passed.
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Omicron can drive daily Canada's Covid cases to record high: Health agency

Canada could see daily Covid-19 cases soar to record levels above 10,000 before January if Omicron cases sharply increase, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). "The Omicron variant of concern is a cruel reminder that a global epidemiological situation can change quickly. We all need to be prepared for that", Xinhua news agency quoted Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos as saying. The Delta variant remains the dominant strain in Canada, but the spread of Omicron is increasing. As of December 9, Canada confirmed 87 Omicron cases. While there is a lot of uncertainty about how many cases might be reported, an increase from the current level of over 3,300 cases a day is likely, PHAC said, because Canada is experiencing a "gradual but steady increase" in infections. As of Friday afternoon, Canada reported 3,878 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 1,826,888 cases, including 29,897 deaths. The resurgence in the country's Covid-19 cases is primarily driven by Ontario and Quebec, with both provinces experiencing numbers not seen since spring. Ontario reported 1,453 new Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths while on Friday Quebec reported 2,013 new cases. Canada's national Rt metric that tracks the average number of people one infected person subsequently will infect is now over one. It means the pandemic is again in growth mode, according to PHAC. PHAC said Covid-19 cases could quadruple to 12,000 a day in January if "omicron successfully establishes" and the current levels of transmission are maintained. Omicron's "greater transmissibility" and the potential for "reduced protection from prior infection/vaccination" could drive this resurgence, PHAC said. Even without Omicron circulating widely, PHAC said Canada could still be dealing with another wave of delta cases in the coming year. If the current level of transmission is maintained, cases stand to double to between 6,000 and 7,000 a day in January. If transmission levels increase, a delta-driven wave of roughly 12,000 cases a day is also possible, PHAC said. Canadians between the ages of 5 and 11 are the most likely to contract COVID-19 right now given the low vaccine coverage in this demographic. The infection rate among kids aged 5 to 11 is over 20 cases per 100,000 people - four times higher than the rate for any other age group. Hundreds of new Covid-19 outbreaks have been reported in Canadian schools and child care centers in recent weeks, driving up the infection rate for kids under 12. There have been over 380,000 reported cases in children and youths up to 19 years of age. PHAC added the best way to blunt the spread of the virus is to ramp up the immunization campaign for people 5 to 11 and roll out third doses for other age groups. --IANS int/shs
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Duke hires Texas A&M coordinator Mike Elko as football coach

Duke is turning to Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko to turn around its football program after a two-year slide and a winless Atlantic Coast Conference record. The school announced Elko’s hiring Friday night, ending a nearly two-week process to hire the replacement for David Cutcliffe. The school announced Nov. 28 that Cutcliffe wouldn’t return following the first winless league mark of his 14 seasons. Yahoo! Sports first reported that Duke had reached an agreement with Elko. Elko, 44, has spent the past four seasons as defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Texas A&M, he has also worked as a coordinator at Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Bowling Green in the past decade. This will be his first college head-coaching job. In a statement, athletic director Nina King said Elko possesses “an innovative football mind and a natural ability to connect with both players and coaches around him.” “The university has excelled in everything they’ve ever tried to do, whether that’d be in academics or athletics,” Elko said in a statement. “I’m excited to get to work.” Elko’s stop in Winston-Salem with the Demon Deacons gave him experience working through similar challenges to what he’ll face in Durham, from working at an elite private university to relying on player development to compete in the ACC instead of repeatedly reloading with five-star prospects. Wake Forest, led by coach Dave Clawson, won the league’s Atlantic Division and played in last weekend’s ACC championship game. Elko led this year’s Aggies to rank third in the FBS in scoring defense (15.9 points per game) and No. 20 in total defense (327.5 yards). His defensive experience could be particularly valuable in helping Duke stabilize after a wobbly few years, which included surrendering 46.6 points per game against ACC opponents in 2021. Duke was last out of 130 FBS teams in total defense (518 yards per game) and 127th in scoring defense (39.8 points). But the defensive troubles were only part of what became a steep, and rapid, decline from the past two-plus seasons. That has returned Duke to the bottom of the ACC after Cutcliffe had transformed the program from one of the nation’s worst performers into a regular bowl contender and even an ACC division champion in 2013. Duke won 77 games in Cutcliffe’s 14 seasons with six bowl appearances and three postseason wins, the program’s first since 1961. But the Blue Devils struggled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with Duke having lost 23 of 29 games — including 21 of 23 in the ACC — dating to midway through the 2019 season. That includes 13 straight in league play since beating Syracuse in October 2020. Still, Elko will inherit a program with better infrastructure than when Cutcliffe arrived in December 2007. That includes renovations to Wallace Wade Stadium to remove the track and add the Blue Devil Tower of suites, meeting space and media areas, as well as the construction of an indoor practice facility. This marks the second major hire for King in her first year as athletic director. Shortly after King’s predecessor Kevin White retired, Duke announced that Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski would retire after the 2021-22 season, with associate head coach and former Blue Devils player Jon Scheyer named his successor. ___ Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at https: //twitter. com/aaronbeardap ___ More AP college football: https: //apnews. com/hub/college-football and Sign up for the AP’s college football newsletter: Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
Duke hires Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko as head football coach
College football: Duke hires Texas A&M assistant Mike Elko as head coach


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Redditors are spamming Kellogg's job portal in solidarity with its striking workers

Reddit users are flooding the Kellogg Company's job portal with fake applications after the company recently announced it will replace its striking union workers with new permanent employees. The spammers say they stand in solidarity with the strikers. In a Reddit post in the r/antiwork subreddit, one user by the name of 'BloominFunions' listed the job portal sites for the four hiring plants, encouraging users to apply for the listings in hopes of clogging the system with fabricated applications. As of Friday, the Reddit post has been upvoted more than 62,000 times. "It's time to clog their toilet of an application pipeline", the user wrote. "This is your chance to apply for your 'dream' job." In descriptions of the job listings posted, Kellogg specifically notes that prospective workers would be hired to fill positions from employees on strike. "The Unions representing Kellogg employees in these plants are on strike, and we are looking for employees to permanently replace them, joining hundreds of Kellogg salaried employees, hourly employees, and contractors to keep the lines running", the listing states. NPR reached out to Kellogg for comment. Kris Bahner, a spokesperson for the company, told NPR in an emailed statement the company made every effort to reach a "fair agreement" — including making six comprehensive offers to the union throughout negotiations. "We are very disappointed that [the agreement] was ultimately rejected", Bahner continued. "Because we have an obligation to our customers and consumers to continue to provide the cereals that they know and love. we are hiring permanent replacement employees in positions vacated by striking workers, as is permitted by law." Kellogg workers walked off the job on Oct. 5 at four plants — in Battle Creek, Mich.; Lancaster, Pa.; Memphis, Tenn. and Omaha, Neb. — after the company and the union did not reach an agreement on the terms of a new contract after the previous one expired. The workers' union says Kellogg threatened to send jobs to Mexico. But in an Oct. 12 update, company officials denied the claim. The Kellogg Company has a two-tiered wage system, which some companies tout as a way to save money. In general, under a two-tier system, established workers keep the pay or retirement benefits they're used to, while newer employees get less money and/or benefits. Union members argue the proposed two-tiered wage system will take away power from the union by removing the limit on the number of lower-tiered employees, according to Reuters. In the tentative five-year agreement announced last week, the changes would have brought both a 3% wage hike for longtime "legacy" employees as well as increases for newer, "transitional" workers and new hires, based on how many years they put in with the company. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents the 1,400 striking employees, said in a statement earlier this week that it will continue to provide "full support to our striking Kellogg's members." President Joe Biden commented on the strike against Kellogg, saying he is "deeply troubled" by the company's plans to hire permanent replacements for workers on strike. "Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members' jobs and livelihoods. I strongly support legislation that would ban that practice", Biden said in a tweet.
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Biden admonishes Kellogg Co. for plan to replace striking workers


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2022 Beijing Olympic boycott: What does it mean

"The athletes on Team USA have our full support", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "We will be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home. (But) we will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games."
Biden speaks with new German chancellor Scholz
White House: ‘No Update’ on Biden Calling Families of Michigan High School Shooting Victims


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Former Proud Boys Member Sentenced To 10 Years For Assaulting Protesters In Portland

A self-described member of the Proud Boys was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for injuring people and engaging in violence during two Portland protests held last summer. “This day has been a long time in coming,” Prosecutor Nathan Vasquez told the Oregonian. “He traveled around the country looking for a fight. He came to Portland because he knew he would get that fight.” Swinney was indicted on 12 criminal charges following the protests, and was arrested in September 2020. Videos of Swinney pulling out a gun and pointing it at the crowd of protestors circulated on social media. Prosecutors described Swinney as a former Proud Boy, and he has a “Proud Boy” tattoo on his arm, though members of the right-wing group have distanced themselves, The Oregonian reports. The protests were part of a nationwide wave of demonstrations triggered by George Floyd’s death after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while detaining him for allegedly using a fake $20 bill. Swinney was also sued by a woman named Megan McLain in September 2020 who alleged Swinney shot her in the chest with a paintball gun on purpose when she was observing the protest. This week, Swinney admitted he assaulted the woman, and the lawsuit was settled without Swinney having to pay monetary damages, according to Associated Press. Who Are The Proud Boys, The Group Behind The Controversial Portland Rally? ( Forbes)
Proud Boys Member Alan Swinney Gets 10 Years in Prison for Violent Actions at Protests
Ex-Proud Boys Member Gets 10 Years in Prison for Violence at Portland Protests


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At least 53 dead as truck carrying up to 200 migrants overturns in Mexico

At least 53 people are dead after a lorry loaded with as many as 200 migrants tipped over and crashed into the base of a steel pedestrian bridge in southern Mexico. B y late on Thursday, the death toll stood at 53, and authorities said at least 54 people had been injured. It was one of the worst single-day death tolls for migrants in Mexico since the 2010 massacre of 72 people by the Zetas drug cartel in the northern state of Tamaulipas. Volunteer rescuers hauled bodies off the pile by their arms and legs, while some migrants scrambled and limped to extract themselves from the twisted steel sheets of the collapsed container. The most severely injured, many streaming blood, were carried by their arms and legs to plastic sheets set on the road. The walking wounded were led, stunned and uncomprehending, to the same sheets. Ambulances, cars and pickup trucks were called into service, ferrying the injured to hospitals. Later, the dead were laid in rows of white sheets, side by side, on the highway. Rescue workers who first arrived said that even more migrants had been aboard the lorry when it crashed They had fled for fear of being detained by immigration agents. About 200 migrants may have been packed into the lorry, said Guatemala’s top human rights official, Jordan Rodas. While shocking, that number is not unusual for migrant smuggling operations in Mexico, and the sheer weight of the load – combined with speed and a nearby curve – may have been enough to throw the truck off balance, authorities said. Luis Manuel Moreno, head of the Chiapas state civil defence office, said about 21 of the injured had serious wounds and were taken to local hospitals. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei wrote on Twitter: “I deeply regret the tragedy in Chiapas state, and I express my solidarity for the victims’ families, to whom we will offer all the necessary consular assistance, including repatriation.” At the Vatican, Pope Francis, who visited Chiapas in 2015, sent a telegram of condolences to the archbishop of Tuxtla Gutierrez. In the note, he offered prayers for the victims, their families and for the injured. The lorry had originally been a closed freight module of the kind used to transport perishable goods. The container was smashed open by the force of the impact. It was unclear if the driver survived.
54 dead after truck hauling migrants in Mexico crashes
55 Dead After Truck Smuggling Migrants Headed To US Border Crashes - Washington Free Beacon


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Navy destroyer second-in-command relieved of duty over refusal to take COVID-19 vaccine

A top-ranking officer for U.S. Navy destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill was relieved of duty Friday night over his refusal to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Speaking to Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, a senior US Navy official familiar with the situation said Commander Lucian Kins, the Arleigh Burke-class Navy ship's number-two officer, refused to get vaccinated or tested. Sources tell Fox News that Kins applied for a religious exemption, which was refused by the Navy, and that he later appealed that decision. In a statement issued to Fox News, LCDR Jason S. Fischer, a Navy spokesman, claimed that Kins was relieved of duty "due to loss of confidence" in his ability to perform work duties. "On December 10, 2021, Commander, Naval Surface Squadron 14, Capt. Ken Anderson, relieved Cmdr. Lucian Kins as executive officer of USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) due to loss of confidence in Kins’ ability to perform his duties", Fischer said. Fischer also noted that "Lt. Cmdr. Han Yi, the ship’s plans and tactics officer, is temporarily assigned as executive officer until a permanent relief is identified and that Kins will be "reassigned to the staff of Naval Surface Squadron 14." Prior to the decision by Navy officials, Kins was on track to become the destroyer's commander within the next year and a half. In March, the USS Winston S. Churchill returned to Naval Station Norfolk after being deployed for nearly nine months and traveling more than 60,000 miles, according to Norfolk's WTKR.
Navy commander fired over vaccine refusal
Navy commander fired over vaccine refusal


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Travis Scott seltzer discontinued, says report

by: Addy Bink, Nexstar Media Wire Travis Scott’s hard seltzer has reportedly been discontinued just over a month after a crowd surge killed 10 people and injured many others at his performance during the Astroworld Festival in Houston. Scott announced his hard seltzer line, CACTI, in December, 2020, according to Forbes. The agave spiked seltzers were created in partnership with Anheuser-Busch and began hitting the shelves in early 2021. Anheuser-Busch announced Friday that production and brand development of the CACTI seltzer will be stopped following “careful evaluation,” TMZ reports. “We believe brand fans will understand and respect this decision,” a statement from the beverage company reads. A source tells TMZ the decision to discontinue CACTI was mutual. Anheuser-Busch did not immediately respond to Nexstar’s request for comment. While the website for CACTI remains online as of Friday evening, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter accounts for the spiked seltzer no longer exist. When CACTI launched in March 2021, Anheuser-Busch’s InBev says the brand broke records, selling out in thousands of locations across the U.S. in just 24 hours. Online inventory sold out in half that amount of time. Scott’s line holds the highest rate of sales in its first week for any variety pack in Anheuser-Busch seltzer history. InBev reports Scott, as founder and creator of the CACTI seltzer, worked with Anheuser-Busch’s innovation team to build the brand. In September, the Houston Chronicle reported CACTI had been accused of misleading consumers in a class-action complaint filed against Anheuser-Busch. The woman filing the complaint alleged CACTI had been advertised as being made with 100% blue agave, but instead contained agave sweetener. Anheuser-Busch isn’t the first brand to back away from a Scott line. In mid-November, Nike postponed the release of Scott’s Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack sneakers “out of respect for everyone impacted by the tragic events at the Astroworld Festival.” During a recent interview with radio host Charlamagne tha God, Scott said he didn’t know fans were being injured while he was on stage at the Astroworld festival. More than 300 lawsuits have been filed so far in response to the incident. Those who have been sued include Scott, concert promoter Live Nation, and other companies connected to the event. WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Crews are battling a house fire in Winston-Salem on Friday evening, according to the Winston-Salem Fire Department. The fire is at a home in the 2300 block of Bethabara Haven Drive. GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. Colored interlocking plastic bricks are being used in Guilford County elementary school classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM. Those blocks teachers and students are using are Legos. HIGH POINT, N.C. Chief Travis Stroud said a staffing shortage impacting the High Point Police Department could last years. “The main goal is keeping our people, if we didn’t staff anybody else my goal would be not to lose anyone else,” he said.
Anheuser-Busch Is Discontinuing Travis Scott’s Cacti Hard Seltzer
Travis Scott Cacti Seltzer Discontinued


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Kanye West Publicist Said 'Harrison Ford' Would Help Election Official if She Admitted Fraud

Kanye West's publicist allegedly told a Georgia election official that she would get "Harrison Ford " to help her stay safe if she admitted to committing fraud during the 2020 presidential election. The conversation occurred in the weeks after the election between the publicist, Chicago-based Trevian Kutti, and 62-year-old Ruby Freeman regarding Freeman's actions as a temporary election worker. Freeman had made headlines in December 2020 when former President Donald Trump falsely accused her of counting fake mail-in ballots from mysterious suitcases. In reality, the suitcases were standard ballot holding containers, and that the votes were all legitimate. Forensic audits, including some from former Trump officials, have continued to find no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Freeman stated that she called 911 after Kutti showed up at her suburban Atlanta house in January 2021, claiming that she was sent by an unnamed "high-profile individual." Kutti then told Freeman that she had two days to confess to election fraud or she would be sent to jail. The back-and-forth encounter eventually led to the women agreeing to have a conversation at the police station. Police bodycam footage obtained by Reuters captured a portion of their talk. Kutti can be heard telling Freeman that she "didn't want to frighten you, but we had to find you within this timeframe." After this exchange, Kutti appears to allude to Freeman and her family being in danger if she did not confess to voter fraud. However, Kutti added that she did have a way to ensure Freeman's safety. "We have put in placement a way to move you, to secure you. I cannot say specifically what will take place", Kutti can be heard saying. However, as the conversation continues, Kutti clarifies that the Harrison Ford in question was not the Hollywood star, but rather "a Black progressive crisis manager, with very high level, with authoritative powers to get you protection that you need." The phone conversation with Ford was not captured on bodycam footage, but Freeman stated that Ford and Kutti attempted for an hour to get her to confess to voter fraud, although they were unsuccessful. Additional interactions included Kutti calling Freeman a "loose end for a party that needs to tidy up", and telling her that she would go to jail if she didn't reveal all of her information. Kutti's online profile states that she started working for Kanye West in 2018. West is a known supporter of former President Trump and famously met with him in the Oval Office. West also ran for president in 2020 on the ticket for his own party, called The Birthday Party. Over the past year on Instagram, Kutti has appeared to post everything from COVID-19 conspiracy theories to continuing claims of fraud in the 2020 election. She has also reportedly worked for a networking group called the Women's Global Initiative, which described her as a member of "the Young Black Leadership Council under President Donald Trump."
Kanye West publicist attempted to pry bogus fraud confession out of Georgia election worker: report
Publicist linked to Kanye West pushed election worker to confess to Trump's fraud claims: Reuters


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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Counters Governor's School Mask Mandate, Onus Now on Schools

Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court Friday ruled to invalidate a mask mandate for K-12 schools and child care facilities that was issued by the state's acting health secretary, leaving the decision of requiring masks for students in the hands of school districts. The decision to throw out the mandate was made as cases have risen over 20 percent over the past two weeks, with an average of over 4,000 hospitalizations per day, which is a 55 percent increase since the middle of November. The Associated Press reported Thursday that nursing homes and some hospitals are overwhelmed due to the increase in cases and staff shortages. The state Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that said the state's acting health secretary Alison Beam didn't have the authority to require masks without an existing disaster emergency declaration from the governor, a decision Gov. Tom Wolf's press secretary Beth Rementer called "extremely disappointing", according to The Associated Press. "The administration recognizes that many school districts want to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff, and we are hopeful they will make appropriate mitigation decisions moving forward", Rementer said. In July, 59 of 474 school districts in the state had submitted a plan to the Education Department saying they would require masks for the current school year, regardless of state orders. Rementer called masks "a proven and simple way to keep kids in school without interruption and participate in sports and other extracurricular activities", and said the administration hopes that schools prioritize the health and safety of their students going forward. The practical impact of the decision will depend on what the justices say in the written opinion or opinions they will issue in the case and which schools and school districts impose their own masking requirements. The lower court found Pennsylvania's disease control law does not give health secretaries "the blanket authority to create new rules and regulations out of whole cloth, provided they are related in some way to the control of disease or can otherwise be characterized as disease control measures." "The decision will be left to the 500 school districts in Pennsylvania, with respect to what to do with the implications of this order", said Thomas W. King III, a lawyer for the Republican lawmakers, school districts, schools and parents who sued to challenge it. King, who has advised against mask mandates, said school boards will have to consult their own lawyers about what policy to now adopt. "This is a great day in Pennsylvania for the rule of law", King said. "The Supreme Court has proved that no one is above the law, and that includes the secretary of health or the governor." The decision comes just two days after the high court heard oral arguments in the case. The lawsuit was filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre; state Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford; two religious schools; three public school districts; and several parents of schoolchildren. Beam's actions, the litigants argued, left the public unable to voice their opinions and the General Assembly unable to review the policy's legality or necessity, and violated state law. The attorney general's office, representing Beam, told the court earlier this week there does not appear to be anything to prevent schools and school districts from issuing their own masking orders. The mask mandate took effect in early September. Wolf announced in November he intends to return authority over masking decisions to local school districts in January, but will continue to require masks in child care centers and early learning programs.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Throws Out School Mask Mandate
Pennsylvania's high court strikes down school mask mandate


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REPORT: Cuomo Brothers Planned To Smear Janice Dean Who Raised Alarm Over Nursing Home Scandal

Former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with the help of his brother Chris and top-aide Melissa DeRosa, reportedly plotted to discredit Fox News meteorologist and host for being a vocal critic of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Janice Dean became a major critic of the New York governor over his handling of the pandemic inside the state’s nursing homes after losing both her in-laws in elder-care facilities in 2020. The Daily Caller News Foundation reported in May 2020 that New York had undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths among nursing home patients by as much as 50%. DeRosa and other close aides of Cuomo planned to discredit Dean as a “right-wing commentator” for being a vocal critic of the governor’s pandemic policies, CNBC reported. DeRosa crafted strategies to attempt to silence Dean’s criticisms, sources familiar with the matter told the outlet. The governor, along with many close allies, reportedly attended some of the strategy sessions where Dean was mentioned, according to the outlet. The sessions largely focused on the Cuomo administration’s response to the pandemic. Former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo was reportedly encouraged to gather information on Dean’s political affiliation, sources familiar with the matter told the outlet. It is unclear if Cuomo ever sought out information on the Fox News host. Rich Azzopardi, a spokesperson for the former governor, told the outlet that he had no knowledge of Chris seeking information on Dean. He reportedly said the strategy sessions were not centered around her and that her criticisms were addressed by Cuomo’s press office. “We had no ‘strategy sessions’ about Janice Dean and to the extent that the press office had to respond to something she said, it was handled by the press office and did not rise to the level of something the governor would be engaged with,” he said in a Friday email. Dean said that her criticisms were not political but watched as families, including herself, grieved on behalf of the victims, according to the outlet. She said Azzopardi called herself and other vocal critics “a death cult.” “As I have said from day one, this was never about politics,” Dean said. “I watched first-hand how the governor’s office treated grieving families trying to get answers about the March 25th, 2020 executive order to admit over 9,000 Covid positive patients into nursing homes.” “Instead of addressing our concerns or expressing their condolences, Cuomo’s spokesperson Rich Azzopardi called us a ‘death cult’ and told my sister-in-law to ‘get a life’ not long after both her parents died.” Dean called Azzopardi’s criticisms towards her “misogynistic” and said she is “not surprised” that the Cuomo brothers tried to silence her, the outlet reported. She concluded that she is “glad these details are coming to light.” In March 2020, the New York Department of Health (DOH) ordered that COVID-positive nursing home patients could not be turned away from facilities, leading Dean to blame the governor and the directive for the deaths of her in-laws. The DOH changed its reporting procedures in May to only count patients who physically died in the facility. Azzopardi fired back against Dean’s earlier criticisms that blamed the governor and the DOH’s directive for her in-laws’ deaths in a statement to the Daily Mail earlier this year, according to the outlet. “Last I checked she’s not a credible source on anything except maybe the weather,” he said. The FBI investigated whether Cuomo’s aides intentionally reported false information on the number of nursing home deaths. In July, the Justice Department announced it would not continue the case.