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    TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel plans to ease more restrictions on businesses on Sunday and reopen hotels and gyms to those fully vaccinated or deemed immune after recovering from COVID-19, the government said. With nearly 43% of citizens having received at least one shot of Pfizer Inc's vaccine, Israel has pushed ahead with a gradual relaxing of lockdown measures imposed on Dec. 27. Malls, open-air markets, libraries and museums will be allowed to reopen on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said in a statement on Monday. Also on Sunday, Israelis in possession of a "Green Pass" - a certificate of presumed COVID-19 immunity, displayed on an Israeli Health Ministry app - will be allowed entry to leisure facilities such as gyms and hotels, the statement said. Officials had initially planned to launch the Green Pass leisure access on Feb. 23. Israel is on course to fully inoculate 30% of...
    SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — The University of Rhode Island has received a $50,000 gift from an alumnus to establish a scholarship for qualified Black students or for students from other underrepresented populations to study to become pharmacists. Fewer than 5% of all pharmacists are Black, the university said in a statement this week, citing information from Pharmacy Times. RELATED: Wrentham Outlets Smash And Grab Being Investigated By Police The scholarship established by the donation from Dr. Kenneth Lawrence, who graduated from URI’s pharmacy program in 1990, is named the Robert and Birdie Lawrence Endowed Scholarship in honor of his parents. RELATED: Dropkick Murphys Streaming Free Virtual Concert This St. Patricks Day “Pharmacy is not a job; it’s a career, and it is something you have to work extremely hard on, especially if you’re African American,” Lawrence said in a statement. “The disparity in this country still exists. There is...
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Basketball legend Michael Jordan is donating $10 million to launch two medical clinics in underserved communities near his hometown in North Carolina, a regional health care system announced Monday. The Novant Health clinics are set to open in early 2022 in New Hanover County along North Carolina’s southeastern coast, according to a statement from the system. The gift marks one of the largest ever from the Basketball Hall of Fame athlete, news outlets reported. Jordan previously gave $7 million to open Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte in 2019 and 2020. Those clinics have since seen more than 4,500 patients and have administered nearly 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines, Novant Health said. “I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in my hometown,” Jordan said in a statement. “Everyone should...
    The rapper’s father Nicki minaj died after being run over by a hit-and-run driver near New York City, police said Sunday. Robert Maraj, 64, was walking along a road in Mineola, Long Island, at 6:00 p.m. Friday when he was hit, the Nassau County Police Department said in a statement. The driver left the crash site and Maraj was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Saturday. The investigation is ongoing, ”the police added. The statement did not specify Maraj’s relationship with Minaj, but a police spokesperson confirmed that it was her father. Minaj, 38, was born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in the Queens borough of New York City. The rapper has been nominated for ten Grammy Awards during her career. Source: Excelsior
    Getty JaVale McGee with Dwight Howard & Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This current Los Angeles Lakers team looks quite a bit different than the one that won the championship last season. One thing that really sticks out is how much smaller the team is compared to last season. Dwight Howard left the team in the offseason and JaVale McGee was traded. Those two big men were replaced by Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell, who are both smaller and less athletic. The move has paid off so far but the Lakers could regret letting McGee go. His role wasn’t very big in the playoffs last season but he was a key player for the squad and started every game he played in the regular season. However, he doesn’t have any bad blood with the team. On a recent appearance on the Posted Up podcast, McGee opened up about the trade. “It didn’t...
    PARIS (Reuters) - France's largest bank BNP Paribas pledged on Monday to stop financing firms producing or buying either beef or soybeans cultivated on land in the Amazon cleared or converted after 2008. The lender also said it would encourage clients not to buy or produce beef or soy farmed in the Cerrado, a vast tropical savanna eco-region covering 20% of Brazil, only financing those which adopt a strategy of zero deforestation by 2025. Environmental campaign groups said BNP Paribas' move sent a strong signal to companies trading commodities in the region, but pressed for faster action. "Financial institutions exposed to the agricultural sector in Brazil must contribute to this fight against deforestation. This is the case for BNP Paribas," the bank said in a statement. Soy and beef are two of the largest drivers of global deforestation. Population growth and rapidly expanding middle classes in countries like China have...
    Homework and headaches: Study shows why remote students are more stressed WHO Wuhan mission finds possible signs of wider original outbreak in 2019 The Queen, Prince Philip, and Prince Charles said they are delighted that Meghan Markle is pregnant © Provided by INSIDER The Duchess of Sussex and Her Majesty The Queen. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images The royal family said they are "delighted" that Meghan and Harry are expecting a baby. The Duchess and Duchess of Sussex announced the news on Sunday.  This will be the couple's second child, after Archie Harrison was born in 2019. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The royal family said they are "delighted" that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child. Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the news on Sunday with the statement: "We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother....
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States on Monday of supporting Kurdish militants who Ankara says executed 13 kidnapped Turks in northern Iraq, adding that a U.S. statement of condemnation was a "a joke". Turkey said on Sunday militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) executed the 13 Turks, including military and police personnel, amid a military operation against the group. Washington said it condemned the killings if reports that the PKK was responsible were confirmed. Erdogan told supporters of his AK Party that the U.S. statement showed it supported the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish YPG force, which Ankara considers an offshoot of the PKK. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay; Editing by Dominic Evans) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Turkey, United States, crime, Islam, Iraq, Asia, Middle East, Europe, kidnapping
    The Duchess of Sussex and Her Majesty The Queen. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images The royal family said they are "delighted" that Meghan and Harry are expecting a baby. The Duchess and Duchess of Sussex announced the news on Sunday.  This will be the couple's second child, after Archie Harrison was born in 2019. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The royal family said they are "delighted" that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their second child. Representatives for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced the news on Sunday with the statement: "We can confirm that Archie is going to be a big brother. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to be expecting their second child." They shared the statement alongside a photo, taken remotely by the couple's longtime friend and photographer Misan Harrisman. A post shared by Misan Harriman (@misanharriman) "Her...
    The Los Angeles Police Department is launching an internal investigation after a complaint about a photo being passed among officers showing a mock Valentine’s Day card with an image of George Floyd and the words, “You take my breathe away.” In a statement, the department said the allegations included the claim that the image “was being passed around the department,” and that it was “in the workplace.” Officials said the officer who brought forward the complaint last week would be interviewed. “If found any employee or supervisor is directed to take possession (of the image) and identify those present,” officials said in the statement. “The Department will have zero tolerance for this type of behavior.” Jasmyne Cannick, a Los Angeles-based political advisor and activist, on Saturday published an email from an LAPD Harbor Division commander to his staff that described the image, which included a photo of Floyd and the text...
    Joe Biden has called Jill the 'love of his life' in a soppy Valentine's Day tweet after spending Presidents' Day weekend playing Mario Kart with his grandchildren at Camp David. The 78-year-old posted a picture of himself with his arms around his wife at last month's inauguration, writing: 'The love of my life and the life of my love. Happy Valentine's Day, Jilly.' The couple, who have been married for 44 years, spent the holiday weekend at the president's country retreat in Maryland, to 'just hang out with the family and do what we always do,' Biden told reporters. His granddaughter Naomi, one of Hunter's children, posted several pictures on social media, including Biden wearing a new baseball cap and playing Mario Kart. 'We bought him some swag since it's Presidents' Day weekend and he's "literally" President,' the 26-year-old law graduate wrote on Twitter.   She also posted a clip to...
    (CNN)It was a Valentine's Day miracle. An officer who stopped to help who he thought was a stranded motorist near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport Sunday morning quickly discovered the vehicle's passenger was actually in labor, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. The officer immediately called the Chicago Fire Department for assistance. But the woman could not wait for an ambulance as the baby was already crowning, police said.How chocolate fell in love with Valentines Day"The officer was at the right place at the right time and was able to deliver a health baby boy," police said.Read MoreThe mother and her baby were transported to a nearby hospital and are both "doing great," the statement added."While we would like to highlight this 25-year veteran officer and his remarkable work, he would prefer the spotlight be focused on mother and son," police said. "Congratulations to the new mother and Happy...
    Jamaican authorities on Sunday said a Jet Blue flight attendant vacationing on the island was not kidnapped despite a social media campaign to save her. The Jamaica Constabulary Force said in a statement that Kalina Collier tested positive for coronavirus upon arriving from the US and was in isolation as mandated by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Police decided to visit her Saturday after posts on social media using the hashtag #KalinaCollier claimed she was kidnapped in the country. Authorities quickly determined that Collier was fine. “She is not, nor was she at any time, in any danger,” according to the JCF statement. Collier was expected to fly out of Jamaica later Sunday following her 14-day quarantine, The Gleaner reported. The American issued her own statement to Instagram on Sunday, affirming she was never missing or kidnapped. Collier did, however, allege the resort staff of harassing...
    LADY Antebellum have always been lovingly known by fans as Lady A. However, in 2020 the country music band decided to use this nickname as their new name. 2Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A in 2020Credit: Getty Images - Getty Why did Lady Antebellum change their name to Lady A? On June 11, 2020 Lady Antebellum revealed they had changed their name to Lady A. They did this because Antebellum has connotations with the slavery era. The word is used to refer to the period and architecture in the US South before the Civil War. They say they took the name from the architectural style, but are now "deeply sorry for the hurt this has caused". 2Lady Antebellum released a statement apologizing for their original nameCredit: Getty Images What have Lady A said about their name change? The trio - Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood - made...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The North Carolina Republican Party is expected to vote Monday on whether to censure Sen. Richard Burr over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump during Trump’s second impeachment trial. Party spokesman Tim Wigginton told multiple news outlets Sunday that the group’s central committee would meet for the vote Monday night. Burr is one of seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump of “incitement of insurrection.” Burr initially voted against the trial’s constitutionality, but said he resolved to be an “impartial juror” once the full Senate decided to proceed. North Carolina GOP Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement Saturday that Burr’s vote to convict “in a trial that he declared unconstitutional is shocking and disappointing.” Burr said in a statement after the trial that Trump “bears responsibility” for the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “The evidence is compelling that President Trump...
    Nissan has issued a statement denying that it’s in discussions to work with Apple on the US company’s long-rumored autonomous car project. Earlier today the Financial Times reported that the Japanese automaker had engaged in talks with Apple “We are not in talks with Apple,” a Nissan spokesperson tells Reuters. “However, Nissan is always open to exploring collaborations and partnerships to accelerate industry transformation.” That statement doesn’t address whether the talks ever took place, which means it doesn’t directly contradict the Financial Times’ story. That report said that “the contact was brief and the discussions did not advance to senior management levels following divisions over branding for the iPhone maker’s electric vehicles.” The breaking point was said to be Apple’s request that Nissan manufacture cars carrying Apple’s branding. “We have our own customer satisfaction, which comes by car. No way we are going to change the way we make...
    President Joe Biden demanded Congress pass new gun control measures on the three-year anniversary of the Parkland school shooting. “This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting” to pass new legislation, he announced in a statement. Biden called for universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and legal liability for gun manufacturers, all positions he pushed during his campaign. (RELATED: ‘It’s A Disaster’: Joe Biden’s Gun Plan Could Bankrupt The Firearms Industry, Advocates Say) Biden invoked the memory of the 17 students who were killed on Feb. 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones … All across our nation, parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends have known the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence,” the statement read. The pro-gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety hailed Biden’s statement,...
    On the third anniversary of a school shooting that left 17 people dead, U.S. President Joe Biden called for tighter laws governing guns. Sunday marks the third anniversary of a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 14 students and three staff members.  Another 17 people were injured. The tragedy turned some survivors into household names across America as they fought for safer schools and stronger gun control laws. “Our hearts are with everyone in the community today and every day,” March for Our Lives, the organization started by student survivors of the 2018 attack, wrote on Twitter. 2.14.18Our hearts are with everyone in the community today and every day. pic.twitter.com/t8IehQesOr— March For Our Lives (@AMarch4OurLives) February 14, 2021 In a statement released Sunday, Biden lauded the efforts of survivors and activists from Parkland to call for better gun laws. “This Administration will not...
    The 32-year-old DJ, who was part of Mr Biden’s campaign team. Douglas joined the White House after the presidential election, becoming deputy spokesman for the US administration’s spokesman Jen Zaki. Following the incident, he was initially suspended without pay. But his resignation has now been accepted by the president, Zen Zaki said in a statement. According to Vanity Fair magazine, Mr. Taclo had a heated phone conversation with Tara Palmerie, a journalist with the Politico site, who asked him about her months-long close relationship with Alexi McMund, another journalist with the Axios website. In the ethical questions it may raise. “I’m going to destroy you”, Mr. Taclo was introduced to Tara Palmer, according to Vanity Fair’s account of the incident, and she made “disgusting and misleading comments” to the press. Ms Zaki clarified that the White House had accepted Douglas’ resignation after talking to him on...
    Johnny Manziel is back as part of Fan Controlled Football and is already proving he hasn’t changed one bit. Johnny Manziel is playing professional football once again. The fact this statement is being made in February takes away any potential shock of him making an NFL return. No, Manziel is back as part of the Fan Controlled Football league and made his debut Saturday night with the Zappers. His team fell in a close game, but Manziel gave a perfect quote following the loss that proves he hasn’t changed one bit.Manziel still the same guyThe 28-year-old’s postgame statements were shared in a USA Today article and one quote stands out the most. “The product will keep getting better as the weeks go on,’’ Manziel said. “Good start even with the loss. You know, win or lose we booze on the Zappers.’’ Win or lose we booze. There you have it,...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will participate in a virtual G7 event on Friday where he plans to discuss efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and rebuild the world economy.It's his first meeting with leaders from the Group of Seven nations as president. He'll specifically focus on areas, including "coordination on vaccine production, distribution, and supplies, as well as continued efforts to mobilize and cooperate against the threat of emerging infectious diseases by building country capacity and establishing health security financing," a White House statement released Sunday evening said.When it comes to rebuilding an economy badly battered by the pandemic, the President, the statement continued, is set to focus on "the importance of all industrialized countries maintaining economic support for the recovery."The virtual meeting, hosted by the United Kingdom, will also include leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the European Commission and European Council.Read MoreBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a...
    Instagram Kalina Collier, an American flight attendant for JetBlue from New York, was not kidnapped in Jamaica, authorities say. Kalina Collier is a New York woman and JetBlue flight attendant whose Instagram posts sparked fears she was kidnapped or missing in Jamaica. But authorities say the 22-year-old was actually quarantined on the island after testing positive for COVID-19 when she arrived on January 28, 2021. Collier traveled to Jamaica with her mother and friends, according to her social media posts. She said was being held against her will at a resort and feared being trafficked. On February 14, the Jamaica Constabulary Force issued a statement saying, “The Police are advising members of the public to dismiss as rumour information that has been circulated via social and other media that American National Kalina Collier was kidnapped in Jamaica. The police assert the information is baseless and mischievous.” Collier also...
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis women’s basketball coach Melissa McFerrin is retiring effective immediately. The school’s athletic director Laird Veatch announced McFerrin’s retirement Sunday. McFerrin has a 193-199 record in her 13th season at Memphis, the third most wins in school history. Her overall record is 243-269 in 17 seasons. Memphis is 4-10 overall, 2-7 in the American Athletic Conference this season. “I have coached my entire career with personal and professional goals in alignment,” McFerrin said in a statement released by the school. “But things change over time. I remained at Memphis the past two seasons to see the renovation of Elma Roane Fieldhouse completed and to coach a group of young women in which I have a tremendous belief. “In arriving at the decision to retire, this time, personal reasons have won out over professional ones. It is time for a new season in my life.” Associate head...
    Drew Angerer/Getty Images Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) released a blistering statement condemning Donald Trump and defending her vote to impeach the former president for incitement of insurrection. Trump was acquitted over incitement to insurrection when the Senate failed to reach the supermajority of votes necessary to convict him for riling up his violent supporters to storm the Capitol. The 57-43 vote was the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote in U.S. history however, for Murkowski and 6 of her Republican colleagues broke with their party and sided with Democrats in declaring Trump guilty. On Sunday, Murkowski’s office released a statement saying that between Trump’s actions and his conduct after losing the 2020 election, “the facts make clear that the violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising.” From the statement: President Trump did everything in his power to stay in power....
    Reuters February 14, 2021 0 Comments A White House press aide who repeatedly threatened a reporter working on a story about his romantic life resigned on Saturday. Vanity Fair reported Friday that the aide, TJ Ducklo, told a reporter for Politico “I will destroy you” and made other crude remarks when asked to comment on a report that he was dating a Washington journalist. The White House initially suspended him without pay. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Saturday that Ducklo had resigned. Ducklo said in a statement posted on Twitter that “no words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior.” (Reporting by Brad Heath; Editing by Alistair Bell)
    Savannah Rychcik February 14, 2021 0 Comments President Joe Biden is marking the third anniversary of the Parkland shooting by urging Congress to enact “commonsense gun law reforms.” “For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones,” Biden wrote in a statement on Sunday. He added, “Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence.” Biden explained how families of Parkland have taught the nation to turn grief “into purpose.” He said Americans can “march, organize, and build a strong, inclusive, and durable movement for change.” Read his statement below: Todays the anniversary of the Parkland shooting, and Biden has released a statement this morning calling on Congress "to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales [and] banning assault weapons...
    Washington (CNN)President Joe Biden on Sunday called on Congress to institute "commonsense gun law reforms," including widespread firearm sales background checks and a ban on assault weapons -- highlighting an "epidemic of gun violence" in the US on the third anniversary of the deadly Parkland school shooting."Today, I am calling on Congress to enact commonsense gun law reforms, including requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets," Biden said in a statement."This administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call," the statement reads. "We will take action to end our epidemic of gun violence and make our schools and communities safer."The call from Biden comes three years after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, leaving 17...
    Beer, a favorite drink of ancient Egypt, was brewed at this funeral site, according to a statement released by the ministry on its Facebook page. “The Egyptian-American archaeological mission, led by Matthew Adams of New York University and Deborah Vischak of Princeton University, discovered what appears to be the world’s oldest large-scale production brewery.”, the statement said. The beer factory “probably dates back to the era of King Narmer,” said the secretary general of the Egyptian General Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, quoted in the text. Narmer is the first king who united Upper and Lower Egypt. He ruled over 5,000 years ago and is considered by some to be the founder of the First Dynasty of Pharaohs. British archaeologists made discoveries at the start of the 20th century that led them to believe that an old brewery was in the area, but they had not been able...
    KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Ethiopian forces crossed the border into Sudanese territory in an act of "aggression", Sudan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday. "Ethiopia's trespass into Sudanese land is an unfortunate and unacceptable escalation, which could have dangerous repercussions on security and stability in the region," the Sudanese foreign ministry said in a statement. Ethiopian foreign ministry officials could not be immediately reached for comment. Clashes erupted late last year between Sudanese and Ethiopian forces over Al-Fashqa, an area settled by Ethiopian farmers which lies on the Sudanese side of a border demarcated at the start of the 20th century. Last month, Sudan claimed that an Ethiopian aircraft had crossed the border, a charge Ethiopia denies. (Reporting by Nayera Abdallah and Khalid Abdelaziz, writing by Nafisa Eltahir; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Ethiopia, Africa, Sudan
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden on Trump acquittal: 'Substance of the charge is not in dispute' White House press aide resigns after threatening Politico reporter Trump conviction vote exposes GOP divide MORE called on Congress to pass "commonsense gun law reforms" on Sunday in a message marking the third anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. "Today, as we mourn with the Parkland community, we mourn for all who have lost loved ones to gun violence," Biden said in a statement released by the White House. In the statement, the president called for several specific provisions to be adopted into legislation by Congress, including an end to legal immunity for gun manufacturers, a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and an expansion of federal background checks.  "This Administration will not wait for the next mass shooting to heed that call" from Parkland activists and other young Americans,...
    On the third anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, President Biden called upon Congress to "enact commonsense gun law reforms." In a Sunday statement, Biden recalled the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, including 14 students. "For three years now, the Parkland families have spent birthdays and holidays without their loved ones," he said. "They’ve missed out on the experience of sending their children off to college or seeing them on their first job after high school. Like far too many families, they’ve had to bury pieces of their soul deep within the Earth. Like far too many families — and, indeed, like our nation — they’ve been left to wonder whether things would ever be okay." Nikolas Cruz, the suspected lone gunman in the shooting, has pleaded guilty in hopes of avoiding the death penalty, and his trial has been...
    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) addresses reporters in the Capitol on February 10, 2021.Greg Nash/CNP via ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of seven Republicans who voted Saturday to convict former President Donald Trump with inciting the January 6 attack on the Capitol, explained her decision in a scathing statement Sunday morning.  “The facts make clear that the violence and desecration of the Capitol that we saw on January 6 was not a spontaneous uprising,” Murkowski said. “President Trump had set the stage months before the 2020 election by stating repeatedly that the election was rigged, casting doubt into the minds of the American people about the fairness of the election.” In her more than 800 word statement, Murkowski outlines Trump’s lies after election day about...
    Before there was the King of Beers, there was the Pharaoh of Beers. A team of archaeologists in southern Egypt has uncovered what’s believed to be the world’s oldest large-scale brewery, dating back more than 5,000 years. “The joint Egyptian-American archaeological mission, headed by Dr. Matthew Adams of New York University, and Dr. Deborah Vischak of Princeton University, working in North Abydos, Sohag, has uncovered what is believed to be the oldest high-production brewery in the world,” Egypt’s tourism ministry wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. The suds shop “likely dates back to the era of King Narmer,” who ruled around 3100 BC and is widely credited with uniting Upper and Lower Egypt, the post quotes Mostafa Waziry, the secretary general of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, as saying. The sprawling brewery consists of eight sectors, each with about 40 earthenware pots divided into two rows — and...
    (CNN)In the wake of the Senate's decision Saturday to acquit Donald Trump of a charge of incitement of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, the former President released a celebratory -- and, at times, cryptic -- statement.Trump's statement had two clear goals: 1) To dismiss even the notion that he would be chastened or changed by the fact that seven Republican senators voted to convict and remove him from office and, even among those who voted to acquit him, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, there was a widespread admission that he had behaved in ways that were potentially criminal.2) To make clear that he is not done with politics, and that those who crossed him on this vote might well feel the sting of his retribution in two years or four.On the first point, Trump sought to, somehow, connect this impeachment trial with his last...
    One of the Democratic House impeachment managers charged with prosecuting former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden on Trump acquittal: 'Substance of the charge is not in dispute' North Carolina GOP condemns Burr for impeachment vote against Trump Toomey on Trump vote: 'His betrayal of the Constitution' required conviction MORE in his second impeachment trial defended her party's decision not to call witnesses in the Senate proceedings, saying on Sunday the managers had proved their case. Del. Stacey PlaskettStacey PlaskettPlaskett quips male lawmakers 'would not have their wives in one attempt talking to her' during impeachment trial Stacey Plaskett becomes first non-voting delegate in history to serve as impeachment manager The Memo: New riot footage stuns Trump trial MORE (D-V.I.) said on CNN's "State of the Union" that she believed she and her colleagues had convinced the majority of GOP senators of Trump's guilt in inciting the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, pointing...
    White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo announced Saturday that he is resigning for the "abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable" threats he made to a female reporter in January. Ducklo's resignation comes one day after he was placed on a one-week suspension over the incident.  Vanity Fair reported on Friday that Ducklo had threatened to "destroy" Politico reporter Tara Palmeri if she continued to pursue a story about his relationship with Axios reporter Alexi McCammond. McCammond had previously covered the Biden campaign up until November, when she told her editors about her relationship with Ducklo and was reassigned to cover progressives and Vice President Kamala Harris.  CBS News has not been able to independently verify the phone call, but the conversation three weeks ago prompted a series of moves by the White House communications office, two people familiar with the situation told CBS News. It is unclear why it took more than...
    TJ Ducklo, 32, who was part of Mr Biden’s campaign team, joined the White House after the presidential election, becoming a deputy to Jen Psaki, the spokesman for the US executive . Following the incident, he was initially suspended without pay. But the presidency has now accepted the resignation he submitted, Jen Psaki said in a statement. According to Vanity Fair magazine, Mr. Ducklo had a heated telephone conversation with a journalist from the Politico site, Tara Palmeri, who asked him about the intimate relationship he had for several months with another journalist, Alexi McCammmond, of the Axios website, and on the ethical questions it might raise. “I am going to destroy you”, had launched Mr. Ducklo to Tara Palmeri, according to the account of the incident made by Vanity Fair, and he had moreover “made derogatory and misogynistic remarks” towards the journalist. Ms Psaki...
    “Even if the final vote did not result in a conviction, the merits of the accusation are not in dispute,” said the Democrat after the acquittal voted by the US Senate in the second impeachment trial of his predecessor republican. “This sad chapter in our history reminded us that democracy is fragile. That it must always be defended. That we must always remain vigilant,” Joe Biden said in a statement. For the second time acquitted. Former US President Donald Trump escaped a guilty verdict on Saturday after a historic trial before the US Senate, which tried him for his role in the January 6 violence on Capitol Hill. Senators were a majority – 57 out of 100 – to vote for a conviction of the billionaire. But it would have taken two-thirds of the upper house to reach a guilty verdict which could have been followed by a sentence...
    BEIJING (AP) – China responded sternly Sunday to allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld information about the coronavirus outbreak from researchers at the World Health Organization. On Friday, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a statement that Washington had « deep concerns about how the first findings in the COVID-19 investigations were communicated as well as doubts about the procedure used to achieve them ”. « It is imperative that this report is independent, in which the conclusions of the experts are free from the intervention or alteration of the Chinese government, » said Sullivan, referring to a WHO mission to investigate the origin of the pandemic in the city. from Wuhan, central China, where the coronavirus was first detected in late 2019. « To better understand this pandemic and better prepare for the next one, China must make its information available for the initial days of the outbreak, »...
    Former President Donald Trump overcame his second “impeachment” when he was acquitted by the Senate of the charge of “inciting an insurrection” in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, immediately after, he issued a statement to allude to the possibility of returning to the politics. In a fleeting impeachment trial, which lasted only five days, the script was carried out as expected and the Republicans in the Senate, appointed as a jury in this impeachment, saved Trump and prevented the Democrats from gaining enough support to convict him. Only seven Republicans voted to convict Trump for “inciting an insurrection”: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Mitt Romney, Ben Sasse, Bill Cassidy, Pat Toomey and Richard Burr. 1) 57 IN FAVOR OF CONDEMNING TRUMP, 43 AGAINST The final score was 57 in favor of the conviction and 43 against, insufficient figures for the Democrats who needed a majority of 67 votes...
    A boat carrying 48 passengers was wrecked off the Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday February 13. Rescued migrants brought back to Tunisia A drama occurred in Mediterranean, Saturday February 13 when a boat carrying 48 migrants was wrecked off the Italian island of Lampedusa.The Tunisian navy took part in a rescue operation which took place around 100 km northwest of the archipelago, the newspaper reports. Le Figaro.In a statement, she detailed having rescued 25 migrants of different African nationalities, including 6 women. They were brought back to Tunisia, note 7 of 7. A dead person Migrants, cited by the statement, said their boat set sail in the port region of Sidi Mansour, in the province of Sfax (center-east of Tunisia), in the night from Friday to Saturday. The boat carried 48 people, 22 migrants are missing, and the navy recovered a lifeless body. Due to...
    President Joe Biden’s deputy press secretary T.J. Ducklo resigned Saturday, unable to survive the scandal of verbally abusing a female reporter on the phone. “No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior,” Ducklo wrote in his resignation statement, admitting that his conversation was “abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki accepted Ducklo’s resignation in a statement on Saturday evening. “We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions,” she said, noting that senior staff spoke with Ducklo about the incident on Saturday evening. The incident between Ducklow and Politico reporter Tara Palmeri began on January 20th on Biden’s Inauguration Day. In a phone conversation with Palmeri, Ducklo threatened to “destroy” her after she called...
    BEIJING (AP) — China fired back Sunday at the U.S. over allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld some information about the coronavirus outbreak from World Health Organization investigators. In a statement Friday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington had “deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them.” “It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government," he said, referring to the WHO mission investigating the origins of the pandemic in the central city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late in 2019. "To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak." Sullivan's statement said. China responded with a statement from...
    President BidenJoe BidenGraham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Overnight Defense: Pentagon, Congress appoint panel members to rename Confederate bases | Military approves 20 more coronavirus vaccination teams Lawmakers give standing ovation for Officer Eugene Goodman MORE on late Saturday night issued a statement on the acquittal of former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol Police issues no confidence vote in leaders Graham's post-election call with Georgia's Secretary of State will be investigated: report Trump told McCarthy that rioters 'more upset about the election than you are': report MORE, in which he said that he was thinking about those who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6, adding that though Republican senators largely did not vote against Trump, the “substance of the charge” was not in dispute. The Senate voted 57-43 on Saturday to acquit Trump of the charge of incitement of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. At...
    President Joe Biden issued a statement late Saturday, hours after the U.S. Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on an article of impeachment for "inciting an insurrection." "While the final vote did not lead to a conviction, the substance of the charge is not in dispute," Biden wrote. "Even those opposed to the conviction, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, believe Donald Trump was guilty of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' and "practically and morally responsible for provoking' the violence unleashed on the Capitol." This is a developing story. Check back for updates.Dom Calicchio is a Senior Editor at FoxNews.com. Reach him at [email protected]
    BEIJING (AP) — China fired back Sunday at the U.S. over allegations from the White House that Beijing withheld some information about the coronavirus outbreak from World Health Organization investigators. In a statement Friday, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington had “deep concerns about the way in which the early findings of the COVID-19 investigation were communicated and questions about the process used to reach them.” “It is imperative that this report be independent, with expert findings free from intervention or alteration by the Chinese government,” he said, referring to the WHO mission investigating the origins of the pandemic in the central city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late in 2019. “To better understand this pandemic and prepare for the next one, China must make available its data from the earliest days of the outbreak.” Sullivan’s statement said. China responded...
    . and . La Jornada newspaperSaturday, February 13, 2021, p. a10 Tokyo Since the intense emotion of the day in which the Japanese capital was chosen as the Olympic venue for 2020, the road to the Tokyo Games, marked a year ago by the Covid-19 pandemic, has been strewn with obstacles. The most recent, the resignation as chairman of the organizing committee of Yoshiro Mori, a week after his sexist criticism that women talk too much, which sparked public outrage. My inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos. I want to step down as president as of today (yesterday), Mori, 83, said at a Tokyo 2020 executive council meeting. The important thing is to organize the Games in July, my presence does not have to become an obstacle, added the one who was Prime Minister of Japan (2000-2001). Mori caused anger several days ago when she commented...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A White House press aide who repeatedly threatened a reporter working on a story about his romantic life resigned on Saturday. Vanity Fair reported Friday that the aide, TJ Ducklo, told a reporter for Politico "I will destroy you" and made other crude remarks when asked to comment on a report that he was dating a Washington journalist. The White House initially suspended him without pay. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Saturday that Ducklo had resigned. Ducklo said in a statement posted on Twitter that "no words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior." (Reporting by Brad Heath; Editing by Alistair Bell) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States
    Andrew Toth/Getty Images Chris Harrison, famed host of The Bachelor, announced he is temporarily “stepping aside” from the show after a backlash over his defense of a contestant embroiled in a racism controversy. “I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke,” Harrison wrote in a lengthy statement that was posted to his Instagram on Saturday. Harrison is under fire for an interview he did with Extra in which he defended Rachael Kirkconnell, a current Bachelor contestant who is embroiled in a racism controversy. According to Variety, Kirkconnell “appears to have been photographed in attendance at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal back in 2018, though she has not verified the authenticity...
    Gillian Robertson issues statement following UFC 258 fight cancellation. Just hours before Gillian Robertson and Miranda Maverick were set to kick-off the UFC 258 fight card, news broke that her fight was called off due to a non-COVID-related illness. Now, the card is down to 10 fights due to Jim Miller vs. Bobby Green also being called off. Robertson took to Instagram to explain what happened and apologize to the fans. “Heartbroken is the only way to describe it ,” she wrote. “After a great camp and an easy weight cut I, unfortunately, woke up this morning at 4 am vomiting and my condition has yet to improve. So for the first time in my career, my team has decided it would be best to pull myself from this fight. My greatest apologies to Miranda, I know how much you put into this and it would be an honor to share...
    Steve Sarkisian’s Texas football team has secured the five-star commitment to Maalik Murphy. New Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian must be ecstatic, as his program just landed a five-star quarterback for the 2022 class in Maalik Murphy out of Gardena, California. Murphy tweeted out an image of him in a Texas Longhorns uniform on Saturday afternoon with attached message of “On to the next chapter. Committed. #AllGasNoBrakes” This is the mantra in which Sarkisian hopes to bring the Texas football program back in the 2020s. He has a ton of obstacles ahead of him in that endeavor, but he has landed an outstanding pro-style prospect. On to the next chapter. Committed. #AllGasNoBrakes pic.twitter.com/VKNuApsmcW — Maalik (@SmvOperator) February 13, 2021 Recruitment will be huge on Texas’ quest to getting back to national prominenceMurphy is the No. 2 pro-style passer in his class, the No. 4 player from California and the No....
    On Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of insurrection against the U.S. government. As CSPAN reported via Twitter, Trump immediately released a statement, praising senators who, in voting to acquit him, “stood proudly for the Constitution.” Trump also slammed the Democratic Party, claiming that liberal lawmakers have been given a “free pass” to excuse violence and purge their political opponents from the public sphere. The former commander-in-chief denounced the impeachment process as a continuation of a “witch hunt” against him, claiming that no president in American history has been treated so unfairly. “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country. No president has ever gone through anything like it, and it continues because our opponents cannot forget the almost 75 million people… who voted for us just a few short months ago.”...
    The Senate voted to acquit former President Donald Trump on the "incitement of insurrection" impeachment charge, but seven Republicans joined with 50 Democrats in voting that he was guilty of the charge. Here are the seven Republicans who voted to convict Trump: North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr Statement: “The President promoted unfounded conspiracy theories to cast doubt on the integrity of a free and fair election because he did not like the results. As Congress met to certify the election results, the President directed his supporters to go to the Capitol to disrupt the lawful proceedings required by the Constitution. When the crowd became violent, the President used his office to first inflame the situation instead of immediately calling for an end to the assault. "As I said on January 6 th, the President bears responsibility for these tragic events. The evidence...
    Northridge Hospital Medical Center violated county rules when it provided COVID-19 immunizations to teachers and other staff at the private Wesley School in North Hollywood and elsewhere, county officials said this week. The hospital has acknowledged the mistake and said it would not be repeated, but the episode raised concerns anew about equitable distribution of the potentially lifesaving vaccine, which remains in short supply. The untimely inoculations came to light largely as a result of candor from the school administration, which sought to reassure parents that staff faced little risk from exposure to the coronavirus as the school gradually reopened for in-person services to students. “We wanted to share that through a special program ... all Wesley employees who wanted to be vaccinated were able to take advantage of an offer last week and received their first dose,” the administration wrote in a Tuesday message to its community. The...
    Former President Donald Trump has issued a statement, immediately following his acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial over incitement of the January 6, 2021 assault on the United States capitol. “It is a sad commentary on our times that one political party in America is given a free pass to denigrate the rule of law, defame law enforcement, cheer mobs, excuse rioters, and transform justice into a tool of political vengeance, and persecute, blacklist, cancel, and suppress all people and viewpoints with whom or which they disagree,” the statement says. “I always have, and always will, be a champion for the unwavering rule of law, the heroes of law enforcement, and the right of Americans to peacefully and honorably debate the issue of hte day without malice and without hate.” “This has been yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our Country,” it continues. “No...
    DONALD Trump has claimed the MAGA journey "has only just begun" after he survived the impeachment vote. The Senate vote of 57-43 fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict. 1NINTCHDBPICT000635920021Credit: AP:Associated Press Trump welcomed his acquittal, repeating his tired claims of a "witch hunt" and saying that his movement "has only just begun". In the vote, seven of the 50 Senate Republicans joined the chamber's unified Democrats in favoring conviction after the five-day trial in the same building that was invaded by Trump fanatics during an extremely violent riot just over a month ago. Most read in NewsBreakingTRUMP CLEAREDDon SURVIVES impeachment vote 57-43 as Dems fails to convict him for 2nd timeNOT REFORMEDPedo who killed twins, 6, in fire 'still downloading child sex abuse images'FORCE FIELD Special face masks with antiviral coating could kill Covid in just an HOURCUOMO OF SILENCECNN's Cuomo slammed for ignoring claim his Gov...
    BRENTORD’S players have announced they will no longer take the knee before matches - starting with Sunday's meeting with Barnsley. The Bees squad issued a statement on Saturday night reinforcing their commitment to eradicating racism and discrimination, but explained they believe the gesture is ‘no longer having an impact’. 1Brentford's players will no longer take a knee before gamesCredit: Rex Features The decision comes just days after Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha said it was 'degrading' for black players to have to take the knee to 'show that we matter'. The Brentford players’ statement read: “We have been taking a knee before games since June but, like many of our fellow players at other clubs, no longer believe that this is having an impact. “We believe we can use our time and energies to promote racial equality in other ways. “As a group we are fully behind and proud of...
    Janet Jackson is thanking her fans for their support of her music career, just one day after Justin Timberlake made a public apology to her and Britney Spears. Jackson took to her Twitter on Saturday afternoon to share her appreciation for her fans along with the revelation that her 1986 song "Control" has peaked at a No. 1 spot once again.  "I was at home just the other day by myself and I began to cry. I was crying because I was so thankful for all that God has blessed me with, all that he has given me. And I'm so thankful for him being in my life and I'm so thankful for all of you being in my life. You're so special to me. And I want to thank all of you for making 'Control' No. 1 once again after 35 years," Jackson said. She added: "I never, never in...
    "Bachelor" host Chris Harrison has announced he will be stepping back from his duties on the ABC franchise due to an ongoing racism controversy that saw him on the receiving end of intense backlash this week. Harrison, 49, took to Instagram with a lengthy statement on Saturday afternoon to take accountability for his actions. "I have spent the last few days listening to the pain my words have caused, and I am deeply remorseful. My ignorance did damage to my friends, colleagues and strangers alike. I have no one to blame but myself for what I said and the way I spoke," he wrote in a lengthy statement shared on Instagram Saturday.  His statement continues: "I set standards for myself, and have not met them. I feel that with every fiber of my being. Now, just as I taught my children to stand up, and to own their actions, I...
    LOS ANGELES -- Television personality Chris Harrison announced Saturday that he is stepping down from his role as host of "The Bachelor" franchise after defending a frontrunner on the current season of the show who has come under scrutiny for photos that have surfaced from her past on social media.In a statement posted to Instagram, Harrison said he is "deeply remorseful" and apologized to "the Black community, to the BIPOC community.""This historic season of 'The Bachelor' should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes," the statement read.EMBED More News Videos Host Chris Harrison gives ABC7 Entertainment Reporter George Pennacchio the inside scoop on what to expect this season of "The Bachelor." The apology refers to contestant Rachael Kirkconnell, who was reportedly photographed at an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.Earlier this week Harrison told "Extra" correspondent and former star of "The Bachelorette," Rachel Lindsay, that the pictures were a...
    Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for AHA; Rachel Lindsay & Rachael Kirkconnell. Since the season premiere of The Bachelor, Rachael Kirkconnell has faced mounting accusations of racism. She coincidentally addressed those claims on Instagram while Rachel Lindsay was recording a podcast, allowing for a real-time response. “Well her statement put Chris’ to shame,” Lindsay started off saying on Higher Learning with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay, referencing the apology franchise host Chris Harrison issued mere hours prior after an appearance on Extra when he called on fans to give Kirkconnell “grace.” “Well, it’s great that she apologized,” said the former Bachelorette. “It’s great that she finally said something. I would like to remind everybody that an apology is a step, a baby step, in the right direction, but it’s just an apology.” While explaining that she will be watching the season 25 contestant to see what actions followed the apology,...
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate agreed on Saturday to admitting a statement by Republican lawmaker Jaime Herrera Beutler into evidence in former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. In the statement, the lawmaker said the top House Republican, Kevin McCarthy, had told her about a call he had with Trump on Jan. 6, during a riot when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, in which Trump said, "Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are." (Reporting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Makini Brice; editing by Diane Craft) Copyright 2021 Thomson Reuters. Tags: United States, crime
    Nearly half of the employees at The New York Times fear saying "what they really think," according to an internal survey this December. "Although the majority of us feel well-informed, many indicated that differing viewpoints arent sought or valued in our work," a Times internal assessment of the survey data, the New York Post reported. "Relatedly, we saw some negative responses on whether theres a free exchange of views in the company, and scored below the benchmark on this question." Employees were asked to respond to this statement: "There is a free exchange of views in this company; people are not afraid to say what they really think." But only 51% of Times employees agreed with the statement, which is 10% lower than the "benchmark," which is the average of similar companies, per the report. "There is a group of younger reporters and a fair number of tech people and...
    ‘Paranormal Activity’ reboot in the works from Will Eubank, Christopher Landon Jaw-dropping houses that just wont sell Urban Meyers Jaguars Tenure Already Off to a Rocky Start Urban Meyer was announced as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 14. His tenure as head coach was quiet for all of four weeks. Then, two days ago, the team announced the hiring of Chris Doyle, the former Iowa strength coach who left the program in June following accusations of racial bias from numerous players. © Provided by The Big Lead Urban Meyer | Ralph Freso/Getty Images That is not something that can slide under the radar, and it didn't. Thursday afternoon brought a firestorm of criticism from all sides. Then Doyle resigned late on Friday night. Meyer had to release a statement to Adam Schefter at 11:17 p.m. ET. Whenever a head coach has to release a...
    BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts attorney general's office has awarded $1.5 million in grants to 16 organizations across the state to address racial disparities in opioid addiction treatment and recovery services. The grant program supports treatment and recovery programs committed to standards that serve Black, Indigenous, and people of color, Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement this week. “The opioid epidemic is far from over, and the COVID-19 crisis has only exacerbated barriers to care that have systemically and disproportionately harmed communities of color for far too long,” she said in a statement. “We have prioritized equity in our grant programs and awarded these funds to organizations that are committed to providing accessible recovery and treatment services to diverse patients across our state.” According to data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, opioid-related overdose deaths increased for Hispanic and Black non-Hispanic communities between 2018 and 2019, she...
    Senate Democrats and Republicans cut a last-minute deal to avoid calling witnesses, agreeing to enter into the record a statement about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s phone call with Donald Trump while the Capitol was under attack on Jan. 6. The deal averts what might have been an indefinite extension of the impeachment trial and a protracted fight over witnesses. The trial is now expected to wrap as early as Saturday evening. Instead of calling witnesses, lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin read a statement from Rep. Jamie Herrera Beutler, a Washington Republican who disclosed her knowledge of the conversation between Trump and McCarthy, a California Republican. Beutler, in a statement Friday, said she has disclosed many times over the past month her knowledge of the McCarthy-Trump conversation. “When McCarthy finally reached the president on Jan. 6 and asked him to publicly and forcefully call off the riot, the...
    The Senate has agreed to a deal avoiding witnesses at former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. The proceedings appeared destined for a swift conclusion early Saturday afternoon until House Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) announced that he was seeking testimony from a witness — Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) — to discuss her secondhand account of a phone call between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after the attack on the Capitol began. Trump’s defense team responded by threatening to call a large number of witnesses including Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). After a period of limbo on the Senate floor, a recess was called as the two sides hammered out a deal. Herrera Buetler’s testimony was read into the record, with the former president’s counsel stipulating that the statement as read would accurately resemble Herrera Beutler’s testimony . ...
    BEIJING (AP) – The European Union on Saturday called on China to reverse its ban on the BBC World News television channel imposed in apparent retaliation for Britain’s pulling of the license of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN. The EU said in a statement that Beijing’s move further restricted “freedom of expression and access to information inside its borders,” and violated both the Chinese constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The statement also said that Hong Kong’s announcement that its public broadcaster would also stop carrying BBC broadcasts added to the “erosion of the rights and freedoms that is ongoing” in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory since the imposition last year of a sweeping new national security law. “The EU remains strongly committed to safeguarding media freedom and pluralism, as well as protecting the right to freedom of expression online and offline, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Three rural Alaska communities have launched a pilot program intended to create more culturally sensitive protocols on how government and law enforcement should respond to cases with missing or slain Alaska Natives. The Curyung Native Council in Dillingham, the Native Village of Unalakleet and the Koyukuk Native Village have launched the program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska said in a statement. The three will work with state agencies to create a Tribal Community Response Plan that will determine law enforcement protocol, victim services, community outreach and public communications, according to the statement. Alaska has one of the highest rates in the U.S. for unsolved cases that involve missing or slain Indigenous women, the Anchorage Daily News reported. “Participating in this pilot project not only demonstrates to our families that we care deeply about the traumas they’re experiencing, but also asserts our sovereignty...
    HONOLULU (AP) — The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation has announced that it will open the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve to the public an hour earlier than normal. The bay will now open at 6:30 a.m. “This aims to cut down on lines, especially in the morning,” said department spokesman Nathan Serota. Laura H. Thielen, the department’s director-designate, said demand in the morning has been high since the bay reopened to visitors on Dec. 2 after an eight month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. “With our pilot ticketing system providing smoother entry into Hanauma Bay, we found that most beachgoers were arriving earlier in the day with attendance decreasing in the afternoon,” Thielen said in the statement. The city also increased showings for its safety and conservation video that visitors are required to watch before accessing the popular beach, the parks department said in a statement. All other...
    Rep. Tom Reed is calling for a federal investigation into New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The Republican from upstate Corning is arguing that the governor’s order requiring nursing homes to accept COVID-19-positive patients directly led to the deaths of thousands of residents. "Fifteen thousand souls died as a result of Gov. Cuomo’s order," Reed said Saturday on "Fox & Friends Weekend." NY STATE LAWMAKER WILL ASK LEGISLATURE TO IMPEACH CUOMO OVER NURSING HOME SCANDAL Cuomo’s directive, signed into law on March 25 and rescinded in May, required nursing homes to accept coronavirus-positive patients released from hospitals. Reed criticized Cuomo and state leadership in a statement to congressional colleagues. "Governor Cuomo’s disastrous March order knowingly sent COVID-positive patients into nursing homes, which led to the deaths of thousands of the state’s parents and grandparents," Reed wrote in the statement. "Since that fateful order, the state has done...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday called for a "full accounting" of the circumstances behind an alleged coverup by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration of the number of New Yorkers who died in nursing homes in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. "It's very troubling. We've got to know more. We now need a full accounting of what happened," he said on "The Brian Lehrer Show."  "Think about seniors, who their [sic] lives were in the balance and their families, you know, just desperate to get them the help they needed," he said. "We need to know exactly what happened here. We need to make sure nothing like this ever happens again." The New York Post first reported that Cuomo aide Melissa DeRosa told state Democrats that the administration "froze" as the Justice Department began looking at its handling of nursing homes. 14 DEMOCRATS IN NY SENATE WANT REPEAL...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has fired a company that cleans many airplanes at Miami International Airport. The mayor ended the contract of Eulen America, a company beset by allegations of worker abuse and intimidation. RELATED: Homeland Security Fatal Shooting Under Investigation In Coral Gables Those allegations were the subject of an extensive investigation by CBS4’s Jim DeFede. Miami-Dade commissioner Eileen Higgins had called for the contract to be ended. Higgins says she saw first-hand Eulen employees who were being bullied during an airport tour. Eulen’s CEO Xavi Rabell released the following statement: “Mayor Levine Cava has issued a memo cancelling our permit to operate at Miami International Airport for convenience. This means she has done so without having to give Eulen America any reason or prior notice. RELATED: CDC Offers Guidance For Reopening Schools We are deeply disappointed and frankly concerned that...
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars and embattled strength coach Chris Doyle parted ways Friday night, a few hours after a respected diversity group blasted the team and called the recent hiring “simply unacceptable.” Coach Urban Meyer and general manager Trent Baalke said Doyle resigned and they accepted. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville,” Meyer and Baalke said in a statement. “We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career.” The team initially attributed the statement to Meyer, but added Baalke’s name Saturday and said it was an oversight. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, whose mission is to increase diversity in the NFL, ripped Jacksonville’s leadership, specifically Meyer, and said racist allegations...
    ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — More than 200 workers at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services facilty in St. Albans have been moved to an alternate building in Essex Junction because of December flooding in the facility, according to government officials. The relocation is “for the foreseeable future," officials said, according to the St. Albans Messenger. Employees were notified on Jan. 29 that the Essex Junction site would become the new permanent location for those previously relocated because of flooding damage, and that employees were ordered to report to their new post by Feb. 4 or “face potential termination," according to a statement from the union. The UE 208 has expressed concern that the potential permanent relocation could harm the city’s economy and the affected employees, because some were workers were unable to make the commute to the new location. “The members of Local 208 do not know whether their...
    Steve Schmidt, one of the high-profile co-founders of The Lincoln Project, announced on Friday that he is resigning from the group's board. Schmidt's decision comes amid a series of scandals that have plagued the anti-Trump PAC run by longtime Republican operatives. "Presently, the Lincoln Project board is made up of four middle-aged white men. That composition doesn't reflect our nation, nor our movement. I am resigning my seat on the Lincoln Project board to make room for the appointment of a female board member as the first step to reform and professionalize the Lincoln Project," Schmidt said in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday evening. Schmidt's announcement comes after the Associated Press reported Thursday that the Lincoln Project's leadership was informed in June 2020 of "at least 10 specific allegations of harassment against co-founder John Weaver, including two involving Lincoln Project employees." New York Magazine also reported...
    BEIJING (AP) — The European Union on Saturday called on China to reverse its ban on the BBC World News television channel imposed in apparent retaliation for Britain’s pulling of the license of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN. The EU said in a statement that Beijing’s move further restricted “freedom of expression and access to information inside its borders,” and violated both the Chinese constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The statement also said that Hong Kong’s announcement that its public broadcaster would also stop carrying BBC broadcasts added to the “erosion of the rights and freedoms that is ongoing” in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory since the imposition last year of a sweeping new national security law. “The EU remains strongly committed to safeguarding media freedom and pluralism, as well as protecting the right to freedom of expression online and offline, including freedom to hold opinions and to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A now removed Bay Area job posting by a tech company on LinkedIn has drawn immense criticism for requiring applicants be "non-Asian."Stephen Li's girlfriend was on LinkedIn earlier this month when she noticed a posting by the tech company Aptude. Upon closer inspection under "job requirements" were the words "non-Asian".RELATED: Surge in Racism Against Asian Americans Spurs Calls for Change"My girlfriend found it and was so shocked and she sent it to me. I definitely want going to let it go unnoticed so I decide I would post it on LinkedIn more as an effort to increase awareness both in the professional world and to get eyes from the company itself and from LinkedIn," said Stephen via text with ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim.Many online were critical of the post, calling it "#racist" and one user expressing outrage, "Is this even real or am I hallucinating?"...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A now removed job posting by a Bay Area tech company on LinkedIn has drawn immense criticism for requiring applicants be "non-Asian."Stephen Li's girlfriend was on LinkedIn earlier this month when she noticed a posting by the Menlo Park tech company Aptude. Upon closer inspection under "job requirements" were the words "non-Asian".RELATED: Surge in Racism Against Asian Americans Spurs Calls for Change"My girlfriend found it and was so shocked and she sent it to me. I definitely want going to let it go unnoticed so I decide I would post it on LinkedIn more as an effort to increase awareness both in the professional world and to get eyes from the company itself and from LinkedIn," said Stephen via text with ABC7 News anchor Dion Lim.Many online were critical of the post, calling it "#racist" and one user expressing outrage, "Is this even real or am...
    (CNN)A day after his controversial hire, the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars said Friday that director of sports performance Chris Doyle has resigned from his position. "Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted." Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said in a statement. "Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all aspects of our program and, in retrospect, should have given greater consideration to how his appointment may have affected all involved. We wish him the best as he moves forward in his career."The former Iowa strength and conditioning coach's resignation follows backlash stemming from his tenure at the University of Iowa. Doyle, who was on the Iowa staff from 1999 to 2019, was placed on administrative leave by the school in June after several former Iowa players accused him of racism. Shortly...
    Coach Chris Doyle has resigned from the Jaguars a day after new head coach Urban Meyer made the controversial decision to hire the former college assistant for his staff. Meyer, who was hired last month for his first NFL job, announced late Friday night that Doyle had resigned from his position as director of sport performance after the backlash his hiring created. Diversity group the Fritz Pollard Alliance had strongly criticized Jacksonville for Doyle’s hiring. Doyle was the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Iowa until 2020, when he and school agreed to part ways after he was accused of making racist comments and bullying players. “Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted,” Meyer said in a statement Friday. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all...
    More On: jacksonville jaguars Sports diversity organization slams Jaguars hire Urban Meyer creates his first Jaguars controversy Brett Favre’s bizarre NFL Draft take would be a Jets dream Hall of Famer skeptical of Urban Meyer: ‘I’m worried for Trevor Lawrence’ Coach Chris Doyle has resigned from the Jaguars a day after new head coach Urban Meyer made the controversial decision to hire the former college assistant for his staff. Meyer, who was hired last month for his first NFL job, announced late Friday night that Doyle had resigned from his position as director of sport performance after the backlash his hiring created. Diversity group the Fritz Pollard Alliance had strongly criticized Jacksonville for Doyle’s hiring. Doyle was the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Iowa until 2020, when he and school agreed to part ways after he was accused of making racist comments and bullying players....
    One day after his hiring became official, Chris Doyle resigned as Jacksonville Jaguars’ director of sport performance. The Jacksonville Jaguars made headlines on Thursday after hiring former University of Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle to become the team’s director of sport performance on Thursday. Doyle was accused of racial bias and bullying during his 21-year tenure at Iowa before leaving this past June. The hire did not sit well with many, and his tenure lasted a little over one day. On Friday, Doyle officially resigned from the Jaguars’ coaching staff, per ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. “Chris Doyle came to us this evening to submit his resignation and we have accepted,” said Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer in a statement, via the team’s official website. “Chris did not want to be a distraction to what we are building in Jacksonville. We are responsible for all aspects of our...
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    Photo credit: Al Drago, Getty Images Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) made an 11th-hour plea for former Trump White House insiders to reveal any still-unknown details about the then-president that might help make the case for convicting Donald Trump on inciting the Capitol insurrection. In a Friday night tweet, the Republican congresswoman reiterated why she joined nine other members of the House GOP to vote in favor of impeaching Trump. As part of her explanation, Herrera Beutler referenced a conversation she had had with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). She went on to say she had explained her reasoning to countless constituents and colleagues in the intervening weeks. But at the end of her statement, she concluded with a bold, open solicitation for “patriots” inside Trump’s inner circle — as well as Vice President Mike Pence — to offer any new details about what they witnessed that day. It not-so-subtly read as a challenge from...
    The docuseries Framing Britney Spears has created a stir. It showed the hardships faced by the pop star and also how she was affected because of Justin Timberlake. The duo had dated each other during their teens for a brief period. After the incidences between Justin and Britney’s relationship were highlighted, there were several who slammed the former for his behaviour with the latter after their breakup. He had indirectly accused her of cheating on him. Justin has now issued a statement not just apologising to Britney, but also to Janet Jackson for what he did to her during the 2004 Super Bowl. Framing Britney: Justin Timberlake Slammed By Netizens After Britney Spears’ Documentary Reveals Shocking Details. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson had put up performance during 2004 Super Bowl event and he had accidentally exposed her breast. The ‘wardrobe malfunction’ had led to causing mass public outcry. It...
    CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A school custodian from New Jersey is facing child pornography charges. The Passaic County prosecutor’s office says 30-year-old Christopher M. Lucas, of Clifton, was arrested Thursday. Lucas allegedly emailed himself over 100 images and video files showing child sexual abuse. He has been charged with four counts involving distributing, maintaining and possessing images of suspected child pornography. According to the prosecutor’s office, Lucas had been employed as a custodian for the North Caldwell Public School system since September 2020. Officials say Lucas obtained the pornography via the internet and did not know any of the victims. The North Caldwell Board of Education released a statement saying it part, “Law enforcement advised us that, while its investigation is ongoing, there is no evidence that any of our students were involved.” Click here to read the full statement. The statement also says Lucas is no longer...
    After a move from Washington, D.C. to Palm Beach, Florida, former First Lady Melania Trump is settling into her new home, focusing on her family, and readying plans for future initiatives, the Office of Melania Trump told Breitbart News exclusively Friday. Since leaving the White House on January 20, Mrs. Trump has opened the Office of Melania Trump — dedicated to her endeavors that previously centered around the well-being of children, bringing awareness to the nation’s opioid crisis, and warning against cyberbullying. In the first statement from the Office of Melania Trump, the First Lady’s team says her number one priority at the moment is her role as mother to their son, 14-year-old Barron Trump, and laying the groundwork for her future philanthropic projects. “Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Trump has been focused on her responsibilities as a mother and settling her family in their new home,” the Office...
    With the 2021 F1 season opener around the corner, all eyes have been on Fernando Alonso amid his sensational comeback to the sport after the brief break. However, the Spaniard might have to hold his return to F1 a bit more. The 2-time world champion met with a rather serious accident while cycling on the Swiss roads, in Lugano, in via la Santa. Eventually, his team, Alpine Renault, released a statement regarding the 39-year-old’s condition. The statement read: “Alpine F1 team can confirm that Fernando Alonso has been involved in a road accident while cycling in Switzerland. “Fernando is conscious and well in himself and is awaiting further medical examinations tomorrow morning. Alpine F1 team will not make any further statement at this point in time. Further updates will be given tomorrow.” Although Alpine denied diving deeper into Alonso’s injuries, rumors have started surfacing through social media and elsewhere. Alonso...
    A megachurch in Sun Valley that has previously defied Los Angeles County’s COVID-19 public health orders is postponing plans to hold an annual conference in March that health officials feared could become a superspreader event. The announcement on Friday by Grace Community Church said the move was taken because of threatened legal action by state and county officials. The move came after The Times published a story about the concerns expressed by public health officials. The conference, originally scheduled for early March, was expected to draw 3,500 men from across the country to the church’s large campus. The complex is in an area that continues to have among the highest case rates of COVID-19 within the county, and neighbors have held protests after Sunday services, pleading with churchgoers to wear masks. A few weeks after last year’s Shepherds’ Conference, two older men from Washington state who attended the...
    BACHELORETTE Tayshia Adams’ suitors have rallied together to share a joint statement that “denounces racism” following ongoing Chris Harrison outrage. The longtime host of the franchise came under fire for “defending” Matt James contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s previous “racist” behavior and now fans want Chris fired.  ???? Follow all the latest news and stories on The Bachelor 12Chris Harrison has been under fire for 'defending racist behavior'Credit: Getty Images - Getty 12Following the backlash, the men of Tayshia Adam's season rallied togetherCredit: Getty Images - Getty 12The suitors all shared a statement that denounces racismCredit: Instagram After the host’s controversial comments, the women of Matt’s season came together to release a statement denouncing racism on Thursday.  The following day the men on last season’s Bachelorette followed the ladies’ lead and also posted a letter in unison.  “As members of Season 16 of the Bachelorette, it is important that we acknowledge where...
    Staff members at the anti-Trump group, the Lincoln Project, are stepping down from their posts following reports that the organization did not promptly respond to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of one of its co-founders. The political action committee, which was set up in late 2019 by several former Republican operatives, has seen at least four members of its ranks leave in recent days, including Steve Schmidt, a co-founder who worked on the campaigns of high-profile Republicans such as former President George W. Bush and the late Sen. John McCain. On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that leadership within the PAC had been aware of at least 10 sexual abuse allegations against John Weaver since June. Since then, even more allegations have been revealed. By Friday evening, it was revealed that Schmidt, one of the organization's co-founders, is resigning from the project's board. In a statement...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police on Friday arrested a city fire department employee in connection with threats made to a City Councilmember. In a statement authorities said the 42-year-old man, who was not identified, was booked for cyberstalking, computer trespass and identity theft as part of an ongoing probe. The statement did not identify the City Councilmember, but in January Councilmember Kshama Sawant said she had received threats from an email address that appeared to belong to Seattle Fire Department employee. Police said there was an initial investigation into a fire department employee, which led them to a second employee of the organization. The first employee was eliminated as a suspect, but the second employee now faces charges, authorities said. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Washington, Associated Press