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    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Omicron is the latest COVID-19 variant detected, and it is causing concern. The data is preliminary, but it appears to be highly contagious, possibly more than delta. READ MORE: Missing North Miami Beach Teen Jeimy Henrriquez Has Been FoundOmicron was detected by scientists in South Africa, but it is still unclear where it originated. “This variant has been detected in multiple countries around the world, including recently Canada, and Canada has a better detection system than we do, so it would be folly not to think that it’s already here,” said Dr. Bernard Ashby, the chief medical officer at Comprehensive Vascular Care. He said, although it has not been found in South Florida yet, that does not mean it is not of concern. Dr. Ashby said what people can do is protect themselves with the tools available now. “One, is to get vaccinated and get a booster, if you haven’t already done so,” he explained. “And, two, have a plan of action to get tested as soon as possible and get treated as soon as possible, because that is...
    ELIZABETH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey health officials are closely monitoring the Omicron COVID variant, but they are not yet issuing any new guidelines. While COVID cases in the state are on the rise in recent weeks, the Delta variant continues to be a concern, CBS2’s Kevin Rincon reported Monday. READ MORE: Blast Leaves Behind Mysterious Crater On Fox IslandRegardless of the strain, the message remains the same. “We strongly encourage everyone to keep masking up when you’re indoors and distancing is not possible, especially when you’re with people whose vaccination status is not clear,” said Gov. Phil Murphy. Things like masks continue to be encouraged, not mandated. Murphy also encouraged vaccines, along with boosters. He got his booster shot over the weekend at Monmouth Medical Center. “The added protection from a booster is no longer just a bonus, it’s a necessity,” Murphy said. WATCH: CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez Discusses Omicron Variant, Transmissibility And More So far, New Jersey has fully vaccinated more than 6.1 million people who live, work or study in the state. Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Amid growing questions and concerns about the new “Omicron” variant of COVID-19, President Joe Biden insisted Monday the U.S. can handle anything that comes our way, as local officials prepare for its eventual arrival here in the Chicago area. “We’ll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion,” Biden said Monday. READ MORE: Couple's Beloved Dog, Ruby, Killed In Bishop Ford Freeway Shooting The Day After Thanksgiving; 'She Was A Good, Good Pup'The president, flanked by chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Vice President Kamala Harris, told the nation the variant is a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” He said the U.S. has more tools to fight COVID-19 than ever before, and is in a much better position to fight the virus than it was in March 2020, or even December 2020. The first step in the fight: restrictions on travel from 8 countries in southern Africa, where the variant was first detected. Those went into effect on Monday. Meantime, the World Health Organization said preliminary evidence...
    President Joe Biden said Monday that the Omicron variant is “not cause for panic” while defending the administration’s decision to implement travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries. Biden, giving a speech to the nation on the new variant, pushed for unvaccinated Americans to get the shot and for vaccinated individuals to get a booster. He argued that this is how Americans can be the “most protected against COVID,” and though it remains unclear how effective the vaccines are against Omicron, Biden’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci believes they will “provide a degree of protection.” The president vowed to “fight and beat this new variant” and told Americans that while it’s a “cause for concern,” people should not panic. His comments coincide with the administration’s quick decision to implement travel restrictions in light of the variant – a move that’s garnered criticism on both its effectiveness and whether it’s necessary. “I think you already have it there in your country,” Dr. Angelique Coetzee, chair of the South African Medical Association and one of the early doctors to...
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS News) — President Biden on Monday urged Americans to remain calm as scientists work to determine the strength and the transmissibility of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, saying the U.S. has the ability to deal with the new strain that is circulating the globe. The president, flanked by chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Vice President Kamala Harris, told the nation the variant is a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” He said the U.S. has more tools to fight COVID-19 than ever before, and is in a much better position to fight the virus than it was in March 2020, or even December 2020. The president said he’ll release a more detailed strategy on Thursday for fighting COVID-19 and the Omicron variant in the weeks ahead. Read more at CBSNews.com>>
    President Joe Biden and Dr. Anthony Fauci address concerns over the coronavirus variant known as omicron at a press conference. Upon researchers in South Africa first spotting the omicron variant of the coronavirus last week, the global race to contain the latest strain is on, prompting President Joe Biden on Monday to urge Americans to remain vigilant in safeguarding their health. “We’re throwing everything we can at this and we are tracking it from every angle,” Biden said from the White House on Monday. The White House COVID-19 response team and the administration’s Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci met just 24 hours ago to discuss the severity and transmissibility of the variant. Fauci told the president it may be a few weeks until the U.S. develops a concrete understanding of omicron’s impact. Fauci did, however, emphasize that existing vaccines will provide a degree of protection against the most severe infections.   “The very day the WHO identified the new variant, I took immediate steps to restrict travel from countries in Southern Africa and while travel restrictions can slow the speed...
    Medical experts have been fearing that a new COVID-19 variant would emerge that is even more infectious than the Delta variant, and a new mutation that has emerged in South Africa has some doctors expressing concerns. One of them is 80-year-old expert immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top White House medical adviser. Fauci discussed this new South African variant, which is called B.1.1.529, during a Friday, November 26 appearance on CNN’s “New Day.” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told “New Day” host Brianna Keilar that the variant “has some mutations that are raising some concern, particularly with regard to possible transmissibility increase and possible evasion of immune response.” Fauci added, “We don’t know that for sure right now. This is really something that’s in motion…. It is something that has emerged in South Africa and seems to be spreading in a reasonably rapid rate.” A new concerning coronavirus variant identified in South Africa. \n\nDr. Anthony Fauci joins @NewDay\u00a0and says "they are in very active communication" with...
    Russia is plotting a coup in Ukraine on December 1, the Ukrainian president announced today amid soaring tensions over thousands of Russian troops stationed at the border.  Volodymyr Zelenskiy told a news conference: 'We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation - we have big internal challenges. 'I received information that a coup d'etat will take place in our country on December 1-2.' He also said his troops were in full control of the country's borders and stood ready for any escalation by Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin was swift to deny Zelenskiy's claims, saying that Moscow would never participate in a coup.  Some 94,000 Russian troops have been sent to the Ukrainian border and the White House has warned Europe to brace for an invasion that would dwarf the 2014 annexation of the Crimea.  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky holds a press conference in Kiev on Friday. The president said: 'We have challenges not only from the Russian Federation and possible escalation - we have big internal challenges. I received information that a coup d'etat will take...
    The number of Americans who rank economic issues as the nation’s top problem has reached the highest point since the pandemic began, Gallup poll said Monday. The latest survey found that 26 percent of Americans view economic issues—such as inflation, unemployment, and general economic conditions—as a top priority. At the same time, Gallup’s measure of economic confidence has been plunging for five months. The latest data shows confidence at a negative 29, close to the worst levels of negative 32 and negative 33 hit in April 2020. Inflation is high and rising, pushing up prices at a record pace and a wide variety of goods and services. The average cost for a Thanksgiving Day dinner will be up by 14 percent, according to the Farm Bureau. The most frequently mentioned specific economic issues are the economy in general terms at 10 percent and inflation at seven percent. Unemployment was next at five percent.  No other economic matters—such as the federal budget deficit, income inequality, or fuel or oil prices—exceed 1 percent, according to Gallup. Inflation concerns are at their highest...
    An MSNBC host was slammed on Twitter on Sunday after she expressed concern about her brother in the trucking industry, which comprises many white men over the age of 55 and 'feels dangerous.' Tiffany Cross, the host of Cross Connection, revealed that her brother is a truck driver, and whenever he hits the roads, she worries for his safety because it 'feels like a dangerous industry.' She pointed to Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that nearly 77 percent of truck drivers are white, whereas 16.8 percent identify as either black or African American. Only 12.4 percent of the workforce were women.  Cross, who is black, said in her segment on Sunday that she spoke to some minority truck drivers, who said they experienced racism on the job, and said that many truck drivers are aggressive - something she insinuated would not happen if more 'people of color' were in the industry. But in the aftermath, some people on Twitter called Cross racist for stereotyping white truck drivers, and criticizing the industry. MSNBC host Tiffany Cross, left, revealed on Sunday she worries...
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas parents say mental health is their top concern for their children right now, according to results of a survey from the Center for Children’s Health, which is led by Cook Children’s. Researchers say it’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has added a considerable amount of stress for families. READ MORE: 2 Garland Children Mistakenly Given Adult Dose Of COVID-19 VaccineHalf of all children, ages 6 to 17, have a caregiver who is concerned that the pandemic will have a negative impact on both their education and their mental health. “There’s an increase in children that are being diagnosed or have been told by a healthcare provider that they have anxiety and depression, so we’re seeing these issues increase with children, and then also just the ability of children not being able to get the health care services that they needed,” said Becky Hale, the Director of Child Health Evaluation at the Center for Children’s Health. The data shows an increase in children who have gone without the medical, dental, or mental health care they need....
    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – North Texas parents say mental health is their top concern for their children right now, according to results of a survey from the Center for Children’s Health, which is led by Cook Children’s. Researchers say it’s clear the COVID-19 pandemic has added a considerable amount of stress for families. READ MORE: 2 Garland Children Mistakenly Given Adult Dose Of COVID-19 VaccineHalf of all children, ages 6 to 17, have a caregiver who is concerned that the pandemic will have a negative impact on both their education and their mental health. “There’s an increase in children that are being diagnosed or have been told by a healthcare provider that they have anxiety and depression, so we’re seeing these issues increase with children, and then also just the ability of children not being able to get the health care services that they needed,” said Becky Hale, the Director of Child Health Evaluation at the Center for Children’s Health. The data shows an increase in children who have gone without the medical, dental, or mental health care they need....
    Thor: Ragnarok fan-favorite Korg was only supposed to be in 1 to 2 scenes until Chris Hemsworth cracked up at Taika Waititis improvised lines and suggested adding more Should You Prepare For a Housing Market Crash in 2021? The situation isn't ideal. Just a handful of games into the 2021-22 NBA season, Joel Embiid's health is already a concern for the Philadelphia 76ers.  © Provided by CBS Sports If you recall, Embiid suffered a right meniscus tear in the first round of last season's playoffs against the Washington Wizards. The All-Star center missed a game as a result of the injury, but he returned for Philadelphia's second-round matchup against the Atlanta Hawks and played in all seven games of that series.  The knee didn't seem to bother Embiid too much against Atlanta as he averaged 30.4 points and 12.7 rebounds in 37.4 minutes per performance over the course of the series. However, there was some speculation about whether or not he would need to undergo surgery after the season. Such a surgery never occurred as Embiid instead opted for...
    Israel is set to move forward with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank this week, a watchdog group said today.  The plan to construct almost 3,000 new residences in the West Bank has already drawn calls for restraint from the US, which on Friday voiced 'concern' over the expected approvals. Hagit Ofran, from the anti-settlement group Peace Now, said a committee is set to meet on Wednesday to approve 2,800 units deep in the West Bank. It would further complicate any efforts to create a Palestinian state and represents the latest development in a long, protracted conflict in the region. Despite much of the international community viewing such settlements as illegal, more than half of the residences are receiving final approval, meaning construction could begin as early as next year.  The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since 1967, but the land is strongly contested by the Palestinians who believe they have a historical right to the region.  This file photo taken on October 5, 2021, shows a view of construction work in the...
    The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden’s renewed cough is the result of “allergies.” “He’s doing great. He’s got some allergies,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as she left the daily press briefing and a reporter shouted a question about the president’s health. Biden appeared twice in front of reporters on Friday, speaking with a raspy voice, repeatedly clearing his throat, coughing, and wiping his nose. Joe Biden wipes his nose during a White House event (Whitehouse.gov/live) The White House has shrugged off incidents of Biden’s heavy coughing while speaking, including after the president struggled with a cough during a speech in California in support of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom. Psaki told reporters at the time that it was “not a concern” to the White House. “I think there are a range of reasons why we may need to clear our throat or we may have a little light cold and that’s certainly something that presidents, elected officials, reporters, spokespeople can confront,” she said. “But it’s not an area where we have a medical concern.”
    LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger is saying "enough is enough" and is pushing residents to stop the possible placement of a violent sexual predator in Lancaster.A judge is still considering whether Lawtis Rhoden, who is now 72 years old and was convicted of multiple child rapes decades ago, should be placed under supervised release."Enough is enough," said Barger, who represents the Antelope Valley region. "This is becoming an issue of equity and we cannot allow the North County to be a recurrent location for violent criminals who have no nexus or connection to the area. Lawtis Donald Rhoden is a sexually violent predator who has committed heinous crimes against women and girls across multiple regions over the past 50 years. The Orange County Superior Court determined Orange County as Rhoden's official 'place of domicile,' and in 2019 ruled that he can be conditionally released to the community. Any proposed placements suggested by CONREP, the state contractor responsible for identifying possible locations, should be within Orange County. I find it hard to believe that none have...
    After only three months at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan is disturbing many top Republicans, who say she’s turned the agency into a partisan weapon. “She’s abandoned long-standing bipartisan practices and made it clear she will use the FTC to advance President Biden’s agenda in the name of economic ‘inequality’ and socialism,” Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, told the Daily Caller News Foundation, describing her tenure as chair as “radical and partisan.” Republican FTC Commissioners Noah Phillips and Christine Wilson have accused Khan of favoring “unchecked regulatory power over guidance,” characterizing the withdrawal of vertical merger guidelines as a way for Khan to force businesses to subject themselves to her discretionary authority. Khan is ruffling feathers among rank-and-file FTC employees as well, with several recruiters and law firms reporting an unprecedented exodus of FTC lawyers since the start of Khan’s tenure, and many employees saying they feel disrespected and ignored by Khan’s isolated managerial style. After only three months at the helm of the Federal Trade Commission, Lina Khan...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some neighbors who live in busy parts of Center City say drag racing is getting out of hand. Along Delaware Avenue, some are calling this a major problem in the city. This is the aftermath of drag racing from over the weekend. Tire marks remain throughout the intersection here, and some say their biggest concern is that someone may get killed. READ MORE: War Of Words Between Philadelphia Mayor Kenney, City Councilmember After Deadly Drive-By Shooting In Olney “It’s extremely loud, but that’s not my main concern,” Gerry Burns, who lives nearby, said. “My main concern is human life.” Calm was interrupted late Saturday night and into Sunday morning. Burns shared this video with CBS3. He says the crowd started gathering at about 11 p.m. and didn’t leave until 4 a.m. when police arrived. “There’s probably 50 to 100 people either trying to go home, leaving on bicycles, on motorcycles, in cars, and it’s just, complete danger from what I can see,” Burns said. “I’ve been seeing it for weeks.” Burns has lived near the intersection of...
    During Thursday’s White House briefing, Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News asked Jen Psaki why President Joe Biden “coughs so frequently.” “Many of us were in the East Room watching the president,” she said, presumably referencing a speech about the economy Biden gave that morning. “We’ve seen him on many occasions where he has a repeated cough. What is the situation with that cough, and is that a concern?” Psaki responded PSAKI: It’s not a concern. We have a doctor who travels with him obviously, who checks in if it is ever warranted, and certainly that continues to be the case as it has been since the beginning of his presidency. O’DONNELL: Is there an explanation for why he coughs so frequently in situations like that? I’m sure you saw it. PSAKI: I did. I don’t think it’s an issue of concern. I think there are a range of reasons why we may need to clear our throat, or we may have a little light cold. And that’s certainly something that presidents, elected officials, reporters, spokespeople can confront. But it’s not...
    Zoeys Extraordinary Playlist Saved In a Totally Unexpected Way Biden says stock market has gone up exponentially since Ive been president © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad At a time of year when some NFL head coaches are outwardly optimistic about the upcoming season, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer admitted some concern today. Zimmer acknowledged that the Vikings have a lot of salary cap space tied up at the top of the roster, and said that makes it hard for the team to have a lot of depth. “It’s concerning,” Zimmer said, via Courtney Cronin of ESPN. “I feel really good about the top guys, and then some of these young guys got to come on. But when you’re kind of top-heavy with finances, that’s what you’ve got to do. Hopefully we’ll stay healthy, and try to get these younger guys better.” Although Zimmer didn’t single out Kirk Cousins by name, the reality is Cousins is the reason the Vikings are “top-heavy with finances.” Cousins’ cap hit this season is $31...
    CONIFER, Colo. (CBS4) – Bill Brumer has noticed the change in the way people drive. He lives in Bailey and for years has been trying to get the state to improve the road. “Very difficult for me, a guy that’s been working six and a half years on trying to get improvements done for more safety on the highway to see things like what happened last Thursday happen. It’s just absolutely terrible,” he said. READ MORE: Petitioners Reflect On Grand Jury Indictments In Elijah McClain Case (credit: CBS) His heartbreak has mixed the community anger over a driver who was reported by people before the crash to be driving aggressively, and at high speed, heading south on 285 before crossing a double yellow line and hitting a family from Englewood. The crash killed 55-year-old Diana Snell and her 2-year-old granddaughter Jordan in addition to the driver people called in to report, 36 year old Benjamin Bobier of Colorado Springs. “For some reason it seems that aggressive driving has gone off the rails the last year or so.  People are driving...
    NEW LION. The 55 deaths reported this Sunday, August 22, mark a closeness to the highest death toll caused by Covid-19 in the state of Nuevo León. It was specifically, on January 27 of the current year, when the entity mourned 58 deaths, the highest number of fatalities reached in 24 hours due to the virus. According to Amalia Becerra, deputy director of the Metropolitan Hospital, along with the high number of deaths, the 1,946 infections also represent one of the highest figures that the state of Nuevo León has presented. “We had the highest figure on January 27, 2021, with 58 cases, today we had 55, so we were very close,” he said. However, he explained that although the figure is very close to the one registered at the beginning of 2021, the victims are in a greater proportion young people, an act that impacts to a greater extent on families, but also on medical personnel. What makes today’s figure different from January’s? That today the vast majority of people are very young, many of them did not have...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) said the biggest concern as Tropical Storm Henri arrives in New England flooding. Latest: Tropical Storm Henri To Make Landfall In New England Sunday With Flooding And Power Outages Likely Heavy rains have arrived throughout much of the region. Henri is expected to make landfall on Sunday as a powerful tropical storm. MEMA director Samantha Phillips told WBZ-TV that while wind and power outages are a threat with the storm, the amount of rain on top of an already wet summer is of biggest concern. Officials are anticipating widespread rain totals of 3-6 inches, with some pockets of higher rainfall. Intense rainfall is expected after noon on Sunday. Hundreds of crews for Eversource, National Grid and Until are stated throughout the state ready to respond to outages. People are urged to keep devices charged as long as possible in order to get safety alerts and information. Phillips warned people that if they come across a flooded road, do not attempt to drive through it. “It takes about an...
    SNORING in children is usually harmless and a sign they are having a deep restful sleep. But scientists have warned it could be the sign of a condition commonly seen in adults that has harmful implications on health. 1Does your child sleep more than three nights a week? It could be time to see a doctorCredit: Alamy Called obstructive sleep apnoea, the syndrome causes breathing to stop for short periods of time during sleep. Some of the main signs of the condition are snoring and grogginess and headaches in the daytime.  Researchers at the American Heart Association have now discovered the long-term impact it may be having on kids and teenagers. In a scientific statement, which is a review of current evidence, they said sleep apnoea in youngsters could lead to high blood pressure and possibly heart disease or potentially fatal heart attacks in later life. It’s also known that sleep apnoea can disrupt restorative sleep - having a domino effect on emotional mental health and immunity. Metabolic syndrome is another concern - a cluster of problems such as low...
    Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby was confronted by reporters on Friday over Afghanistan, with the Taliban taking more cities and the U.S. sending troops to help evacuate staff at the embassy in Kabul. One reporter asked Kirby if the DOD is “surprised at how quickly it seems that the Afghan National Army has collapsed under Taliban pressure.” “We are certainly concerned by the speed with which the Taliban has been moving,” Kirby responded. “It still is a moment for Afghan National Security and defense forces as well as their political leadership. No outcome has to be inevitable here.” Another reporter asked, “Given that U.S. airstrikes didn’t seem to deter the Taliban in other areas, how much concern is there that they won’t be scared of potential U.S. airstrikes if they decide to move on Kabul and U.S. assets or personnel there?” “I’m not going to speculate about moving on Kabul, and I have never talked about future operations, and I’m not going to start doing that today,” Kirby said. At one point he was again questioned on whether the Pentagon...
    John Kirby joined ‘Special Report’ to provide insight on the Taliban's moves to attempt to take control of parts of Afghanistan. JOHN KIRBY: Bret, we’re certainly watching this with deep concern. There’s no question that the security situation on the ground is deteriorating... and you saw that just over the course of the last few days, even more deterioration. So, we’re absolutely watching this with a measure of concern—no question about that.   ...  We’re obviously concerned about any resurgence of Al-Qaeda or any terrorist network in Afghanistan. It’s not like they all permanently left. We know that there are groups like ISIS that are still operating inside Afghanistan and one of the reasons why we are working hard to make sure we have in place over the horizon counterterrorism capabilities to be able to forestall any future threat emanating from Afghanistan to the homeland. The other thing, Bret, I would tell you is that the terrorism threat out of Afghanistan—at least as it regards to threats to our interests and our allies and partners outside and certainly at home— is greatly reduced from Afghanistan. That threat has largely metastasized elsewhere in places like northern Africa and so we’re mindful of that and we’re focused on that area as well.   WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW BELOW: Video This article was written by Fox News...
    As America's youngest generation begins to enter the consumer market, workforce and voting booth, they have proven to be on a mission toward improving their planet. But as some companies attempt to meet Gen Z's demands for sustainability, others might merely be presenting a façade.  Gen Z shops greenSustainability is important to 19-year-old Trinity Gbla. Having grown up experiencing wildfires and extreme heat near her home in Southern California, Gbla said these past few years have highlighted climate change as an increasingly pressing issue. She's not alone: Climate change/protecting the environment was the No. 1 concern for Gen Z, followed closely by unemployment and health care/disease prevention, according to a recent Deloitte survey.Trinity Gbla, a junior at Howard UniversityPhoto: Trinity Gbla"There's such a huge climate crisis going on in the world that you just cannot ignore," Gbla said. "Usually, when I'm shopping, I like to see what's ethically sourced, or if it's environmentally friendly. Price is definitely something that's important to me, especially because I'm a college student, so it's like, I'm broke. But I'm willing to pay for more...
    California Democrats watching the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom gain steam say it is a matter of when, not if, the party brings out the big guns to hold on to the governorship. "I would expect an all-star cast of Democrats from the president on down to be involved before it's over; it's too much at stake," said Steven Maviglio, a longtime political consultant in the state and former press secretary to recalled California Gov. Gray Davis. But while Newsom's campaign started "calling out the cavalry" to rally Democrats, with help from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the prospect of a boost from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, polls show a gap in enthusiasm among voters, and time is running out to close it. "Republicans are motivated, and Democrats aren't," Maviglio said. "The concern right now is it's August." MEXICAN PRESIDENT PLANS TO ASK HARRIS FOR SOUTHERN BORDER TO REOPEN 'COMPLETELY' Democrats, spooked by the recall and a possible Republican win, are raising the alarm that their prospects could start to dwindle if Newsom is ousted. The campaign's initial phase...
    More On: at work Can I tell my co-workers to pay attention in a Zoom call? Home sweet home: Most workers prefer pay cut to an office return, survey finds Don’t stick to one job — be a jack of all trades Why do I keep getting told my resume is weak? Some equate loneliness with being a loser, unenthusiastic, hard to get along with, not personable, yet none of those labels fit actor, social media evangelist and COVID-19 investigator Samantina Zenon. Consider that during the pandemic she not only worked a full-time job, she also wrote a book, started a TikTok channel with almost 11,000 followers and modeled shapewear online. “All that, and still I’m very lonely,” said the 31-year-old Queens resident. Even though she and her fellow COVID-19 investigators communicate through group chat, “When I’m facing real work challenges, there’s not a co-worker I can confide in, mainly because we never met in real life. Real friendship has never been established.” Zenon also misses the kind of casual interactions she used to have when...
    IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — When Darrell Henderson found out fellow Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers had torn his Achilles tendon recently, the news hit too close to home. “I never want to see a player get hurt. And me coming off two ankle surgeries, it’s just horrible. When I heard that, I immediately looked down at my ankle. It just reminds me of that,” Henderson said Friday. With Akers out for the season, it creates an opportunity for Henderson to become the featured every-down back, something coach Sean McVay believes he is more than capable of doing in his third season. In McVay’s mind, it comes down to making sure Henderson is healthy enough to fill that role. After each of Henderson’s first two years in the NFL ended prematurely because of ankle injuries, McVay has repeatedly stressed the need to manage the former Memphis rusher through a 17-game regular season and the deep playoff run the Rams expect to make. “I think he’s got the ability, there’s no doubt about it. It’s really just kind of figuring...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The ReidOut,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) said that “misinformation that is allowing the virus to persist” is “a national security concern” and touted legislation, the BIO Defense Act, that would “put the vice president in charge of that. It would have also a Cabinet-level officer in the National Security Council dealing with this.” Swalwell said, “I introduced the BIO Defense Act that would attack, not only the virus, but the misinformation that is allowing the virus to persist. That also is a national security concern. It would put the vice president in charge of that. It would have also a Cabinet-level officer in the National Security Council dealing with this. But I just want to say to your viewers, Jonathan, and to every American, this virus is serious. Get vaccinated. Life is precious. And Tucker Carlson is not worth dying for. He doesn’t care about you, but your family does. Please, please get vaccinated.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    Nobody wants a return to our pandemic past — especially when it comes to the color purple. But with the Delta variant steadily driving up COVID rates across California, there is growing concern just a month after the state shed its color-coded restrictions on businesses, schools and social gatherings. And now, a Bay Area News Group analysis earlier this week of how rising COVID rates would have vaulted a dozen counties — including Los Angeles, Alameda and Contra Costa — into the state’s now-extinct, but most-restrictive purple tier is reigniting the debate: Is it time for public health officials to take action? “It’s been the talk in the salon last week, so we’re just watching and waiting and seeing how it plays out,” said Annie Miller, 36, the owner of Salon 77 West in Danville, who is no stranger to a life under lockdown. A peek inside places like Salon 77 West or Crumbs Breakfast, Lunch & Bar would scarcely betray that COVID-19 is seriously on the march again in Contra Costa County. Patrons packed inside those popular Danville institutions...
    Claim: “There’s nobody suggesting there’s unchecked inflation is on the way. No serious economist,” President Joe Biden said on Monday. Verdict: False. Larry Summers is worried about inflation. He has been the Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton, director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, chief economist of the World Bank, and president of Harvard University. He is one of the most prominent economists in the United States today. Summers has been warning that the Biden administration’s policies risked inflation and overheating several months ago, a topic he returned to on Twitter last week. Labor market tightness, behavior of housing markets & asset prices all rising in a more concerning way than I worried @ a few months ago. This raises my degree of concern @ overheating scenario. There are huge uncertainties but the focus of concern now should be on overheating. https://t.co/gIV3jHDBGv — Lawrence H. Summers (@LHSummers) July 14, 2021 In an interview on CNN, Summers expanded on his worries. The Biden administration’s American Rescue Bill, he said, made the mistake of pumping up demand too much without taking...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida saw a significant jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the past couple of weeks as the more contagious Delta variant continued to spread. “The viral load in the Delta variant is 1,260 times higher than the alpha variant,” said Florida International University infectious disease specialist Dr. Aileen Marty. READ MORE: Homeland Security Has Warning For South Florida Boaters Plan To Take Part In Flotilla To Cuba Marty said the COVID 19 pandemic is still a very real concern and the increase in cases of the Delta variant strain is proof “The virus gets in our cells easier and replicates easier, it can overwhelm even the protection that is normal for a younger individual,” she said. From July 9th to 17th, there was an 11 percent increase in Delta variant COVID cases. Statewide, last week more than 45,600 people tested positive for COVID-19 getting the virus and there were 59 additional deaths. The state’s new case positivity rate stands at 11.5 percent. Florida reported 20 percent of the nation’s new coronavirus...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida saw a significant jump in the number of new COVID-19 cases in the past couple of weeks as the more contagious Delta variant continued to spread. “The viral load in the delta variant is 1,260 times higher than the alpha variant,” said Florida International University infectious disease specialist Dr. Aileen Marty. READ MORE: Niños for Cuba Rally Sunday At Tropical Park Marty said the COVID 19 pandemic is still a very real concern and the increase in cases of the Delta variant strain is proof “The virus gets in our cells easier and replicates easier, it can overwhelm even the protection that is normal for a younger individual,” she said. From July 9th to 17th, there was an 11 percent increase in Delta variant COVID cases. Statewide, more than 45,600 people tested positive for COVID-19 getting the virus and there were 59 additional deaths. The state’s new case positivity rate stands at 11.5 percent. Florida reported 20 percent of the nation’s new coronavirus cases over the last two weeks even though it makes...
    (CNN)The punishing heat wave continues in much of the West. However, for some in places in the Southwest including Arizona, the long-awaited monsoon will bring milder temperatures and rainfall. It may just arrive a little bit too fast, raising flash flooding concerns in the area. "Afternoon and evening showers and storms are expected to be in place across the Four Corners region, and especially southern Arizona and New Mexico, as the southwest monsoon kicks into high gear," the Weather Prediction Center said Tuesday morning. Rainfall amounts of anywhere from a half inch to 1 inch are possible, said the National Weather Service in Phoenix. Upper-end amounts of 2 to 4 inches aren't out of the question. "Given relatively weak steering flow aloft, many of these storms will likely be slow moving and result in flash flooding for canyons, across burn scars, and other vulnerable areas," the prediction center said. Read MoreWildfires in California this year have scorched 3 times more land than in the same period of last years record seasonThis has prompted the weather service to issue flash...
    Most covered songs of all time Companies’ Financial Mistakes That Turned Out To Be Brilliant LAS VEGAS — It has become apparent that Team USA’s pursuit of gold will not be compared to the Dream Team or the Redeem Team by any stretch, but they still have time to adapt to FIBA competition, build on continuity and ultimately procure the goal at the Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. men's basketball team suffered its second consecutive upset in exhibition play on Monday, succumbing to Australia 91-83 inside Michelob ULTRA Arena. This roster was only two days removed from a 90-87 shocker of a loss to Nigeria. Damian Lillard scored 22 points while connecting on 6-of-11 from 3-point range, and Kevin Durant tallied 17 points. Patty Mills put in 22 points for Australia, and Joe Ingles added 17. Only four (Lillard, Bradley Beal, Bam Adebayo, Keldon Johnson) of the 10 players that saw action for Team USA shot 50% or higher from the field in the loss. The outcomes in these friendlies have either been termed an “embarrassment” or a “wake-up call.”...
    Selma Blair told TMZ that she is 'fine' with comedian Rob Schneider voicing his controversial 'my body my choice' stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. The 49-year-old actress — who is immunocompromised herself and currently in remission following a battle with multiple sclerosis (MS) — confessed to getting two rounds of the Moderna shot but said she can 'understand the concern,' regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.  The Hot Chick actor, 57, went on a Twitter rant on Saturday in which he urged his followers 'just say no' to the vaccine and called it an 'unapproved experimental gene therapy,' before writing: '#2ndAmendmentIsForThis.'  Understanding: Selma Blair told TMZ that she 'is fine' with any vaccine-hesitant statements made by people, including comedian Rob Schneider, who unleashed his thoughts on Twitter, Saturday; pictured June 16 The Cruel Intentions star was asked her thoughts about the upcoming third vaccination — which Rob vehemently spoke out against as well as any 'vaccine acceptance.'  Selma shared that she had incurred backlash from some people for getting the first two Moderna shots, as she still undergoes chemotherapy for her MS, had undergone a...
    31 questions to Bears camp: Is lack of DL depth a concern? Usayd Koshul July 8, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit When the Chicago Bears report to training camp later this month, defensive line is a position that will look vastly different. A positional group that’s been led by names like Akiem Hicks over the last few years lost DL coach Jay Rodgers this offseason. Veterans Mario Edwards Jr. and Bilal Nichols will also return, despite the future of Eddie Goldman being uncertain. Rodgers departure alone is a cause for concern, as he oversaw the development of names like Roy Robertson-Harris and Brent Urban, two names that overperformed throughout their tenure with the Bears. Both Robertson-Harris and Urban departed via free agency this offseason. Depth for the Bears on the defensive line currently includes Angelo Blackson, Sam Kamara, LaCale London, Mike Pennel, and Khiyris Tonga. Only Blackson and Pennel have appeared in NFL games before, with Kamara, London, and Tonga being rookies or undrafted free...
    (CBSNewYork)- The big discussion in Major League Baseball the last few weeks has centered around pitchers using foreign substances on baseballs to increase spin rate and movement on pitches thereby flummoxing hitters and keeping offense at historically low levels. That discussion led to MLB directing umpires to more strictly enforce the rules on foreign substances on the ball. However, for Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, the sticky substances aren’t to blame. He blames the league’s “manipulation” of the ball. “The biggest concern is MLB manipulates the baseball year in and year out depending on free-agency class, or guys being in an advanced part of their arbitration,” Alonso said during a videoconference with reporters. READ MORE: After More Than A Year, The Show Must Go On: More Broadway Shows Announce Plans To Resume Performances When a reporter followed up on that answer asking if that’s something players are talking about or believe to be the case, Alonso said, “Oh no, that’s a fact.” Pete Alonso saying “It’s a fact!” that @mlb changes the baseballs based on upcoming FA classes in an...
    More On: NYC Mayoral Election 2021 Anyone but Yang: Animal rights group that launched de Blasio says Andrew all wrong NYC mayoral candidate wants to defund NYPD — while her home is protected by private security Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley calls NYPD curfew at Washington Square Park a ‘waste’ of money Eric Adams says his NYPD will follow David Dinkins’ community policing model The latest NY1/Ipsos poll shows nearly 46 percent of likely voters say crime and public safety should be the top priority of the next mayor, up seven points from the same poll in April. That should be a shock only to the city’s liberals, who never seem to realize that the voters above all else want to be safe. The survey also shows big gains for Eric Adams, the mayoral candidate who’s stood firmest on the need to fight crime: He’s now well ahead of the pack, at 22 percent, having surged six points ahead of No. 2 Andrew Yang after trailing him by nine points in the April poll. Notably, neither Yang nor No....
    During a portion of an interview aired on Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson stated that she views “cybersecurity as my greater concern than a mob attacking the Capitol.” Gibson said, “I worry a lot more about cybersecurity than I do about another mob attacking the Capitol. Certainly, our networks are — have attempted intrusions every single day. And so, cybersecurity, for me, is a much greater concern than the prospect of thousands of people storming the West Terrace.” CNN Senior Washington Correspondent Pamela Brown asked Gibson if she agrees with FBI Director Christopher Wray’s comparison of the threat of ransomware to the threat of terrorism around 9/11. Gibson responded, “I think, whether it’s ransomware or other cybersecurity threats, yes, I actually — again, I see cybersecurity as my greater concern than a mob attacking the Capitol.” She also stated, “I think members have sensitive information that they would not necessarily want to have disclosed that may be in documents, much of what we do is public and meant to be so. So, committee...
    NEW BOSTON — The breaking of speed limits and the inconsistency of those limits in the Village of New Boston was still a concern for the Village Council in their first meeting in June Tuesday evening. The meeting was held without the presence of Mayor Junior Williams and Councilman Jon Mills. President Pro Tem and Councilman Dan Fetty presided. Acting on communications, Councilman Fetty read a request from the Brothers of the Wheel to bring in an ordinance allowing them to collect money November 26, 2021, and Dec. 4, 2021, for the children’s Christmas presents. Council also discussed the 911 telephone voice recorder grant. During the discussion, Council was made aware that the New Boston Police Department was getting a new server because the server that is used now dates to 2003 and during an inspection, it cannot and should not be fixed, but replaced. Interim Police Chief, Carl Compton spoke to the council about the continued work in the Dispatch room. “The room is cleaned up and has been painted and the technician will start wiring sometime next week...
    A vaccine is ineffective if not used. The practices in Sweden, which have a low vaccination rate for people living in socio-economically vulnerable areas, are found in other countries as well. – We note that the reluctance to vaccinate is not primarily about the information given, but whether those in the area can trust the informants, says Cohen Peters, professor of sociology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. Peters mentions it He calls marginalized groups – those who distrust the government or have bad experiences with the government. His team is part of a program that works with researchers in Leuven, London and Paris to study vaccine resistance and Covid 19. – For most people, it is not clear whether this is a vaccine or not. Instead, the approach will vary depending on whether there is new knowledge about side effects or the information you need to be vaccinated to travel, he says. Goen Peters, professor of sociology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. Heidi Larson, prof The information provided by the founder of...
    Yankees sign a reliever to minor league deal, but outfield depth is starting to become a concern Andres Chavez May 21, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Yankees have a glaring need for outfielders, with lots of injuries and underperforming players in that specific position. They are reportedly interested in speedy center fielder Delino DeShields Jr. The Yankees made a signing on Friday, but it has nothing to do with the current outfielder need. They secured the services of right-handed reliever Sal Romano on a minor league deal, to shore up the overall depth in the organization. According to a report from NBC Sports Edge, the Yankees signed the former Cincinnati Reds right-hander after his former team designated him for assignment last week and removed him from the 40-man roster. Per NJ Advance Media, Romano has made 14 appearances this season, with a 5.23 ERA. The 27-year-old hurler was drafted by Cincinnati in 2011 and was a starter for most of his minor league career. However, in 2018, Romano made the transition to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With daily attacks on the subway and a surge in gun violence, a new poll shows public safety is the numebr one concern for New York City voters. Two commuters fell victim to unprovoked attacks on the subway Monday night as Mayor Bill de Blasio and the MTA engaged in another round of the blame game. READ MORE: ‘Irresponsible:’ In Wake Of New Crimes, MTA Says Mayor’s Plan To Add 250 Subway Officers Isn’t Enough A 23-year-old was stabbed while exiting a C train at the Kingston-Throop station in Brooklyn. Another person was slashed in the face in Harlem. Is it any wonder that New Yorkers are fed up? “Who’s running the city?” one New Yorker said. “Clearly our government is dysfunctional. I wish they would get their act together,” another person said. With the city in the midst of a heated mayoral primary, New Yorkers are clearly ready to ditch the old act and raise the curtain on a fresh face to make them feel safe, and it’s showing up in recent polls. Respondents to...
    More On: mayoral race UFT-endorsed Scott Stringer says he would ‘dismantle’ NYC DOE as mayor Andrew Yang is a leading NYC mayoral candidate — and the biggest flip-flopper NYC mayoral candidates on crime: the good, the bad & the ugly Mayoral candidate makes puzzling claim about food poisoning in NYC Likely voters in the Democratic mayoral primary say public safety is their number one concern — and a significant majority support increasing the size of the NYPD budget, according to a new poll. “The data clearly shows that the majority of New York’s Democratic voters don’t want to defund the police and that they are especially worried about crime as we emerge from the pandemic,” said Jelanie DeShong, director of the new civic group New Yorkers for a Better Future, which commissioned the poll. “This concern transcends neighborhood or race or ethnicity and is a reaction to what people are seeing in the streets everyday,” added DeShong, who was formerly a senior staffer to Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. The poll, conducted May 4 to 9 by Schoen Cooperman Research, is...
    The Department of Justice expressed concern that the ongoing audit of 2020 election results in Arizona may violate election law and lead to voter intimidation. The Department notified Republican State Senate President Karen Fann on Wednesday that it was monitoring the state’s audit of 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County, Arizona, in 2020, according to the Associated Press. DOJ specifically worried that outsourcing the audit to a third-party contractor may violate federal election law that requires elections officials to control ballots for 22 months after an election. The contractor’s intent to contact voters may also result in future illegal voter intimidation, the DOJ said, the AP reported. Such intimidation may also violate federal statutes on elections. “Past experience with similar investigative efforts around the country has raised concerns that they can be directed at minority voters, which potentially can implicate the anti-intimidation prohibitions of the Voting Rights Act,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Pamela Karlan wrote in the letter, according to the AP. “Such investigative efforts can have a significant intimidating effect on qualified voters that can deter them...