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    SpaceX is accepting pre-orders from the public for its Starlink satellite internet. The Elon Musk-owned firm announced potential customers can enter their service address on its website and place a $99 deposit, which covers the first month of usage. Users opting in have received messages saying SpaceX is 'targeting coverage in your area in mid to late 202,' but others are seeing sometime in 2022. The small print states that pre-orders are fully refundable and can take upwards of six months to fulfill, adding that 'placing a deposit does not guarantee service.' Scroll down for video  SpaceX announced potential customers can enter their service address on its website and place a $99 deposit, which covers the first month of usage SpaceX first launched its public beta program last October for those living in the US, Canada and the UK. And in about six months, the firm announced it has 'over 10,000'...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first bill signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt during the current legislative session allows public bodies to continue meeting virtually as a coronavirus safety precaution. The law signed Wednesday allows public bodies to meet virtually through February 2022 or until the expiration of the governor’s executive emergency order on COVID-19, whichever comes first. “We’ve all heard from constituents, state agencies, local school boards and other public bodies requesting this, and I’m pleased we were able to deliver so quickly,” Stitt said in a statement. The bill by Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat was passed by the state Senate on Feb. 3 and by the House five days later. “With the signing of this bill, public entities can continue to meet and do so safely until the pandemic is behind us, and the people of Oklahoma maintain access to public meetings at all...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The City and County of Denver and the Civic Center Conservancy are announcing a new initiative to design future improvements in Civic Center Park. It’s aptly named “Civic Center Next 100,” with the goal of renewing the area over the next century.   City leaders are inviting the public to learn more about the history and share feedback to shape the future design because they say it’s important to so many. Located at the heart of the city, Civic Center Park is one of Denver’s most significant spots for cultural events, festivals, and rallies. It’s also Denver’s first National Historic Landmark. Civic Center Next 100’s Concept Design is funded in part by the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program. It will include improvements to four key areas within the park, including the Greek Theater, Central Promenade, Central Gathering Space, and Bannock Street between Colfax and 14th Avenue. The...
    SpaceX’s Starlink is taking another small step towards expanding its public beta test by opening up pre-orders to budding customers. Whereas previously you could register your interest for the chance to sign up to the satellite internet service, entering your details now gives you the ability to put down a $99 deposit. You’ll then get a target coverage date of either 2021 or 2022 based on your location, along with the ability to pay via credit card (no Bitcoin here, we’re afraid). Additional charges include $499 for the Starlink Kit, including a Wi-Fi router and dish, and extras for shipping and tax. The small print states that preorders are fully refundable and can take upwards of six months to fulfill, adding that “placing a deposit does not guarantee service.” Starlink’s public beta test began late last year for people in the US, Canada and the UK, with...
    Britney Spears took to social media Tuesday night to share her thoughts on the New York Times/FX documentary, “Framing Britney Spears,” for the first time, tweeting, “Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories!!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives.” “Remember,” she continued, “no matter what we think we know about a person’s life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens.” She also shared footage of a 2018 performance of her 2003 hit, “Toxic.” Can’t believe this performance of Toxic is from 3 years ago !!! I’ll always love being on stage …. but I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person ….. I love simply enjoying the basics of every day life !!!! @NYRE pic.twitter.com/Kthh9fIWtJ— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 9, 2021 “Can’t believe this performance of Toxic is from 3 years ago,”...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Plans for Manhattan’s first public beach are moving forward. (credit James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust) The Hudson River Park Trust says construction on a major waterfront redevelopment in the Meatpacking District will start in the spring. RELATED: New Jersey Man Who Suffered Stroke Reunited With Rescue Dog That May Have Saved His Life The $70 million project at Pier 52 features a sand-covered area with access for kayaks. RELATED: NTSB: Pilot Likely Became Disoriented By Clouds In Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash No swimming will be allowed. (credit James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust) It will be called “The Gansevoort Peninsula” and it will also include green space, a sports field and a dog run. MORE: I Am Over It: Tri-State Area Sees Another Coating Of Snow, More To Come It is expected to open in...
    Tokyo 2020 Olympic committee to hold special meeting over president Moris comments Katie, Keanu, and other famously cheap celebs Apple Car Fracas Marks First Public Setback for Hyundai Boss (Bloomberg) -- Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Euisun Chung -- central to the company’s transformation from conventional carmaker to mobility giant promoting flying cars and hydrogen-fuel cells -- had his first, very public, stumble this week. On Monday, after a month of intense speculation around who may team with Apple Inc. to help develop its much-vaunted self-driving electric car, Hyundai Motor Co. and its affiliate Kia Motors Corp. were forced in separate exchange filings to say they weren’t in any talks with the tech behemoth, backing away from an earlier Hyundai statement that confirmed they were in discussions. © Bloomberg Hyundai Motor Group Executives Attend New Year's Meeting Euisun Chung Load Error Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg That Jan. 8 initial disclosure,...
    Lawyers for the Fox Corporation and Fox News on Monday night filed a motion to dismiss a $2.7 billion lawsuit against the cable news behemoth by Smartmatic, a maker of electronic voting technology. Smartmatic sued Fox News and Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo, and Jeanine Pirro in New York state court for reports and commentaries about the role of Smartmatic machines in the 2020 election cycle. Also named as defendants were Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, an attorney who pressed the series of unsuccessful election fraud cases collectively known as the “Kraken.” “This suit strikes at the heart of the First Amendment,” said Fox News attorney (and former U.S. Solicitor General) Paul Clement of the firm Kirkland & Ellis. “Smartmatic’s theory is fundamentally incompatible with the reality of the modern news network and deeply rooted principles of free speech law.” The core of the motion to dismiss leans heavily on the...
    Although a few months ago it seemed a long way off, the vaccine (well, vaccines actually) for the coronavirus has already arrived, and now is the time to streamline its production and distribution. Pfizer and BioNtech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and many others, both those already approved and those that could be approved shortly, They promise us a 2021 full of punctures that, unless things go wrong, could make 2022 a very good year, regarding the war against the damn coronavirus. A key element of the vaccines that have arrived so far, yes, is their dosage, two doses that should be separated in time between three and four weeks. It is not news nor is it a surprise, for many months researchers and laboratories have already reported that the correct dosage was this, and clinical trials have been carried out based on this approach. In other words, the effectiveness they have shown...
    PAROLE hearings will soon take place in public in a major victory for a campaign by The Sun. Some cases will be opened up on request if it is deemed to be in the interests of justice. 2Parole hearings previously cloaked in secrecy, such as John Worboys' who was freed behind closed doors in 2018, could soon take place in public The move will lift the veil of secrecy in cases such as that of black cab rapist John Worboys who was freed behind closed doors in 2018 until the High Court overturned the ruling. The rule change will be introduced this year but the Ministry of Justice warned most cases will still be heard in private. Under the new system, hailed the “first step to openness”, anyone can ask for a public hearing. The final decision rests with the chair of the Parole Board. It is unlikely they will...
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has resumed greeting the public in St. Peter’s Square, seven weeks after he interrupted the Sunday noon ritual to discourage crowds from gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Smiling broadly, Francis appeared at an Apostolic Palace window overlooking the square and greeted a couple of hundred people standing a safe distance apart in the cobblestone square. Most held umbrellas on a drizzly, windy day. “In the square again!” Francis said. He appeared on the first Sunday since the Rome area regained Italy’s “yellow zone’’ designation, which carries the least restrictions on movement. Normally thousands of pilgrims, tourists and locals would turn out in the vast square on Sundays to hear the pope. But Italy isn’t allowing travel between regions in the country, and with stringent measures discouraging arrivals from overseas, tourism and pilgrimages have practically evaporated. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — The UK’s aggressive vaccine gambles...
    The president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, will appear this week in public for the first time after the criticism of her management of the crisis for the delay in deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine, and will do so twice : before the plenary session of the European Parliament and the parliamentary group of the Left. The most anticipated of his appearances will be before the hemicycle of the European Parliament, early in the morning of Wednesday (8.30 am local time, 7.30 GMT), in a debate on the status of the vaccination strategy against covid-19 of the European Union. VON DER LEYEN, AT THE PLENARY OF THE EURPCÁMARA In it, all the edges of the crisis that the European Commission has faced in the last two weeks will come to the fore, since AstraZeneca’s announcement that it would not deliver to the European Union all the...
    The Super Bowl is famous for airing memorable, entertaining and pricey commercials, but during Sunday's game, one will be out of this world. Inspiration4, which is set to become the world's first all-civilian mission to space later this year, is introducing itself to the world February 6 with a 30-second advertisement. Entitled 'Join Us', the promotion is expected to reach a 100 million people, with the goal of inviting everyone to visit the Inspiration4 website for the chance to go to space. The mission was purchased by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who will pilot a SpaceX Dragon capsule in Earth's orbit – and is offering three seats to the public. Scroll down for video  Inspiration4, which is set to become the world's first all-civilian mission to space later this year, is introducing itself to the world February 6 with a 30-second advertisement Isaacman made his fortune in tech, with the...
    The First Minister of Northern Ireland has taken the deeply unusual step of launching a public petition to Parliament to scrap restrictions imposed on trade between the province and the British mainland by Boris Johnson’s deals with the European Union. The British government’s official petitions system, usually meant for members of the general public to bring up issues with the state, is set out so any petition that reaches 10,000 signatures will get a government response. If a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the issue will even be considered for a debate in Parliament. In an unusual step, the leader of one of the United Kingdom’s home nations — Arlene Foster of Northern Ireland, which has its own regional parliament at Stormont — is now using this system to petition the central government directly. Although Northern Ireland is the least populous of the British home nations, the petition has already surged,...
    Jacob Chansley, the QAnon Shaman, is seen at the U.S. Capitol in a Jan. 6, 2021 Getty Images photo. He is also seen in a Feb. 4, 2021 mugshot released by the Alexandria, Va. Detention Center. We’re getting a fresh look at Jacob Chansley, the so-called “QAnon Shaman,” behind jailhouse walls. Officials in Alexandria, Virginia, released Chansley’s mugshot on Thursday evening. Chansley, who has been referred to by his own attorney as “the guy with the horns and the fur, the meditation and organic food,” bears little immediate resemblance to his infamously recognizable self.  The mugshot shows a balding Chansley wearing a simple green collared shirt and, obviously, without the headdress, makeup, or tattoos. Jacob Anthony Chansley, the so-called ‘QAnon Shaman.’ Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images. As Law&Crime previously reported, Chansley was transferred Thursday afternoon to the Alexandria Detention Center because that facility said it could accommodate his requests for an...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Police have a released security camera video of a wrong-way driver striking and killing a bicyclist in downtown Sunday morning as they ask for the public’s help identifying the driver. In the short video clip, the driver of a black pickup truck can be seen veering across two lanes of traffic and driving north in the southbound lanes of South First Street before striking the cyclist. “The vehicle in the video is seen striking the victim and then just continues driving in the wrong direction on South First Street,” said SJPD Officer Steven Aponte. Detectives say they believe the suspect’s vehicle is a black Chevy Silverado, possibly model year 2016 or 2017. The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as 36-year-old Jose Francisco Gastelum. Homeless advocates say it appear the victim lived in an encampment near the crash. “It’s a child...
    Every year the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 14 gives us a love story to ogle at. This year we saw Eijaz Khan and Pavitra Punia having a love-hate relationship inside the house. But their this andaaz was loved by fans as they started calling them PaviJaz. Soon after, Eijaz’s voluntary exit from the reality show, we saw the two making their relationship official during a media interaction. Now, recently the paparazzi clicked the two in the city and this one is their first public appearance. Bigg Boss 14: Pavitra Punia Pens an Emotional Note After Eijaz Khan’s Confession About Being Molested as a Kid. Eijaz and Pavitra smiled and blushed for the lenses. Flashing some electrifying chemistry, the couple were also seen twinning in black. Must say, Eijaz-Pavitra look made for each other and all we would say is god bless the two. For the one’s unaware, during...
    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Legislation to prohibit traps, snares and wildlife poisons from being used on public lands across New Mexico cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday. Environmentalists and animal advocacy groups testified on behalf of the measure during a Senate committee meeting Tuesday, saying that New Mexico needs to join neighboring states and ban what they described as a cruel and outdated practice. Rural residents and wildlife conservation officers said trapping remains an important tool for managing wildlife and protecting livestock. They pointed to changes adopted last year by the state Game Commission after a lengthy public process, saying lawmakers should give the trapping rules a chance to work before imposing a sweeping ban. Under the rules, trappers have to complete an education course and restrictions were imposed on setting traps and snares around designated trailheads and on select tracts of public lands...
    By Norma Galeana and Alan Devall MECCA, Calif. (Reuters) - Deemed an essential workforce during the pandemic, California's mostly Latino farmworkers are also underrepresented in the state's vaccination program, health officials and activists say, prompting the delivery of shots in the fields. In one such campaign, public health officials vaccinated about 250 workers on Monday, including about 150 from Hadley's Date Gardens, in the first of what they hope will be a weekly visit to agricultural lands. "We're essential for the country, to be able to feed the other families," Maria Razo, 45, a date sorter, said from the vaccination site in Mecca, California, about 140 miles (225 km) east of Los Angeles. "Now that we have it, we’re going to work a little safer," Razo said after getting her first of two shots of the vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc and German partner BioNTech SE. Though falling behind health...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Snow is on the ground in Massachusetts, but there is a little bit of spring in the air. Red Sox Spring Training is just around the corner. The team announced its spring plans on Tuesday, and we’re just two weeks away from the return of Red Sox baseball. Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout at JetBlue Park on Feb. 17, with the first full squad workout scheduled for Feb. 22. The first exhibition game of 2021 is set to take plate at JetBlue Park on Feb. 27. You can see the full exhibition scheduler here. Of course, none of it would happen without “Truck Day,” when the Red Sox’ equipment truck departs from Fenway Park with all of the team’s equipment. That will happen on Monday, Feb. 8, with the truck scheduled to arrive in Florida on Thursday, Feb. 11. However, fans are discouraged from...
    ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP / Getty Images Donald Trump’s legal team couldn’t make it one sentence in before making a prominent typo in their argument against his impeachment. Trump’s legal representatives, David Schoen and Bruce Castor Jr. submitted a pretrial brief to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday in defense of the former president. The document carries the arguments they are expected to make about why Trump cannot be impeached for inciting the insurrectionist mob of his supporters who violently stormed the U.S. Capitol in order to overturn the 2020 election. ????????????THREAD ???????????? The 45th President’s Answer to Article of Impeachment: pic.twitter.com/SWm1h0PQk3 — Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) February 2, 2021 Much of the brief delves into Schoen and Castors’ push to dismiss the impeachment trial on procedural grounds. Unfortunately, people were distracted from that because of a glaring spelling mistake right at the top. Did you catch it? If not,...
    The White House Covid-19 Response team is holding a press briefing at 12:15 on Tuesday, February 2nd, which is the first back-to-back briefing for public health officials tasked by President Joe Biden to help abate the spread of Covid-19 and ramp up the delivery of vaccines. The Biden Administration’s stated goal has been to average 1 million vaccines administered each day for the first 100 days. That goal was established before Biden was sworn in, but in the days that preceded the inauguration, there were a few days where that goal had already been met. During a Monday press conference that featured Dr. Anthony Fauci, new CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt announced a new over-the-counter home Covid test that features 95% accuracy and a less invasive nasal swab will be available for consumers this month. The DoD is...
    Astra plans to become the first small rocket maker to go public, the company announced Tuesday, after reaching space for the first time in December. It’ll become the second publicly traded space venture after Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. The Northern California-based rocket firm’s “3.2” launch vehicle blasted to space for the first time in December from its Kodiak, Alaska launch site, a key test mission that “far exceeded our team’s expectations,” Astra CEO Chris Kemp told reporters at the time. The launch demo, though just barely missing orbit, propelled Astra into a small group of firms that have reached space. The company has 50 customer launches lined up, and over $150 million of contracted launch revenue so far. Now, Astra is merging with special purpose acquisition company (or SPAC) Holicity Inc. to take its launch business public in a deal that would value Astra at $2.1 billion. Astra’s ticker will...
    The Pentagon on Saturday announced it would pause a plan to vaccinate Guantanamo Bay detainees, after backlash from Americans unable to get the coronavirus vaccine. Pentagon Chief Spokesman John Kirby tweeted “No Guantanamo detainees have been vaccinated. We’re pausing the plan to move forward, as we review force protection protocols. We remain committed to our obligations to keep our troops safe.” No Guantanamo detainees have been vaccinated. We’re pausing the plan to move forward, as we review force protection protocols. We remain committed to our obligations to keep our troops safe. — John Kirby (@PentagonPresSec) January 30, 2021 The New York Times‘ Carol Rosenberg first reported that the Pentagon planned to offer detainees the vaccine, before millions of Americans would be eligible to receive it. The plan sparked outrage from Republican lawmakers, as well as 9/11-first responders. The detention facility holds some of the alleged plotters of the 9/11 attacks,...
    MELANIA Trump's ex-best friend alleges the former First Lady's public distance from Donald Trump was more of a show - and added Melania would be the first person to call Trump after every rally. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the former friend of and advisor to Melania, claims Melania's public show of irreverence to Trump was just for the cameras, and she would be the one giving Trump high praise behind closed doors. 4Melania called Trump after every rally to praise him, a former friend saidCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4Melania's former best friend said her aloofness was just a showCredit: AFP or licensors "I believe their way of showing affection towards one another is her telling him how wonderful and great he is," Winston Wolkoff said on the Hollywood Life podcast that aired this week. "She was always his first phone call," Winston Wolkoff said of Trump's rallies and public appearances,...
    (CNN)Doug Emhoff has now had a week and a half to adjust to being second gentleman of the United States. It's been a ride.Emhoff recently had a private tour of the Library of Congress, where he learned the history of second ladies who came before him, and also got to touch historical items such as Rosa Parks' bible and Abraham Lincoln's law notes."I just love this stuff!" he said excitedly to the camera, along for the tour to capture Emhoff's thoughts.The optimism, while not naïve, is somewhat in the vein of the blush of the new. Emhoff spent most of his life until now as a Southern Californian, working at big-time law firms, first as managing director, then as partner, negotiating and navigating contracts and litigating on behalf of clients, many of whom were in the entertainment industry. Now he's got an albeit small Secret Service detail, a mini-motorcade, a...
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Saturday that the state has detected its first coronavirus case caused by the variant first identified in South Africa. Hogan said the variant’s presence was confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health in consultation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The case involves an adult living in the Baltimore metro region who has not travelled internationally, raising the prospects of community transmission of the mutated virus.  “State health officials are closely monitoring the B.1.351 variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the state,” said Hogan. “We strongly encourage Marylanders to practice extra caution to limit the additional risk of transmission associated with this variant. Please continue to practice standard public health and safety measures, including mask wearing, regular hand washing, and physical distancing.”  Health officials have raised the alarm over the spread of the variant. While there is insufficient evidence to suggest that...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Ralphs Pharmacy has postponed upcoming COVID-19 vaccine appointments at its Los Angeles County pharmacies after the Department of Public Health took back thousands of doses intended to go to the grocery chain. “When you first get an appointment, I’ve heard this from several people, you feel like you’re winning the lottery,” Cathy Mueller said. She said she felt very lucky when she secured an appointment at Ralphs for herself and her 81-year-old husband to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “So I thought we were covered, that we had our second one scheduled,” she said. “But then I got the email and phone call yesterday.” That email reads: “At the direct request of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) has recovered 10,000 doses from Ralphs previously intended for upcoming scheduled vaccination appointments. These doses...
    COVID data which was "hidden" by the Trump administration has been published for the first time, revealing the worst virus hotspots. Following President Joe Biden's promise of "trust and transparency", Donald Trump's weekly updates to state officials have now been made public. 8The state-level data will continue to be posted every week 8The new data reveals Arizona, South Carolina and California are the nation's worst hotspotsCredit: Getty Images - Getty Cyrus Shahpar, the new White House Covid-19 Data Director, said the State Profile Reports had previously been "hidden" and will now be available to the public. The state-level data will continue to be posted every week, and it has been made available in the same format which was provided to state officials in previous weeks. "We are now sharing previously hidden weekly COVID-19 state profile reports with the public," Shahpar said on Twitter, with a link to the datasets....
    AMSTERDAM — The European Medicines Agency says no new side effects linked to the coronavirus vaccine made by BioNTech and Pfizer were identified in the regulator’s first safety update on COVID-19 vaccines. In a statement published Friday, the European regulator said its expert committee assessed reports of people who died after getting the vaccine and said their review “did not suggest a safety concern.” Earlier this month, Norwegian officials amended their vaccination advice to say that doctors should assess frail and severely ill elderly people to decide if they should be immunized. The EMA concluded that safety data collected on the Pfizer vaccine are “consistent with the known safety profile of the vaccine” and noted that severe allergic reactions are a known, rare side effect. It said the frequency of such allergic reactions was about 11 cases per million doses in the U.S. but that there was no comparable European...
    Stranded health workers brave Oregon snowstorm to keep COVID-19 doses from going to waste Robinhood CEO: You dont need wear a suit and have a terminal to invest Gregg Popovich became one of the first members the NBA to get the COVID-19 vaccine, calling it a no-brainer © via NBA/YouTube Gregg Popovich receives the COVID-19 vaccine. via NBA/YouTube Gregg Popovich received the COVID-19 vaccine in a PSA made by the NBA. Popovich, 73, called getting the vaccine a "no-brainer," saying it will keep him and his family safe. The NBA has said it won't jump the line for vaccines but has also said it discussed getting its players vaccinated early to encourage public vaccination. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich became one of the first members among NBA coaches and players to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In a PSA made...
    Gregg Popovich receives the COVID-19 vaccine. via NBA/YouTube Gregg Popovich received the COVID-19 vaccine in a PSA made by the NBA. Popovich, 73, called getting the vaccine a "no-brainer," saying it will keep him and his family safe. The NBA has said it won't jump the line for vaccines but has also said it discussed getting its players vaccinated early to encourage public vaccination. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich became one of the first members among NBA coaches and players to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In a PSA made by the NBA to encourage people to get the vaccine, Popovich received the vaccine, calling it a "no-brainer" to keep him safe. Popovich turns 73 on Thursday and is deemed an "at-risk" individual. "It will keep me safe, keep my family safe and keep other people safe," Popovich said. He...
    (CNN)South Carolina officials have announced the United States' first two confirmed cases of a more contagious coronavirus strain first spotted in South Africa.There is no known travel history or connection between the cases, both adults, according to a release Thursday from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. One case was confirmed to the department late yesterday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the other was identified by the state's public health laboratory while testing samples over the past several days.CDC said in a statement it was aware of the cases, noting "we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease." The agency said it would continue working with labs around the countries to genetically sequence samples of the virus.Get CNN Healths weekly newsletter Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from...
    The Western Energy Alliance, a trade group representing 200 companies engaged in oil and natural gas exploration and production in the western United States, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday challenging President Joe Biden’s executive order to halt drilling leases on federal land. The Alliance said the order conflicts with existing law and would result in a loss of $33.5 billion in lost Gross Domestic Product (GDP) across eight western states over the course of Biden’s first term. It noted that the majority of companies it represents are small businesses with an average of 14 employees. The order also contradicts Biden’s claim it will fight climate change, citing that the decision also will cost over $8.8 billion annually in conservation funding. “The complaint challenges Biden’s order as exceeding presidential authority and constituting a violation of the Mineral Leasing Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and the Federal Lands Policy and Management Act,”...
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              The first confirmed case of the United Kingdom COVID-19 variant strain in Virginia has been identified, according to a press release on Monday from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Department of General Services Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS). What is currently known to be the only case in the Commonwealth so far was discovered in a sample from an adult residing in Northern Virginia with no recent travel history reported. The case was confirmed by DCLS using next-generation sequencing and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been informed of the matter, the release said. “Sequencing is one of many tools we have available at the state’s public health laboratory to enable medical and public health officials to quickly identify and respond to threats such as emerging COVID-19 variants,” Dr. Denise Toney, director of DCLS, said in...
    White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOn The Money: Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary | Biden says he's open to tighter income limits for stimulus checks | Administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill Biden press secretary playfully accepts advice from 'Scandal' counterpart Overnight Health Care: Biden says anyone who wants vaccine may be able to get it by spring | Moderna says vaccine effective on variants, but tests booster shot | California lifts regional stay-at-home order MORE tells Showtime’s "The Circus" in a new interview that the new administration is working to secure bipartisan cooperation on coronavirus relief but that President Biden would not “wait for a kumbaya” if it threatens to delay aid for Americans. Asked whether at a certain point the White House would “put bipartisanship aside” if it becomes an insurmountable obstacle to action on pandemic relief, Psaki replied, “Maybe, we’ll see.” "We're...
    Safety agencies can also buy their own Cells on Wheels (COWs) to quickly connect to FirstNet by satellite in cases where a conventional link isn’t available, such as during a natural disaster. Not all of this is available nationwide. Vertical GPS, for instance, is limited to 40 markets that include cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. However, these improvements could be vital if they save time during rescues or keep emergency crews in touch when they’d otherwise be left in the dark.
    Rupert Murdoch has warned of the dangers of censorship and curtailing of debate, saying that an 'awful woke orthodoxy' is stifling dissent and hampering societies' ability to reach their true potential. The 89-year-old media mogul made his remarks in a pre-recorded address, broadcast on Saturday as he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from The Australia Day Foundation, a British non-profit. Murdoch, born in Melbourne, Australia, noted that a 'lifetime achievement award does have an air of finality, almost of closure.' He said that his career, which 'began in a smoke-filled Adelaide newsroom, is still in motion.' Rupert Murdoch gave an acceptance speech to thank The Australia Day Foundation  The media mogul was given a lifetime achievement award by the British-based non-profit With a bottle of Australian wine by his side and a medal around his neck, he continued: 'I can assure you that there are many goals...
    ROMAN ABRAMOVICH hailed his personal relationship with Frank Lampard - as the Chelsea owner made a first statement on a managerial sacking. The club legend was dismissed on Monday morning following a recent slump in form. 5Roman Abramovich talked of his respect and relationship with Frank Lampard despite sacking himCredit: Getty Images - Getty He managed 57 Premier League matches with a record of 1.67 points per game, the worst of any Stamford Bridge boss during Abramovich's 18-year era. Lamps departed with the club five points off the top four and still in both the Champions League and FA Cup, beating Luton in his final game in charge. But the owner had seen enough and pulled the trigger - with Thomas Tuchel set to replace him in the dugout. Chelsea fans rarely hear directly from Abramovich, let alone regarding sackings, but he released a public comment upon the sacking...
    By Samah Assad, Christopher Hacker, Brad Edwards CHICAGO (CBS) — The names and other personal information of child sex crime victims remained visible to the public nearly three months after CBS 2 first reported Cook County court officials violated state law by failing to conceal them from public view. Now, officials say more than 10,000 cases of child sexual abuse and assault have finally been protected.  CBS 2 first notified the person charged with protecting those victims’ privacy in court records, then-Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, in September. But Brown refused to restrict access to those cases for more than a month after being told about the problem. She only committed to doing so after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx threatened to sue her for violating an Illinois law that says the information must be removed.  In a statement, the new Circuit Court Clerk, former State Senator Iris Martinez, said she was “appalled to...
    DANCING ON Ice is back and for the 2021 series, complete with a new Golden Ticket opportunity for the star skaters. As the new series kicks off on Sunday (January 17, 2021), judge Christopher Dean has teased a surprise for viewers that could dramatically change the results. 2Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have launched a Golden Ticket on DOI What is the Golden Ticket on Dancing on Ice and how does it work? Dancing On Ice will debut a Golden Ticket twist for 2021 that gives judges power to save a celebrity from the public vote. The judges will be given the chance to give one star skater the chance to get immunity. During the first episode, half the skaters will perform, followed the weekend after by the rest of the line-up. The judges will then decide which of the couples they think deserves to be saved from the first...
    The fines originally amounted to a much steeper $31 million, but the Commission cut them back due to an inability to pay. You might not see more actions like this for a while when concert halls and stadiums are generally closed to the public. However, it might serve as a deterrent for some scalpers whenever it’s safe for public events to resume. There’s not much point to ticket bots if scalpers stand a real chance of losing their profits, after all.
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a proven political strategy: Underpromise and overdeliver. President Joe Biden, in his first three days in office, has painted a bleak picture of the country’s immediate future, warning Americans that it will take months, not weeks, to reorient a nation facing a historic convergence of crises. The dire language is meant as a call to action, but it’s also a deliberate effort to temper expectations. In addition, it is an explicit rejection of President Donald Trump’s tack of talking down the coronavirus pandemic and its economic toll. Chris Lu, a longtime Obama administration official, said the grim tone is aimed at “restoring trust in government” that eroded during the Trump administration. “If you’re trying to get people to believe in this whole system of vaccinations, and if you want people to take seriously mask mandates, your leaders have to level with the American people,” he said....
            by Kaylee Greenlee    A pause in deporting certain noncitizens from the U.S. will be in effect for 100 days starting Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. The pause will be in effect while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reviews immigration enforcement policies and practices, according to Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske. The pause will allow officials to “review and reset” policies to focus on public safety, border and national security. “The United States faces significant operational challenges at the southwest border as it is confronting the most serious global public health crisis in a century,” Pekoske said in the memorandum. “In light of those unique circumstances, the Department must surge resources to the border in order to ensure safe, legal and orderly processing, to rebuild fair and effective asylum procedures that respect human rights and due process, to adopt appropriate public health guidelines and...
    Former President Donald Trump divulged little about his future plans during a brief encounter with a reporter on Friday. Sitting at his regular table in the Grill Room of the Trump International Golf Club at West Palm Beach, Fla., Trump was asked about his plans. "We’ll do something, but not just yet," he told the Washington Examiner before playing an afternoon round. A Trump aide then swiftly, but politely, ended the encounter. Trumps words were his first publicly since leaving Washington, D.C., on Wednesday morning before President Joe Biden was sworn into office shortly before noon. Trump has played golf each of his first two full days out of office. On both days, the former presidents motorcade traveled a short distance from his private club Mar-a-Lago to his golf course. After being spotted playing a morning round Thursday, Trump arrived at the course at 1:20 p.m. ET Friday and went straight to the...
    On Friday, President Donald Trump made his first public remarks since leaving the White House and being replaced by Democrat Joe Biden. A reporter with The Washington Examiner approached Trump at his golf club in Florida and inquired about his future plans. The president was cagey and made a cryptic comment. “We’ll do something, but not just yet,” he told the reporter as he dined with a group of friends. An aide reportedly intervened, abruptly ending the interaction. Around the same time, top Democrats in the House of Representatives announced that they will send an article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday. The lower chamber impeached Trump last week, accusing him of inciting the January 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. The riots exploded after the former president allegedly instructed his supporters to storm the building and stop the certification of Biden’s win. It remains unclear if the evenly...
    Chancellor Rishi Sunak – Paul Grover They call him the “Yorkshire Maharajah,” the king of all he surveys. And certainly, for a Chancellor in a Government presiding over the deepest recession in three centuries, Rishi Sunak is a remarkably popular politician. The cynical explanation is that he is spending money like nobody before him. After all, the forecasts suggest he will soon become the first Chancellor to spend a trillion pounds in a single year. Yet the truth is something different. “He has something lacking in other politicians,” said James Johnson, a pollster. “If I had to make a comparison, it would be with Tony Blair. Sunak has an extraordinary ability to connect with people.” Still only 40, and Chancellor for less than a year, Conservative MPs are already speculating that Mr Sunak will become Britain’s first Asian prime minister. “The relationship between Rishi and Boris is very good,”...
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    A pause in deporting certain noncitizens from the U.S. will be in effect for 100 days starting Friday, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday. The pause will be in effect while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reviews immigration enforcement policies and practices, according to Acting DHS Secretary David Pekoske. The pause will allow officials to “review and reset” policies to focus on public safety, border and national security. “The United States faces significant operational challenges at the southwest border as it is confronting the most serious global public health crisis in a century,” Pekoske said in the memorandum. “In light of those unique circumstances, the Department must surge resources to the border in order to ensure safe, legal and orderly processing, to rebuild fair and effective asylum procedures that respect human rights and due process, to adopt appropriate public health guidelines and protocols, and to prioritize responding to...
    (CNN)We have entered the era of coronavirus anniversaries.Today marks one year since the announcement of the first patient with Covid-19 in the United States. It happened in Washington state, where a male in his 30s who had just returned from visiting Wuhan, China, started experiencing symptoms and quickly sought help at a clinic. Unlike in the movies or on TV, where a sick patient staggers into a hospital waiting room infecting everyone nearby, the doctors and public health experts in Washington state were prepared: They had been carefully monitoring what was going on in China and had been running drills to practice what to do when -- not if -- an infected patient arrived at their doorstep. This patient was tested, hospitalized and isolated, contact-traced, treated and eventually released. Even though this person became the first patient identified, he was almost certainly not THE first case in the country.Over the...
    Bloomberg Vaccinations by Covax; Stock markets at record highs: Colombia Today (Bloomberg) – Global markets soar to record highs on optimism that fiscal spending will revive economic growth and boost corporate results. S&P futures advance after the index registered its best reaction for the first day of a new president’s inauguration since at least 1937. Yields of 10-year Treasury bonds rise less than a basis point, the dollar weakens and currencies of emerging markets advance for the third day in a row. Crude oil falls below USD53 a barrel in New York, as the demand outlook in some of the world’s largest economies, including China, remains fragile. In Colombia, the representative in the country of the World Health Organization (WHO), Gina Tambini, announced that Colombia is among the countries that will receive the first vaccines through the Covax mechanism in the first week of February. This given that the nation...
    New York : The path is clear for new president Joe Biden’s economic team. The legislature that began on Wednesday, January 20, has two fundamental and urgent tasks on its economic agenda starting from day one, “rescue first and rebuild later.” In an economy prey to COVID, the first thing on the agenda is to get the country out of the crisis with the aid package for citizens, companies and local governments, as well as a rapid vaccination strategy. It is the rescue. The second thing is to start your schedule called Build Back Better with special emphasis on infrastructure, innovation, research and development and clean energy. The new president will undo much of what the Donald Trump Administration has done, especially in matters of labor rights, alternative energy, foreign trade (import tariffs), consumer protection and taxation, among other matters. The ultimate goal is to reverse the growing trend...
    President Biden laid out on Thursday a strategy for addressing the coronavirus that included increasing funding and the number of federal employees deployed to meet an ambitious set of goals for countering the pandemic. His national strategy consists of 10 new executive orders directing federal agencies to make a variety of reforms designed to, among other things, fill supply shortfalls. The White House will establish a COVID-19 Response Office responsible for coordinating the multi-faceted effort across federal agencies. Some of the key provisions include instructing the federal government to fully reimburse costs for vaccinations, using National Guard personnel, providing emergency supplies, and allowing school reopenings. The strategy also creates a Public Health Jobs Corps designed to have in place 100,000 COVID-19 contact tracers, community health workers, and public health nurses.  Biden has issued an executive order working to implement masking across the U.S. One of his new orders directs agencies to require masks...
    WILMINGTON, Del.  (CBS/CNN) — Delaware’s favorite son will hit the ground running once he is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States Wednesday. President-elect Joe Biden, who plans to make the coronavirus pandemic his top priority, will begin his presidency by asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days and requiring their use on federal property. His first executive order, the “100 Days Masking Challenge,” will symbolize the administration’s sharp turn from the Trump era by emphasizing recommendations by public health experts. A president cannot tell states or cities what to do, but a federal mandate will affect federal offices and federal lands and will urge states to do the same. “This executive action will direct the agencies to take action to require compliance with CDC guidance on mask wearing and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors,” said Biden...
    More On: jack ma Chinese billionaire Jack Ma seen on video, reportedly ‘laying low’ Who is Jack Ma? Where the Chinese billionaire came from and disappeared to Jack Ma mystery continues with report he’s just laying low Chinese billionaire hasn’t been seen in over two months Jack is back — and investors are relieved. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s stock price surged Wednesday after billionaire founder Jack Ma made his first public appearance in nearly three months. Alibaba’s US-listed shares jumped 6.8 percent in premarket trading to $268.81 as of 7:03 a.m. after Ma resurfaced at an online ceremony that his charity organized for rural teachers, quelling concerns about his lengthy silence. The English teacher-turned-tech tycoon spoke from a room adorned with floral arrangements and a large painting in a 50-second video that also included footage of Ma visiting a school in China’s Tonglu county last week. Before the brief...
    Nations oldest Black sorority heralds Harris ascent to VP: Anything is possible Gay US couple to be deported after calling Bali queer friendly Jack Ma Emerges for First Time Since Ant, Alibaba Crackdown (Bloomberg) -- Load Error Jack Ma resurfaced for the first time since China’s government began clamping down on his business empire nearly three months ago, appearing in a live-streamed video that sent Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s stock soaring but left plenty of unanswered questions about the billionaire’s fate. Ma spoke briefly on Wednesday during an annual event he hosts to recognize rural teachers. In one video of the event circulated online, China’s most famous entrepreneur can be seen touring a primary school in his hometown of Hangzhou. Ma, who had stayed out of public view since regulators suspended the initial public offering of his fintech company Ant Group Co., told the teachers he’ll spend...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Jack Ma just made his first public appearance in months as his tech empire continues to grapple with challenges from Chinese regulators. The billionaire co-founder of Alibaba (BABA) resurfaced Wednesday in a video published online by Tianmu News, a subsidiary of the Zhejiang government's official newspaper. Zhejiang province is home to Hangzhou, the city where Alibaba is based. Ma had not made a public appearance or social media post since late October, just over a week before Alibaba financial affiliate Ant Group was scheduled to list on Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges. The IPO was blocked at the last minute by Chinese regulators, and his companies have since been targeted as part of an escalating crackdown on tech by Beijing. Alibaba is facing an existential crisisIn the video, which Tianmu News says was shot Wednesday morning, Ma is shown speaking to dozens of teachers in rural...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Right now, only about 6,000 vaccines are available for Minnesota’s educators and child care staff. Those shots will begin on Thursday. Amy Aho is one of twenty educators in Brainerd Public Schools who will get the COVID-19 vaccine later this week. She’s a speech language pathologist for kindergarten through fourth-grade students. “I felt like I won the lottery,” she said. “I have to see mouths for what I do. We wear shields – if they remember their shields – but I do feel like at times I can be fairly exposed.” It’s the same story across the state, with Minnesota leaders acknowledging right now districts have far more demand than supply until the federal government sends more vaccine. Districts were given guidance from the state on how to prioritize who could have access first. The state asks school districts to consider factors like risk of infection, risk...
    President-elect Joe Biden's daughter Ashley says she is 'worried' about her father's safety at Wednesday's inauguration in light of the 'horrifying' MAGA riots at the Capitol earlier this month.  In her first televised interview, the 39-year-old future First Daughter shared her fears for her 78-year-old father, while confirming that her mother Jill, 69, has had no contact from Melania Trump, describing the outgoing First Lady's decision to skip 'traditional protocols' as 'unfortunate'.  24 hours before Biden is inaugurated at the 46th President of the United States, Ashley voiced her concerns over the safety of the event, telling former First Daughter and Today host Jenna Bush Hager: 'I think anybody you love who is being threatened or... yes, you worry.' Personal: Joe Biden's daughter Ashley has appeared in her first televised interview, during which she discussed her 'worry' about her father's safety at the inauguration on Wednesday  Concern: 'I...
    California has become the first U.S state to post more than 3 million total coronavirus cases.   As of Tuesday, the western state, home to 40 million residents, has 3,015,644 confirmed infections, including 33,724 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.  According to the Associated Press, it took California 292 days from the first confirmed infection on January 25 to November 11 of last year to reach 1 million infections.  The state has since undergone a dramatic surge of new infections that has pushed health care systems to the verge of collapse, recording 2 million cases by Christmas Eve — a space of 44 days — and reaching the 3 million mark in less than 30 days.  The grim milestone comes as California’s mass vaccination efforts have hit a major roadblock.   A vile of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at an ambulance company in Santa Fe Springs,...
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of Germany’s 16 states are expected Tuesday to extend and tighten a partial lockdown beyond January, as fears grow over virus variant strains believed to be more contagious. Germany shuttered restaurants, leisure and sporting facilities in November, then expanded the shutdown in mid-December to include schools and most shops to halt runaway growth in new coronavirus infections. The measures ordered until the end of January have brought about a “flattening of the infections curve”, said Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert, noting also that the number of patients in intensive care had also fallen slightly. “This trend is cautiously positive and a success of the restrictions of the last weeks,” he said. “But it only brings us to the point where we still have a long way to go before we can say we have the infections under control,” he added. Virus variants first seen in Britain...
    La Tribune.- Your last and third fundraiser valued your company at $ 15 billion, a valuation multiplied by 7 since your first fundraising in 2019. What inspires you these figures that can make you dizzy and how do you explain this soaring? the value of Checkout.com? Guillaume Pousaz.- When we launched the company in 2012, we never expected to achieve this valuation today. On the other hand, we have always been convinced of the immense potential available to us in the field of online payments, and even more today when I watch my children interact with the web and their mobile. Of course, these valuations may seem high but when we compare our numbers and our performance with those of our competitors, we are still cheaper for our investors! Our revenue growth rate is over 90% in 2020 and our customer pipeline is among the largest in the world,...
    Originally, the Acapulco councilor had posted on Facebook that she had already received the vaccine, but the post has already been deleted According to the Federal Government, an immunization plan was going to be carried out that would take into account the risk, age and occupation of the patients President AMLO himself said that his cabinet and the rest of the officials of his administration would not be vaccinated in the first stage In itself, the massive distribution of the anti-COVID vaccine is a logistical hell for any country, regardless of its economic, political or social power. But in the particular case of Mexico, it seems that it is also becoming a scandal for the federal administration. Several reports have denounced that the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has not followed its own immunization schedule. In it, the doctors were to be vaccinated first. In Reforma data, the...
    Los Angeles has become the first county in the nation to record more than 1 million coronavirus cases, health officials said. More than 14,669 new cases were reported on Saturday, bringing its total count to 1,003,923, the Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health said. The grim milestone comes as there are 7,597 people currently hospitalized with the virus and have been at least 13,741 deaths. “Our community is bearing the brunt of the winter surge, experiencing huge numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, five times what we experienced over the summer,” Barbara Ferrer, who is director of the county’s Department of Public Health. Health officials on Saturday also confirmed its first case of the new strain of coronavirus first detected in the United Kingdom. The patient is a man who recently spent time in the county and now has traveled to Oregon, where he is isolating. “This more...
    More On: Coronavirus AOC disagrees with Biden’s ‘optimistic’ view of GOP Housing may again be behind the 2008-ball WWE moves WrestleMania 37 to city where fans can attend Kansas nurses refuse to give COVID-19 vaccines Los Angeles has become the first county in the nation to record more than 1 million coronavirus cases, health officials said. More than 14,669 new cases were reported on Saturday, bringing its total count to 1,003,923, the Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Health said. The grim milestone comes as there are 7,597 people currently hospitalized with the virus and have been at least 13,741 deaths. “Our community is bearing the brunt of the winter surge, experiencing huge numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, five times what we experienced over the summer,” Barbara Ferrer, who is director of the county’s Department of Public Health. Health officials on Saturday also confirmed its first case of...
    This is one of the consequences of the coronavirus. French public debt will remain above 100% of GDP for “ten years at least”, estimated Sunday the first president of the Court of Auditors Pierre Moscovici, adding that the stake was to ensure that it remains “sustainable”. “We will live for at least ten years with a public debt greater than 100% of GDP. We will live for at least 5 years, 4 to 5 years, with budget deficits greater than 3% of GDP”, said the former guest European commissioner of Radio J. France has spent lavishly since the spring of 2020 to face the health and economic crisis, with more than 86 billion euros disbursed to support businesses and the health sector. The country should thus have ended the year 2020 with a debt of around 120% of GDP, which is expected to further swell to 122.4% this year...
    Los Angeles County has recorded over 1 million coronavirus infections, becoming the first county in the U.S. to reach the grim milestone. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported 1,003,923 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, and a total of 13,741 deaths. Earlier this week, the county estimated that 1 in 3 residents have contracted the disease since the pandemic began, meaning that at least 3 million residents may have been infected. The department also confirmed the first case of the more contagious COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, which was first discovered in the U.K., in a male who had spent time in the county and traveled to Oregon, where he is quarantining. Public Health Announces First Confirmed Case of U.K. Coronavirus Variant as Los Angeles County Surpasses 1 Million Total Cases; 253 New Deaths and 14,669 New Positive Cases of #COVID19. View https://t.co/iIME3A7PAg for More Information. pic.twitter.com/smSgaOsk0N— LA...
    LONDON (AP) — Prince William is encouraging everyone in Britain to follow the example of Queen Elizabeth II, his grandmother, in being inoculated against COVID-19 as authorities battle unsubstantiated fears about vaccine safety. The second in line to the throne spoke about the queen and her spouse, Prince Philip, during a video call with National Health Service staff and volunteers that was released late Saturday. The medics told William some members of the public are reluctant to get any of the coronavirus vaccines authorized by regulators. “My grandparents have had the vaccine and I am very proud of them for doing that,’’ William said. “It is really important that everyone gets the vaccine when they are told to.” The queen, 94, last week disclosed that she and Philip, 99, had received the first dose of vaccine. The disclosure was meant to end speculation about the matter and to boost confidence...
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    . videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 . .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with...
    EFE videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 (EFE) .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with...
    EFE videos Former Minister Margarita Cabello takes over as Colombia’s first attorney Bogotá, Jan 15 (EFE) .- The former Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello Blanco assumed this Friday as Colombia’s attorney general for a period of four years, thus becoming the first woman to lead the Public Ministry. “As the first woman to come to the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation in 186 years, I will be the spokesperson for women at this juncture (of the pandemic) that has been so costly for us and for the defense of our rights,” Cabello said during its possession in a ceremony in the House of Nariño, headquarters of the Executive. Cabello has a long history as a lawyer in public service, including as a judge of the Civil Chamber and president of the Supreme Court of Justice. The new attorney was elected by the Senate last August – with...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The decision to lift the stay-at-home order is lifting the spirits of zoo lovers. The reopening, combined with warmer temperatures, has zoo leaders looking on the bright side after a dark year economically in 2020. Even the animals were excited about the first day back open at the Sacramento Zoo. After being closed down for five weeks, doors opened to the public. The Michael family was one of the first in line. “This is the first time that the baby has been to the zoo; she turned 2 in December and we’re really excited to be here,” said Dawn Michael. With a year of pandemic pressures, working from home, distance learning for two kids, and now social unrest, a trip to the zoo is a welcomed escape. “It’s nice to be able to get out and do something like this,” said Joedy Michaels. “We just love the...
    Meghan Markle feels 'sick to her stomach' about her half-sister Samantha's upcoming bombshell memoir, sources have claimed. Samantha, 56, is set to release the book titled 'The Diary of Princess Pushy's Sister Part 1' in the US next month, after announcing she was writing the memoir in 2016.  According to Barnes & Noble, which is set for release on February 1, the Duchess' sister promises the 330-page tome will expose 'hidden truths about her family, as a royal fairy tale plummets from the tea towels'.  Insiders told In Touch the Duchess of Sussex, 39, who is currently living in her $14 million Santa Barbara mansion with Prince Harry, 36, and one-year-old Archie, is upset about the book but 'won't act bothered in public.'   The Duchess of Sussex, 39,  feels 'sick to her stomach' about her half-sister Samantha's upcoming bombshell memoir, sources have claimed Meghan Markle's half-sister Samantha (pictured)...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With demand for the coronavirus vaccine vastly outpacing supply, California’s efforts to methodically plan who gets a vaccine and when are quickly being thrown out the window. At Lompoc Valley Medical Center, officials had planned to give out 100 doses to people 75 and older on Wednesday, its first day of vaccinations. But word-of-mouth quickly traveled through the small city in Santa Barbara County and by day’s end 350 people had received a shot, many without the required appointment, hospital chief executive Steve Popkin said. “Understandably, there was a lot of excitement among these members of our community,” he said in an email. Chuck Ruffner, 74 and with an underlying health condition, was among those inoculated. He got a call Wednesday morning from a friend, who learned through their mutual medical group that shots were available. Ruffner arrived, got vaccinated in 20 minutes and called two...
    Pope Francis received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday as the Vatican began its vaccination campaign, according to reports. The inoculation of the 84-year-old pontiff was first reported by America, a U.S.-based Jesuit news outlet, and Argentine daily newspaper La Nacion, both citing Vatican sources. It is believed that Francis received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and will get a second jab in three weeks. POPE FRANCIS PRAYS FOR US CAPITOL VICTIMS, CALLS VIOLENCE 'SELF-DESTRUCTIVE' The Vatican has yet to officially confirm the pope’s vaccination. Retired Pope Benedict XVI, 93, also plans on getting vaccinated against the virus, according to media reports. Pope Francis told a TV interviewer on Sunday that he would receive the coronavirus vaccine this week. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file) The Vatican’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout began Wednesday in the Paul VI Hall in Vatican City, Matteo Bruni, the director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed...
    Flint water crisis: Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and others will be indicted, reports say Alexey Navalny to Return to Russia This Week Despite Prison Threat SoftBank-backed online car dealer Auto1 to go public in first quarter, plans to raise $1.2 billion German online car trading platform Auto1 on Wednesday announced it is planning to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the first quarter of 2021. It is aiming to raise approximately 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) from newly-issued shares in an initial public offering. The eight-year-old company sold over 615,000 cars and generated 3.5 billion euros in revenue across 30 countries in 2019. © Provided by CNBC Thousands of cars manufactured in Germany are stored at Immingham Docks on March 08, 2019 in Grimsby, England. It has been reported that many car manufacturers are stockpiling cars in the UK due to uncertainty ahead of the...
    To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.    The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Breaking: Trump calls impeachment efforts ‘ridiculous’ and cause of ‘tremendous anger’ | Trump holds first public event since Twitter ban | Visits Texas border wall | Capitol Police warn of 3 upcoming potentially violent plots | Senators to be briefed on inauguration security | Pelosi gives tour of ransacked office | Inside Pelosi’s push for impeachment | Hawley, Cruz face possible censure | Trump admin. releases more vaccine doses | Man has 2 password guesses left before losing $220M in Bitcoin   NEWS THIS MORNING This is the first we’ve heard from Trump in days:     Via The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant, Leaving for a...
    President Trump on Tuesday, in his first public appearance since last week’s Capitol riot, said he wants "no violence." Departing the White House, Trump stopped and made brief remarks to reporters. He also referenced the new impeachment effort against him in Congress. "We want no violence, and on the impeachment, it is a continuation of the greatest witch hunt in the history of politics," Trump said, calling it "ridiculous" and saying it is "causing tremendous anger." TRUMP ACKNOWELDGED HE BORE SOME BLAME FOR CAPITOL RIOT IN CONVERSATION WITH MCCARTHY "I want no violence," Trump said again before boarding Marine One. They were the president’s first comments to reporters in public since the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, which sent Congress into lockdown as lawmakers met in a joint session to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election for President-elect Joe Biden. The riot left five people dead, including a Capitol Police...
    U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.Jim Bourg | Reuters President Donald Trump on Tuesday doubled down his incendiary rhetoric that incidted the Capitol riot last week, warning that it was dangerous to the United States for him to be impeached for his conduct. Trump, who faces an expected impeachment by the House of Representatives, also claimed that "I want no violence," during brief remarks to reporters as he left the White House to travel to Texas. The president did not answer when asked if he would resign before the end of his term next week. Trump's comments were the first time that he had spoken to the media since last Wednesday, when thousands of his suppporters invaded the halls of Congress, killing a Capitol...
    President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20 will be a public show of bipartisan unity, attended by the three administrations before President Donald Trump. “This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people — one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an ‘America united,'” Presidential Inaugural Committee’s chief executive officer Tony Allen said of the eponymous inaugural theme. The ceremony will be attended by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, as well as former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton. While Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania will leave the day before for their Florida home. 96-year-old former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are unable to travel due to health concerns and will not be in attendance. Immediately after being sworn in, Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, and their respective spouses will lay...
    With only a few days left in President Trump's term, Congressional Democrats are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office. Now, Mary Trump, the president's niece, says that Mr. Trump must be held accountable for Wednesday's Capitol assault and "barred from ever running for public office again." In an interview on CBSN's "Red & Blue," Trump told host Elaine Quijano that the riot on Capitol Hill was a "direct result of [the president's] unwillingness to concede the election. His insistence that it was stolen or rigged." "And it was also the direct result of the abject cowardice shown by his own party, and its failure to stand up to his egregious lies around this election," she said. Trump said that, while she was not surprised by the violent events of January 6, she was still "horrified." Trump, a psychologist...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Monday brought a controversial return to the classroom for some Chicago Public Schools students. It was the first day of in-person learning since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Things looked very different from the last time the classrooms were filled with students. Only pre-kindergarten and special education students were in attendance Monday. They donned masks, used hand sanitizer and made sure they kept their distance from their fellow students. It is a new reality that CPS President Dr. Janice Jackson said is necessary for many Chicago families. “We know that remote learning is not an option for all of our students,” she said. That includes Martha Casdaneda and her daughter Crystal, who spoke with CBS 2’s Meredith Barack as the day wrapped up at Dawes Elementary School in the Ashburn neighborhood. “I think for me it’s better because she gets more motivated,” Casdaneda said. “At home she...
    President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenOutgoing Capitol Police chief accuses House, Senate security officials of hindering efforts to call in National Guard: WaPo PGA announces plans to move 2022 championship from Trump property Former Democratic senator: Biden Justice Department may investigate Jan. 6 rally speakers for incitement MORE publicly received his second dose of the vaccine for the novel coronavirus on Monday in a continued bid to bolster public confidence in the inoculation.  “My number one priority is getting vaccine into people’s arms, like I just did today, as rapidly as we can,” Biden, wearing a black face mask, told reporters immediately after receiving his second dose of the vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech. The president-elect also said that he planned to release more details about his plan to combat the coronavirus on Thursday. He is scheduled to meet virtually with advisers on coronavirus Monday afternoon, Biden said. Biden received the...
    There were long lines of people waiting, sometimes for hours, to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. While 21 million doses have been delivered so far through Operation Warp Speed, it's been slow getting into the arms of Americans."We've seen good protection from all the vaccines after one dose at least about 50%. Not as good as two doses but the thought it get the vaccine out to as many people as possible," said Dr. John Brownstein and epidemiologist and ABC News Medical Contributor.A debate is growing over how and when to roll out more vaccines.President-elect Joe Biden says he plans on releasing a majority of the vaccine to the public instead of holding back production for a second dose."The rollout has been a travesty. This will be the greatest operational challenge we will ever face as a nation."While more people would have access to the first dose, it risks delaying getting...
    Eva Amurri and new boyfriend Ian Hock have made their public debut. Though Amurri, 35, wrote on her blog last week that she was hesitant to share a photo of Hock because he’s not a public figure, it seems she couldn’t resist showing off the chef to her followers. Over the weekend, Amurri posted a black-and-white selfie with Hock and pasted a colorful “hello” and some hearts over the photo. Amurri and Hock met one night while she was dining out at his restaurant in Connecticut. On her blog she described her new beau as “6’4’’ and makes me feel like a small little person which at 5’10” myself is NOT easy to do.” She added, “By the time he took me to dinner for the first time, I felt SO close to him, and so safe with him, and it was an old-fashioned courtship in a lot...
    (CNN)With supplies of Covid-19 vaccines scarce, a federal advisory panel recommends first putting shots into the arms of health care workers, who keep the nation's medical system running, and long-term care residents most likely to die from the coronavirus.Nowhere on the list of prioritized recipients are public officials' spouses.Yet the first ladies of Kentucky and West Virginia, Republican Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, Democratic President-elect Joe Biden's wife, Jill Biden, and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' husband, Doug Emhoff, were among the first Americans to get the potentially lifesaving shots. JUST WATCHEDGupta describes his parents 'camping out' 9 hours for vaccineReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHGupta describes his parents 'camping out' 9 hours for vaccine 02:44Kentucky also vaccinated six former governors and four former first ladies, including current Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's parents.The early vaccinations of political spouses spurred outrage on social media, with several Twitter users saying they should not...
    Neil Sheehan, N.Y. Times reporter who obtained Pentagon Papers and chronicled ‘Bright Shining Lie’ of Vietnam, dies at 84 Anger and incredulity at police failure to defend the Capitol from Trump mob SoFi Plans for More Mergers After Going Public Through SPAC (Bloomberg) -- Social Finance Inc. is planning for takeovers after agreeing to go public in a merger with a blank-check company that values the upstart at around $8.7 billion. © Bloomberg Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and chief executive officer of Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings Corp., speaks during an interview following Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.'s initial public offering (IPO) on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. became the first space-tourism business to go public as it began trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange with a market value of about...
    WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – Health care workers who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in December received their second dose this week, including staff at Centura Health on Wednesday. Doctors want to remind the public it is necessary to get both shots for the vaccine to become fully effective.  “It’s critical for those people who are considering getting vaccinated, those who have received that first dose of the vaccination go on to get the second dose of the vaccine,” said Dr. Andrew French, the vice president of quality, safety, and clinical operations for Centura Health. “That’s really critical in terms of us really seeing the light of the tunnel and reaching the conclusion ultimately of this pandemic.” French demonstrated the second dose vaccination to remind the public about possible side effects and next steps. He received the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine, which requires three weeks in between...
    TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Health officials have confirmed the first known case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 (the same variant discovered in the UK) in Texas. Harris County Public Health issued a release stating the patient is a male between the ages of 30-40. He has no travel history and is stable. He will remain in isolation until health officials clear him. ????Today, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) confirmed the first case of the #COVID19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK. This the first known case in Harris County and the State of Texas. Full release below: pic.twitter.com/Inoqu5fK5k — Harris County Public Health #SocialDistance (@hcphtx) January 7, 2021 Latest Coronavirus News | Coronavirus Resources MORE FROM CBSDFW Haven’t Received 2nd Stimulus Check?  Here Are 4 Reasons Why Winter Storm On Track To Bring Rain, Snow To North Texas This Weekend Texans Among Dozens Reporting Allergic Reactions TO...
    Olivia Wilde's latest Instagram post has been trolled by Harry Styles fanatics just days after the pair confirmed their romance at his agent's wedding over the weekend.   The actress, 36, took to Instagram earlier this month with a funny New Year meme of rock band Ramones, but was flooded with criticism over her relationship with the musician, 26, who he is working with on the film she is directing, Don't Worry Darling. Some of the One Direction star's followers claimed the mother-of-two 'stole' him from them and slammed their decision to advance from colleagues to lovers, while others defended their romance and branded the hate 'embarrassing'. Backlash: Olivia Wilde's latest Instagram post has been trolled by Harry Styles fanatics just days after they confirmed their romance at his agent's wedding over the weekend (pictured) Screen star Olivia's post read: '2020, 24 hours to go' - a funny spin on Ramones' 1978...
    BLUE BELL, Pa. (CBS) – Montgomery County is launching its first COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday morning. The site will open at 9 a.m. at the Health Sciences Center on the campus of Montgomery County Community College. But because the vaccine is still in short supply, this is only open to a specific group of people with appointments. The clinic is only vaccinating people in the CDC defined 1A category, who live or work in Montgomery County. Those who qualify are healthcare workers, including but not limited to: physicians, nurses, EMS personnel, dentists, technicians and therapists. That is not an exhaustive list, appointments are necessary and walk-up registration will not be accepted. You’ll need to fill out a survey online at  You can find that at www.montcopa.org. Meantime, Delaware County is preparing to open a mass vaccination site as well. Construction is underway to transform an old supermarket in Yeadon....
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — The first African American lawmakers to lead the California Legislature’s public safety committees at the same time promised Tuesday to bring “radical change” to improve the treatment of Black and Latino people by law enforcement. But the two also immediately acknowledged that their goals don’t differ much from previous legislative attempts and may not bear fruit for another generation. Sen. Steve Bradford and Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer both spoke in sometimes intensely personal terms arising from their own experiences while the Democratic lawmakers from Los Angeles County previewed what they hope to accomplish together as the historic first Black tandem to lead the committees. “We’re both African Americans and as we all know this issue has disproportionately affected not only African Americans but also Latinos, and we can now focus like a laser to make sure that our communities are not continuing to be oppressed,” said Jones-Sawyer....
    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) —  Montgomery County is launching its first public vaccination site tomorrow. Eyewitness News was at Montgomery County Community College and all day we’ve been watching the hustle and bustle of crews working to get the site ready for tomorrow. There’s a lot of anticipation for Montgomery County’s first public COVID-19 vaccination site. It’s set to open inside the gymnasium of Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell Wednesday. “Those eligible to receive the vaccine will fall under the category of Phase 1A, which are health care workers,” County Commissioner Joe Gale said. Appointments are required to do that. A survey needs to be filled out on montcopa.org. Over in Delaware County, construction is underway to transform an old supermarket in Yeadon into a mass vaccination site. Dr. Monica Taylor, a Delaware County councilmember, expects the site to open in a few weeks. “We chose the...
    The coronavirus vaccines were supposed to hail the hopeful end of 2020 much like Apollo 8′s beautiful achievement of orbiting the moon offered America an upbeat grand finale to 1968′s awful drumbeat of war, assassination and rioting. vaccIt’s been three weeks now since the first FedEx shipments of the Pfizer vaccine from a Michigan warehouse inspired O.J.’s white Bronco-style coverage on cable TV. And while the number of doses of the two FDA-approved treatments delivered — more than 13 million by last weekend, according to the federal government — so far has been somewhat disappointing, the delays in actually jabbing Americans with these doses are quickly becoming unconscionable. The number of people getting their first dose is just 4.2 million, or less than a third of the doses that have been delivered. In Fort Myers, Fla., 74-year-old Mina Bobel and her husband dragged themselves out of bed at 2 a.m....
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suggested Britain's drug regulator may be gambling with public safety by expanding the time gap between administration of the first and second doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine beyond that proven safe and effective by trial data. The FDA warned in a statement on Monday that there was a "potential for harm" if people believed they were protected against COVID-19 by a first dose of Pfizer's vaccine for longer than available data demonstrate. Facing a dramatic surge in both infections and hospitalizations — fueled, according to U.K. officials, by a more infectious strain of the coronavirus discovered in southeast England — British officials decided last week to change their inoculation strategy. Concern vaccines might not work as well on South African strain The focus is now on getting as many people as possible a first dose of either the Pfizer shot or the other...
    The first Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 are getting their second dose, while Britain has decided to postpone boosters and focus instead on giving more people a first shot — international differences that are adding to public confusion. The U.S. and other countries are facing logjams in using the scarce shots that already have been raced out. Still, there’s ongoing debate about how to stretch supplies. Here are some questions and answers about vaccine dosing: WHAT VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE? That differs by country. The U.S. is allowing emergency use of two very similar vaccines, one made by Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech and the other made by Moderna. Britain is using the Pfizer shot and a different type of vaccine made by AstraZeneca that also has been cleared in India. The European Union is rolling out the Pfizer shot. Each requires two doses for full protection, either three weeks or four weeks...
    LONDON (AP) – Britain on Monday took another giant step in the fight against COVID-19, ramping up its immunization program by giving the first shots in the world from the vaccine created by Oxford University and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. Dialysis patient Brian Pinker, 82, was the first to get the new vaccine shot, administered by the chief nurse at Oxford University Hospital. Pinker said he was so pleased and that he can “now really look forward to celebrating my 48th wedding anniversary with my wife Shirley later this year.” Today marks a pivotal moment in the campaign against coronavirus. I’m thrilled Britain is the first country in the world to start the @UniofOxford / @AstraZeneca vaccination programme. This is our way out of the pandemic pic.twitter.com/j6ufH5laVl — Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) January 4, 2021 Since Dec. 8, Britain’s National Health Service has been using a vaccine made by Pfizer and the...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. County must require testing at Santa Rita A surge of COVID-19 infections at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin is a threat to our community. As of Dec. 30, 109 inmates and at least 12 employee/contractors have confirmed infections. One hundred eight-nine test results are pending. The infection rate is no doubt higher. No effort is made to test the entire population and testing is purely voluntary for inmates and staff. COVID infections in jails present a serious threat to the public due to large turnover. Of the nearly 25,000 inmates passing through Santa Rita in 2019 over 80% were there fewer than 30 days, according to a Nov. 16 memo to the Board of Supervisors from County Health Care Services. This year, 45 known COVID-positive individuals were released to the community. The virus can be...