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    SAN RAMON—Despite residents protests, the San Ramon City Council approved of a 32-pump Costco gas station on the border of San Ramon and Danville, denying one man’s appeal. What has been called by opponents as a “mega” gas station, the new Costco fueling station would be located on 3111 Fostoria Way, across the street from the current Danville Costco. The former 2.8-acre Office Depot site is just 520 feet away from condos and townhomes. Resident Reza Mamoodi filed an appeal shortly after the Planning Commission’s December approval of the project. But City Council unanimously denied his appeal Thursday night, and approved the project. Would-be neighbors to the gas station and other residents who opposed the project stated the extra traffic generated would be a nightmare, and were concerned about potential air quality impacts caused by emissions of idling cars as drivers wait for an open pump. Mamoodi’s claims in his appeal were...
    The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has published a map of key coronavirus vaccination locations approved by the state department of public health. Scan the map for your area and click the blue dot for more information. The map contains primarily local health providers including pharmacies, community hospitals and doctor’s offices. Gov. Gavin Newsom says these outlets are the “backbone” of the state’s vaccination efforts. The California Department of Public Health, CalFire, CalTrans among other outlets have contributed information to the map, which is being updated regularly.  
    COACHELLA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Coachella City Council has approved an ordinance to offer hero pay for farmworkers.The city says it's the first in the country to adopt such a rule for the farmworker community.The emergency ordinance, which was approved Wednesday night, impacts certain agriculture operations, grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurants in Coachella.The rule requires the businesses to provide an extra $4 an hour to employees for at least 120 days.MORE: Organization working to vaccinate more Latino farmworkers in CAEMBED More News Videos Latinos make up less than 40% of California's population but account for 55% of the state's COVID-19 cases. WATCH | How the agriculture industry is dealing with COVID-19EMBED More News VideosThe agricultural industry is making sure the food we eat every day is clean and safe.
    HOUSE Speaker Nancy Pelosi has promised Democrats will try to pass the next coronavirus relief bill before the end of the month, when unemployment benefits expire for thousands of Americans. She told reporters the House hopes to green-light the $1.9 trillion stimulus package "as soon as possible" before the March 14 deadline. 4Pelosi said the House hopes to get the coronavirus relief bill passed before the end of the monthCredit: The Mega Agency 4Thousands of Americans are at risk of losing their benefits if the bill is not passedCredit: Alamy Live News Pelosi said she hopes it will be, "by the end of February so we can send it to the president's desk before unemployment benefits expire." She began her weekly briefing saying it had been "quite a week", before swiftly moving on to Joe Biden's brainchild, 'The American Rescue Plan'. Democrats are set to fast-track the scheme through budget...
    VIDEO8:0308:03Bitcoin ETF prospects for 2021 as Tesla makes big bet, Democrats take controlETF Edge Another year, another filing. A bitcoin-based exchange-traded fund could see the light of day in 2021 after a changing of the guard at the Securities and Exchange Commission and some promising developments in the corporate arena, Jeff Kilburg, founder and CEO of KKM Financial and a partner at Valkyrie, told CNBC on Monday. At least 10 firms have filed and failed to gain approval for the long-awaited product, with the SEC frequently citing security concerns and the market's immaturity as reasons for its denials. "It's a similar approach to the way I strategically asked my wife to marry me. Around the 15th or 20th time I asked, she finally said yes," Kilburg told CNBC's "ETF Edge." With bitcoin soaring to record highs on newfound interest from Tesla and other major companies and the CME Group launching...
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    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact across the world and also in cities across Northern California. The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and other hot topics. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 CA REOPENING TIERS: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system COVID-19 VACCINE: Find out where you are in line LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the U.S.: Feb. 10, 20218 a.m.SJ...
    BAll cryptocurrencies in circulation around the world, including dicoins, will be banned in the country immediately. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said this was in line with the recommendations of a high-level committee set up to study cryptocurrencies. Only virtual currencies issued by the government will be allowed to be traded in the country. The Finance Minister was responding to a question at the state level on whether there were any plans to issue stricter orders regarding cryptocurrency trading. The Reserve Bank had earlier banned banks from allowing cryptocurrency related transactions. The Finance Minister made this clear in his 2018-19 budget speech. It was said at the time that cryptocurrencies were not recognized as country-recognized transactions. However, the government brought in the bill after the Supreme Court lifted the ban on cryptocurrency transactions. The Cabinet will soon approve the ban bill. Neither the Reserve Bank nor...
    IRVINE (CBSLA) – Irvine on Tuesday became the latest city in the Southland to approve a pay hike for grocery store workers due to the risks they have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. A Food 4 Less employee pushes carts past supermarket workers gathered to protest in front of a supermarket in Long Beach, Calif., on Feb. 3, 2021, after a decision by owner Kroger to close two supermarkets rather than pay workers an additional $4 per hour in hazard pay for their continued work during the pandemic. (Getty Images) The Irvine City Council approved an ordinance which requires large grocery and drug stores to pay employees an additional $4 per hour in hazard pay for at least the next 120 days. Long Beach last month approved a temporary $4 hazard pay hike for workers at grocery and drug stores, as did the city of Montebello. The pay hikes apply...
    The impeachment of former US President Donald Trump for his responsibility in the assault on the Capitol began on Tuesday with a sharp contrast between the strategies of the prosecution and the defense and with a vote in which the Senate declared that the process is legitimate and constitutional. Miamimundo / Univision More than a month after Trump urged his supporters to march on Congress and a mob of them forcibly stormed the Capitol, the Senate began the second impeachment against him. ex-president, who left power three weeks ago. “The charges against former President Trump are the most serious ever brought against a president in the history of the United States,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the beginning of the session. THE FIRST DEBATE, ON THE CONSTITUTION The fact that Trump is the first president of the United States to face impeachment when he is no longer in...
    New York : The impeachment of former President Donald Trump for his responsibility in the assault on Capitol It began this Tuesday with a sharp contrast between the strategies of the prosecution and the defense, and with a vote in which the Senate declared that the process is legitimate and constitutional. More than a month after Trump will urge his supporters to march to Congress and when a mob of them broke into the Capitol by force, the Senate began the second impeachment (impeachment, in English) against the former president, who left power three weeks ago. “The Charges against former President Trump are the most serious ever brought against a president in US history“Said the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, at the beginning of the session. The first debate, on the Constitution The fact that Trump is the first US president to face impeachment...
    Buffalo, Minnesota: Shooting supect Gregory Ulrich is familiar to police, authorties say New mosquito species found in South Florida. Its an aggressive biter, of course. This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon In 1997 Ad The Motley Fool Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Jacqueline Saguin/INSIDER I tried this TikTok-approved workout set from Amazon, and I'm never going back to name-brand activewear When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Workout clothing can be a big expense, and it doesn't always pay off. I tried this seamless biker short and sports bra set from Amazon after it was recommended on TikTok. The set rivals luxury brands in design, performance, and fit - all for an affordable $30. Product Card (small, Preferred: Amazon)It's an embarrassing revelation when you find...
    Jacqueline Saguin/INSIDER When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Workout clothing can be a big expense, and it doesn't always pay off. I tried this seamless biker short and sports bra set from Amazon after it was recommended on TikTok. The set rivals luxury brands in design, performance, and fit — all for an affordable $30. Toplook Women's Seamless Yoga Workout Set $29.80 from Amazon It's an embarrassing revelation when you find out your new, expensive leggings don't stay opaque during your squat routine. That's why my typical gym attire includes running shorts that are far past their prime — it's difficult to find quality workout clothes that aren't see-through and don't cost a pretty penny. @lexxhidalgo Just here to help. My favs. Links are in my bio :) lmk if you wanna see tops/pants or dresses next????...
    A South Dakota judge has ruled that a constitutional amendment approved by voters in the state to legalize marijuana for recreational use was invalid, The Hill reported on Tuesday. South Dakotans voted 54%-46% in November in favor of Amendment A, which legalized recreational marijuana. A separate measure legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes passed with nearly 70% backing. But Circuit Court Judge Christina Klinger ruled that the amendment covered more than one issue and was therefore a revision to the state constitution rather than an amendment, according to Newsweek. "Amendment A is unconstitutional as it includes multiple subjects in violation of [the South Dakota constitution] and it is therefore void and has no effect," Klinger wrote in the ruling, adding that "Amendment A is a revision as it has far-reaching effects on the basic nature of South Dakotas governmental system." South Dakotans for Better Marijuana Laws, the organization that supported the...
    Washington (CNN)Congress has authorized nearly $4 trillion in spending over the past year to help address the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but only about $3 trillion of it has been spent. Roughly a third of that money went directly to struggling families through stimulus checks, expanded unemployment payments and food stamps. That leaves about $1 trillion that hasn't been disbursed yet, even as President Joe Biden is calling on Congress to approve another $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package. Democrats unveil $3,000 child benefit as part of Biden relief packageAdministration officials say the risk of doing too little is far greater than the risk of going too big, while many Republican lawmakers -- and at least one well-known Democratic economist, Larry Summers -- are concerned about the price tag of Biden's plan. A group of 10 GOP senators have proposed a $618 billion package, which would narrow the...
    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) said on Tuesday it would raise nearly $9 billion from the debt markets to help fund expansion and spend around $178 million to open a Japanese material research subsidiary. The world's top contract chipmaker last month posted its best-ever quarterly profit and hiked revenue and capital spending estimates to record levels as it forecast "multiple years of growth opportunities". Taiwan's tech firms have benefited from soaring demand for chips that go into laptops, tablets, smartphones and other products to support the work and study at home boom around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working hard too to address a shortage of chips for automakers. In a statement after a board meeting, the company said the board had approved the issuance of unsecured corporate bonds domestically not exceeding T$120 billion ($4.29 billion). It also approved the provision of a...
    By Rodolfo León 0 COMMENTS 02/08/2021 7:12 pm Just last week we learned about the existence of a remastering for GoldenEye 007, this after the game files will leak on the internet. Now, we already have more information about this canceled project and it seems that Nintendo was responsible for its cancellation. Ross Bury Y Mark Edmonds, developers who were working on this game were recently interviewed by Ars Technica about the project, and it was here that they revealed many interesting details, such as that the game began its development in 2006 but was never approved by the higher command. Edmonds He explained that at some point in the process, the team received the message that “the game had already been approved.” Everyone continued working on it, fixing bugs and fixing bugs. However, just as the title was nearing development, they were informed that a “senior Nintendo...
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota judge on Monday struck down a voter-approved constitutional amendment that legalized recreational marijuana. Circuit Judge Christina Klinger ruled the measure approved by voters in November violated the state’s requirement that constitutional amendments deal with just one subject. Lawyers on both sides have said they expect the issue to be appealed to the state’s Supreme Court. Two law enforcement officers, Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Rick Miller and Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom, sued to block legalization by challenging its constitutionality. Miller was effectively acting on behalf of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, who had opposed the effort to legalize pot. Lawyers for the law enforcement officers argued that the ballot initiative violated a rule that constitutional amendments must only address one subject. They also said that by giving the Department of Revenue the power to tax and regulate marijuana, it improperly elevated the department...
    European stocks seem to be ready to extend last week’s rises on Monday. European futures are up 0.8% and US futures are up 0.4% on average and Asia has seen a clearly positive day, with increases of more than 2% in the Nikkei. As for the Ibex, be careful because it has in its sights the annual highs after destroying the resistance of 8,122 points at the end of last week. “For the next few days it seems very likely that we could end up seeing an extension of the gains to the level of 8,439 points, annual maximums. The first level of support is at 7,950 points, the minimum of the bullish gap that was left last Wednesday at the opening “, indicates César Nuez, analyst at Bolsamanía and head of Trader Watch. The market is still awaiting news related to vaccines against Covid-19 -AstraZeneca has...
    New York : Janet Yellen. Photo: JIM LO SCALZO / EFE A plan to dream again. The Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen, predicted this Sunday that the country will return to the full employment in 2022 if the new economic stimulus package that promotes $ 1.9 billion President Joe Biden. “I would hope that if this package is approved, we will return to full employment next year,” Yellen said in an interview with CNN television. However, the Treasury chief warned, citing a recent analysis of the US Congressional Budget Office, that if “additional support” to the economy is not approved, the unemployment rate will remain high in the coming years and it will take until 2025 to bring that index down to 4% again. “We would have a long and slow recovery, like the one we had after the financial crisis (of 2008)But this...
    New York : The Reconciliation Budget was approved in the Chamber. Photo: C-SPAN Capture / Courtesy Once the House of Representatives passed the Budget Reconciliation, the process for the new $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package against COVID-19 it was settled for its integration in the Senate committees. This will take at least two weeks, because the work teams must integrate all the amendments made by Democrats and Republicans, approved one by one at a time. process known as “vote-a-rama”. The plan is very broad and diverse for small businesses, families, state and local governments and, of course, funds against the coronavirus pandemic. The good news is that Democrats have a clear path to approve the plan, although there will be adjustments, after the suggested amendments, voted separately, as part of the rules for these types of projects, which have the advantage of not allowing obstruction...
    February 7, 2021 2:10 PM | With information from EFE 15 minutes. The US Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, predicted this Sunday that the country will return to full employment in 2022 if the new economic stimulus package promoted by President Joe Biden worth 1.9 trillion dollars is approved. “I would hope that if this package is approved, we will return to full employment next year,” Yellen said in an interview with the television network. CNN. However, the Treasury chief warned, citing a recent analysis by the US Congressional Budget Office, that If “additional support” to the economy is not approved, the unemployment rate will remain high in the coming years. If so, it states that it will take until 2025 to get that index down to 4% again. “We would have a long and slow recovery, like the one we had after the financial crisis (of 2008), but this package...
    Millions of fans are getting ready to watch the televised annual U.S. football game known as the Super Bowl. Health officials, afraid that the viewing could become a COVID-19 superspreader event, have urged people to watch the game only with “the people you live with.” Traditionally, family and friends gather in homes, bars and restaurants to watch the game and cheer on their favorite football team. That behavior, however, would likely result in an uptick in coronavirus infections, health care officials warn. The U.S. already has more COVID-19 cases than any other country, with almost 30 million cases by early Sunday and more than 460,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Following the U.S. in the number of infections are India, with nearly 11 million cases, and Brazil, with 9.4 million. More than 59 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed across the U.S., the...
    New York : Thousands of businesses have closed across the United States due to the crisis unleashed by the coronavirus. Photo: Spencer Platt / . The date of March 14 is key in the discussion in the United States Congress of the new economic stimulus package that boosts the Biden Administration and that includes a new round of checks for $ 1,400. The above is the deadline that the Democratic leadership has proposed to approve the $ 1.9 billion package that includes new direct payments to individuals and families. On the same day, the extra weekly unemployment benefits ($ 300) approved under the Supplemental Appropriations in Response and Relief to Coronavirus Act of 2021 Last December. This is why congressmen seek to meet the deadline and even take the package to a final vote beforehand so as not to deprive millions of Americans of additional...
    On Friday’s “Fox News Primetime,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) blasted the hypocrisy of those on the left like the Biden administration that say they want to follow science on the coronavirus, but then ignore the science on reopening schools. Scott said, “I mean, the hypocrisy of the left, they say they want to follow the science. The CDC says, open the schools. The Biden administration says, no, we’ll wait and follow something else.” He added, “Fact is, in December, we approved $82 billion, billion dollars, to reopen schools. They still won’t do it. I’m stunned, Trey, truly stunned.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    HOLLYWOOD pair Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney's takeover of Wrexham has been approved by the Financial Conduct Authority. The screen stars were revealed as the mystery businessmen looking to invest £2m into the National League club in September 2020. 2It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator Rob McElhenneyCredit: Twitter @RMcElhenney 2Deadpool star Ryan ReynoldsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The supporters' trust voted overwhelmingly in favour of the deal in November and on Friday the takeover was approved. In in a statement, the trust said: "Both parties shall now work to formally complete the sale of shares in Wrexham AFC next week. "We would like to thank supporters for their patience in this process and reassure you the Wrexham Supporters Trust will make a full statement once this is completed." Contracts were exchanged in January but McElhenney and Reynolds already donated money to strengthen Wrexham's squad. Update: the @Wrexham_AFC takeover is still...
    BEIJING (Reuters) - Sinovac Biotech said on Saturday that its unit's COVID-19 vaccine has been formally approved for use by the general public by China's medical products regulator. It marks the second COVID-19 vaccine green-lighted for public use in China, after a shot developed by a Beijing institute affiliated to state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) was approved in December. Prior to the approvals, both vaccines have already been used in China's vaccination program mainly targeting key groups deemed to be at higher risk of exposure to the virus. Indonesia, Turkey, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, and Laos have granted emergency authorizations for the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Sinovac Life Sciences, Sinovac said in a news release. The approval is based on the two-month results from late-stage clinical trials overseas, from which the final analysis data has not yet been obtained, Sinovac said. (Reporting by Roxanne Liu and David Stanway; Editing...
    There are a lot of things Tom Brady doesn’t allow himself to eat, and that list grows even longer during training season. But guacamole? Sure, that’s OK for Super Bowl Sunday. Tortilla chips, however, are still very much off the table. "The TB12 Method," Brady’s 2017 tome on fitness and nutrition for "peak performance," features a recipe for chunky guac that even the six-time Super Bowl champ would approve of. After all, "guacamole is a staple of the TB12 diet," according to "The TB12 Method." (His beloved avocados are also the base for TB12's infamous avocado "ice cream," which his teammates may or may not enjoy, depending on who you ask.) Guac is "a staple" of Tom Brady's diet, according to his TB12 nutrition manual. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) TOM BRADY'S HYDRATION METHOD MAY BE DANGEROUS, NUTRITIONIST WARNS Wanna learn how to make guacamole that the quarterback has, at least one time in...
    New York : Millions of undocumented immigrants annually comply with the obligation to declare taxes to the US Government. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / . One of the amendments presented by Republicans as part of the discussion of the budget resolution that was approved in the federal Senate this Friday, sought to prevent undocumented immigrants were eligible for stimulus checks. “Economic Impact Payments are intended to provide a lifeline for Americans struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic. (The payments) were not intended for people who are in the country illegally, “said the senator. Todd young in a press release. The Republican proponent of the amendment added: “Our amendment would ensure that these people who violate immigration laws do not receive taxpayer-funded aid.” It should be noted that it is estimated that, annually, undocumented immigrants pay more than $ 4 billion in federal taxes....
    Miami : February 5, 2021February 5, 2021 0 The United States Senate approved this Friday a $ 1.9 trillion budget resolution, which will be used to deal with the impact that the pandemic has caused in the country. The budget resolution authorizes a pandemic law in the amount requested by President Joe Biden, and includes instructions for Congressional committees to draft the legislation. The proposal includes the distribution of checks of $ 1,400 to taxpayers, a weekly unemployment benefit of $ 400, $ 350,000 million to help state and city governments, a minimum wage increase to $ 15 per hour, and more funds for child care, schools and vaccine distribution. 0
    More On: shopping Here at the best Valentine’s Day gifts on Amazon The 12 best wine delivery services you can order online in 2021 Coach gifts free fragrance or card case with select purchases Best Presidents Day furniture sales 2021: 16 deals on beds, couches, more While people with oily skin have their own set of obstacles, those with dry skin have to pay special attention to their complexion — especially in the winter to avoid dry patches and flakiness. One way to keep those issues at bay is with a good skin care regimen and the proper products for your skin type. Keeping your skin in good shape should be a top priority. “The skin is our largest organ and serves many important functions including acting as a protective barrier, maintaining temperature, and preventing loss of water from the body,” Dr. Smita Ramanadham, a New...
    A man who was convicted for shooting and killing two teenagers at a party in Los Angeles more than three decades ago was approved for parole eligibility by the state on Wednesday during a hearing that prosecutors were not allowed to attend, according to Fox 11. Howard Elwin Jones was convicted for the December 1988 murders of 18-year-old Chris Baker and another boy at a party in Rowland Heights, according to the report. He’s been imprisoned at San Quentin state prison since 1991, Fox 11 reported. Jones, who was allegedly part of a gang at the time of the murder and almost 18-years-old, showed up to the party armed with a gun and confronted a boy who was wearing a red Santa hat which Jones thought was a symbol of the bloods gang, Baker’s family told Fox 11. Jones, Howard E #E83779 photo taken 10.11.2019 [Photo Courtesy: California Department...
    The New York Times The Biden government faces a backwardness of 380,000 people waiting to immigrate When, due to the pandemic, their children’s school and daycare had to close, Luwam Beyene began working nights so that he could be home during the day. As soon as you get home, you make breakfast and get your child ready for his online classes. Beyene cares for her children until she goes back to work at night. “I don’t even take a nap,” said Beyene, 29, who works as a caregiver in San Francisco. “My life is falling apart. My only hope is that my husband can come ”. Beyene’s husband is an Ethiopian who is waiting to be granted his immigrant visa, a process that even before the coronavirus pandemic often took up to more than two years in the case of the spouse of a permanent US resident. He was almost...
    More On: super bowl 2021 Cuomo open to bringing indoor dining back early, but won’t nix 10 p.m. curfew Man risks over $3 million on the Bucs to win Super Bowl Inside Tom Brady’s houses and $26 million real estate portfolio Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski joke about retirement in Super Bowl 2021 commercial Your Super Bowl party might look a little different this year, but there’s no reason to drop the ball on the snacks. And what better way to up your game than with some trendy, TikTok-inspired fare? On Sunday, while the Kansas City Chiefs go helmet-to-helmet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, you can test out a viral snack hack, in which you separate a tortilla into quadrants, fill it with four complementary ingredients, and then fold to flavorful perfection. “Tortillas are a blank canvas and I think that’s what’s so approachable and fun about this entire...
    COUPLES will receive $2,800 stimulus checks under the new Covid relief plan as the Senate has cleared the way for payments. A new wave of hope for a third round of stimulus checks comes as the US Senate approved a measure on Friday that would allow President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan to pass. 5The US Senate approved a measure on Friday that would allow President Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid relief plan to passCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5Joe Biden has been pushing for $1,400 stimulus checks without Republican supportCredit: AP:Associated Press If the plan ultimately gets approved, Americans with a lower level income - which needs to be decided on - individual taxpayers can expect $1,400 checks. Eligible couples could receive $2,800 and parents of children would be able to get an additional $1,400 per child. For example, a married couple with three children could receive up...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania lawmakers on Friday began taking the final steps to approve legislation carrying over $900 million to aid hospitality-related businesses hit hard by the coronavirus, private schools and people struggling to pay rent or utility bills. The bill passed the House unanimously Friday and headed back to the Senate for one final vote, although senators last week approved a similar version unanimously. Most of the $912 million in the bill is federal aid approved by Congress in December. Some of it, $145 million, is cash from a state worker’s compensation fund that Wolf has asked lawmakers to send to businesses hit hard by the pandemic. The money would be available through counties in grants of up to $50,000 for bars, restaurants and hotels with under 300 employees. Industry representatives say the money is helpful for a little while for those that receive it, but it won’t...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that’s a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first. Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. The vote was split along party lines, with all Democrats in favor, all Republicans against The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate. Final passage will unlock the next phase in drafting of the virus relief bill, with the work divided among several congressional committees. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that's a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first.Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill.The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate. Final passage will unlock the next phase in drafting of the virus relief bill, with the work divided among several congressional committees.EMBED More News Videos The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris. Senate Majority...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that’s a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first. Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate. Final passage will unlock the next phase in drafting of the virus relief bill, with the work divided among several congressional committees. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., called passage of the resolution the “first big step to putting our country back...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat expressed hopes Friday that the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia will soon be used across the 27-nation bloc. During a visit to Moscow, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said the country’s Sputnik V vaccine is “good news for the whole mankind.” The vaccine was approved by the Russian government in August and many foreign governments have expressed interest in buying doses. Russian scientists said it appears safe and effective against COVID-19, according to early results of an advanced study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. Researchers said that based on a fall trial involving about 20,000 people in Russia, the vaccine is about 91% effective and appears to prevent inoculated individuals from becoming severely ill. The EU has signed six contracts for more than 2 billion doses of various vaccines, but only three of them have been approved for...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4)– The Fort Collins City Council approved a ballot measure that will pose the question to voters if the city should ban single-use plastic bags from large grocers. That ban would start in May 2022. (credit: iStock/Getty) If approved by voters in the April 6 municipal election, paper bags would be available at large stores for a 12-cent fee. In the future, the city council could expand the policy to include smaller retailers and other single-use plastics, like takeout food containers, straws and utensils.
    An overwhelmingly approved San Jose ballot measure that was slated to raise taxes on the city’s two card rooms and increase the number of table games at each establishment may be invalid, according to a new lawsuit. Casino M8trix — one of San Jose’s two card rooms — filed a lawsuit in against the city of San Jose late last month seeking to have a court invalidate the measure in its entirety and rule that it is unenforceable. Since voters passed the measure in November, the California Bureau of Gambling Control has allegedly concluded the city’s plan to expand the number of card tables across the city violated state law, the lawsuit states. Casino M8trix in December filed an application with the California Gambling Control Commission to obtain approval to increase its table games from 49 to 64, as permitted under the city’s newly passed measure, but the application is...
    WALNUT CREEK — Walnut Creek wants to spruce up its downtown with open space, better paths for pedestrians and bicyclists, and other amenities, but doesn’t have the money to pay for such niceties. As a carrot to have developers kick in some money to pay for the improvements, Walnut Creek is proposing that in exchange, the city may approve projects larger than current zoning allows. The buildings could not exceed the city’s 89-foot, six-story height cap, but they could be denser, with more units. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to push through the proposal. “This is something where the developer provides something extra, over and above, and the city’s providing something extra, over and above,” said planner Andy Smith, who wrote the ordinance allowing the proposal. In some cases, developers could exceed zoning restrictions on height — but not taller than 89 feet — and floor area by...
    The Obama Presidential Center will break ground in the South Side of Chicago later this year, the former president announced on Wednesday. "I’m proud to announce that the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) will officially break ground in 2021," Obama tweeted. "Our hope is that the center will breathe new life into historic Jackson Park while delivering jobs, growth, and much more to the South Side. Let’s get to work." The Obama Foundation said in an update that the project is estimated to generate $3.1 billion in "economic impact for Cook County" and would provide opportunities for community members in the South Side of the Windy City. I’m proud to announce that the Obama Presidential Center will officially break ground in 2021. Our hope is that the center will breathe new life into historic Jackson Park while delivering jobs, growth, and much more to the South Side.Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/cOqoPmaLkf—...
    EA has edged closer to buying Codemasters after shareholders of the latter approved the takeover. Out of 76 shareholders, 63 approved EA’s $1.2 billion bid. Those who voted for the deal hold just under 99 percent of the total Codemasters stock. Competition regulators in Germany and Austria have rubber stamped the acquisition and a court hearing will take place on February 16th. Barring any problems, EA should close the deal by the end of the spring. Codemasters will then be part of a new subsidiary called Codex Games. For a while, it seemed that Take-Two Interactive would be Codemasters’ destination. The Grand Theft Auto publisher made a bid of almost $1 billion in November, but EA swooped in with a higher offer the following month.  In its quarterly earnings report, EA said it’ll be able to release new racing games every year after it seals the purchase. EA...
    By BRYAN ANDERSON, Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a coronavirus relief bill that sends federal money approved by Congress in December to schools for reopening, public health officials distributing the vaccine and residents struggling to pay their rent. The proposal now heading to Gov. Roy Cooper provides $1.6 billion for education with the aim of helping get kids back to school quicker and addressing learning loss. “The thing that does not get talked about a whole lot is what's going on with education with the children who are not able to get that in-person classroom experience,” House Speaker Tim Moore said during the legislative session. “Guys, if we don't get this right and find a way to make sure they're caught up, this is something that we won't just be paying for the next year. We'll be paying for it...
    NANCY Pelosi has slammed Republicans for "disrespecting heroes" as $10,000 fines have been approved for lawmakers who evade metal detectors. The 80-year-old politician's comments come as The House of Representatives can now fine lawmakers who avoid security screenings and metal detectors. 6Nancy Pelosi's comments come as The House of Representatives can now fine lawmakers who avoid security screenings and metal detectorsCredit: AP:Associated Press 6Rep Lauren boebert is against the metal detectorsCredit: AFP - Getty 6Boebert set off an alarm as she walked through a metal detectorCredit: Alamy Live News Anyone who chooses not to follow the security rules will be hit with a fine of $5,000 for the first offense, and $10,000 for the second. The fines can be appealed by the House Ethics Committee, according to the new rules put in place on Tuesday. In a Tuesday statement, Pelosi - referring to the days after the US Capitol riots...
    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate panel approved four anti-abortion bills on Wednesday but defeated one far-reaching abortion measure that would give a fetus equal protection under the law. The Senate Health and Human Services Committee approved a so-called “ trigger bill ” that would make abortion illegal in Oklahoma if the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion. At least 10 states have similar laws, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights. The committee also approved a pair of bills designed to restrict the use of chemical abortions and one that would make it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. By a vote of 0-10, the panel defeated a bill by Republican freshman Sen. Warren Hamilton that would give a fetus equal protection under the law and repeal...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s government said Wednesday that it had approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. “Nicaragua is advancing in its negotiations with Russia to supply” the vaccine, said the government outlet El 19 Digital. It was the first vaccine approved in Nicaragua, which still awaits its first doses. The government had said in January that it had initiated efforts to acquire vaccines from various laboratories around the world and hoped to vaccinate 3.7 million people in an initial stage. The government of President Daniel Ortega has been criticized for not implementing stricter health measures to slow the virus’ spread. The Health Ministry reported Tuesday nearly 6,300 confirmed infections and 170 deaths, but the Citizen Observatory made up of activists and independent doctors has said the country’s COVID-19 death toll is approached 3,000. Nicaragua’s approval of Sputnik V follows Mexico’s on Tuesday. Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela...
    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua’s government said Wednesday that it had approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. “Nicaragua is advancing in its negotiations with Russia to supply” the vaccine, said the government outlet El 19 Digital. It was the first vaccine approved in Nicaragua, which still awaits its first doses. The government had said in January that it had initiated efforts to acquire vaccines from various laboratories around the world and hoped to vaccinate 3.7 million people in an initial stage. The government of President Daniel Ortega has been criticized for not implementing stricter health measures to slow the virus’ spread. The Health Ministry reported Tuesday nearly 6,300 confirmed infections and 170 deaths, but the Citizen Observatory made up of activists and independent doctors has said the country’s COVID-19 death toll is approached 3,000. Nicaragua’s approval of Sputnik V follows Mexico’s on Tuesday. Argentina, Bolivia and Venezuela...
    The Prince William Board of County Supervisors in Virginia voted unanimously to approve a special-use permit, which will allow the expansion of one of the region’s largest mosques — Dar Al-Noor Community Center, on Hoadly Road, near Dale City. According to plans, the mosque, which is operated by the Muslim Association of Virginia, will expand from 12,000 square feet to more than 88,000 square feet. It will include a new prayer hall, a private school and day care, as well as additional meeting halls and administrative offices. Traffic concerns were one of the main issues to resolve before the expansion was OK’d. The mosque will pay about $51,000 toward the construction of a traffic light to facilitate drivers entering and exiting the parking lot, which will add roughly 450 parking spots. Prince William County transportation staffers have been working with mosque officials to develop a traffic management plan. Assistant Police...
    Reuters February 2, 2021 0 Comments -The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas to head the Department of Homeland Security, making him the first Latino and immigrant to hold the position and further solidifying President Joe Biden’s Cabinet. The Senate approved Mayorkas despite strong opposition from Republicans. As secretary of the sprawling agency, Mayorkas will oversee a 240,000-employee department responsible for border security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity and disaster readiness and relief, among other missions. Mayorkas, 61, will also stand at the center of Biden’s attempts to reverse many immigration restrictions put in place by Republican former President Donald Trump. Mayorkas is the sixth of Biden’s Cabinet appointments that require Senate confirmation to be approved. Earlier on Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg to be transportation secretary. (Reporting by Richard Cowan and Ted Hesson; Editing by Leslie Adler and Peter Cooney)
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico was on the verge of approving the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V following the publication of early results of an advanced study, Mexican officials said Tuesday. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, the government’s pandemic spokesman, said that the health ministry signed a contract Monday for 400,000 doses of Sputnik V that will arrive this month. He said regulatory approval was expected within hours. Once approved, the Russian vaccine would become the third to receive emergency approval in Mexico. The regulating agency approved the Pfizer vaccine in December and AstraZeneca’s in January. Mexico turned to the Russian vaccine following delays in obtaining others it was counting on. A dozen countries have already approved the Russian vaccine for use, including Bolivia and Argentina, where López-Gatell visited in January to learn more about it. He acknowledged that there had a been a “legitimate concern” among Mexicans, but that...
    Pete Buttigieg was confirmed by the Senate Tuesday to be President Joe Biden's Transportation secretary.  Buttigieg received overwhelming bipartisan support - with a vote of 86 to 13 - to become the nation's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet secretary.  He previously competed against Biden in last year's Democratic primaries, winning the Iowa caucuses, but dropping out and throwing his support behind the former vice president before the Super Tuesday contests in early March.   Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who ran for the White House against now President Joe Biden in 2020, became the country's first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet member after a Senate confirmation vote Tuesday  A key ally to Biden's campaign, who helped with now Vice President Kamala Harris' debate prep, Buttigieg was reportedly being considered for a number of roles before Biden settled on Transportation head.    In mid-December, when Biden announced Buttigieg as his DOT pick, the...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico was on the verge of approving the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V following the publication of early results of an advanced study, Mexican officials said Tuesday. Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell, the government’s pandemic spokesman, said that the health ministry signed a contract Monday for 400,000 doses of Sputnik V that will arrive this month. He said regulatory approval was expected within hours. Once approved, the Russian vaccine would become the third to receive emergency approval in Mexico. The regulating agency approved the Pfizer vaccine in December and AstraZeneca’s in January. Mexico turned to the Russian vaccine following delays in obtaining others it was counting on. A dozen countries have already approved the Russian vaccine for use, including Bolivia and Argentina, where López-Gatell visited in January to learn more about it. He acknowledged that there had a been a “legitimate concern” among Mexicans, but that...
    Russia's controversial coronavirus vaccine is 92 per cent effective at blocking symptomatic illness, early trial results suggest Russia's controversial coronavirus vaccine is 92 per cent effective at blocking symptomatic illness, trial results suggest. Just 16 out of 16,500 people given the two-dose jab – dubbed Sputnik V – developed symptoms, while no-one died from the disease or needed hospital treatment. In a huge boost to Russia's immunisation ambitions, the vaccine was also found to be 74 per cent effective at blocking Covid after just a single dose.    For comparison, Oxford University's vaccine is roughly 70 per cent effective at blocking symptomatic Covid after two doses, while the efficacy for jabs by Pfizer and Moderna is around 95 per cent. But directly comparing results from trials done in different countries is difficult because trial methods and standards vary. British scientists reacting to the findings, published in the prestigious journal The Lancet,...
    Photo credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images The Trump 2020 campaign’s chief pollster, Tony Fabrizio, found that President Joe Biden trounced Donald Trump among the top issue of the election, the Covid-19 pandemic, and also won handily among voters who favored mask mandates and approved of the job Dr. Anthony Fauci was doing. According to Politico, which obtained the 27-page report, Trump failed to convince voters that he had handled the coronavirus outbreak. “While a majority of voters said they didn’t find either Presidential candidate honest or trustworthy, Biden held a double-digit advantage over POTUS,” the report found. “POTUS’s overall job approval was mixed with a majority of voters in the ‘Flipped’ states — Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia — disapproving while voters in the ‘Held’ states — Texas, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina — were split down the middle. However, POTUS earned negative marks on handling of Coronavirus (CV) in both groups.” “Conversely, Fauci garnered nearly...
    By KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho state lawmakers in a power struggle with Republican Gov. Brad Little say they should have been called back into session last year to distribute the $1.25 billion in coronavirus rescue money that Little doled out. But now that the part-time, Republican-dominated Legislature has been in session for three weeks, lawmakers have yet to approve spending any of $900 million in new federal funding that the state has received despite urgent calls from groups saying it is needed immediately. Little was authorized to allocate the first round of spending because the Legislature was not in session when the money came from the federal government. But the second infusion came in with the Legislature about to go into session, so it is up to them to do the job. The money must be spent by the end of the year. The new...
    The Biden administration has issued a mask mandate, requiring individuals to wear masks on federal property, and he's encouraging all Americans to wear them in public for 100 days. Face coverings are also required on planes, trains, buses and at airports, renewing questions about which kinds of masks provide the best protection against COVID-19, as well as where to find them.  The goal of the "100 Days Masking Challenge" is to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus, which has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans. Indeed, a study published on January 19 in the Lancet Digital Health journal Studies found that increasing mask-wearing across the U.S. by just 10% would significantly curb the transmission of the coronavirus.  Mask-wearing is even more effective when the face coverings fit properly and efficiently filter aerosol particles, according to medical experts.  "In addition to filtration, fit is the most important factor,"...
    (CNN)Andrew Brooks, a research professor at Rutgers University who led the development of the first FDA-approved Covid-19 saliva test, died suddenly on January 23, according to a Rutgers statement.His sister, Janet Green, confirmed to CNN on Sunday that the cause of death was a heart attack. She called him "an intellect, an amazing scientist, an amazing father ... an amazing family man."Brooks, 51, was the chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR Infinite Biologics, the lab that developed the saliva test. The test, which was approved in April 2020, was authorized for at-home use a month later. FDA authorizes Covid-19 saliva test for emergency useNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy referred to Brooks as "one of our state's unsung heroes" in a January 25 news conference, saying his work "undoubtedly saved lives.""We cannot thank Andy enough for all he did across his career," Murphy said. "He will be...
    President TrumpDonald TrumpKelli Ward rejects request for Arizona GOP race audit Gun sales on the rise amid pandemic uncertainty, Biden's vow for gun reform Top Trump impeachment lawyer Bowers leaves team: reports MORE’s unprecedented efforts to undermine the clear and conclusive results of the presidential election have provoked a startling reaction in his followers — from the angry mob that attacked the Capitol to senior state legislators across the nation. Days after Trump left office, state Republicans have introduced a series of measures that would give legislators the power to overturn the will of voters, both in the 2020 presidential contest and in future elections. Some of the bills target the 2020 presidential election. In Pennsylvania, state Sen. Cris Dush (R) introduced a resolution declaring his state’s presidential election unlawful and void, and the results invalid. Dush’s legislation would have revoked the certification of presidential electors pledged to President Biden...
    Skier caught in avalanche on mountains near Park City resort, search underway Top Biden economic aide wont rule out compromise with GOP on COVID-19 relief Best Biotech Stocks to Buy in 2021 © TheStreet Best Biotech Stocks to Buy in 2021 Investing in biotech can be a bit of an experiment: I have profiled several small-cap biotech stocks that have grown into real monsters, and others that have gone dormant. The former include stocks such as Axsome Therapeutics , Reata Pharmaceuticals and Invitae . The latter includes Synergy Pharma . This is basically the roller coaster an investor can expect from this high-beta segment of the market. Few areas in equities are more volatile than small-cap biotech, biopharma and health care. Combined, these sectors produce more massive winners and horrid losers than any other area of the market. So, just as a scientist has to live...
    Loading the player... Decades after a program in African and African American studies began at LSU, a full-fledged department devoted to the subjects has been approved for the state’s flagship university. The Advocate reports that the LSU Board of Supervisors’ approval of the department earlier this month comes about two decades after the idea was first recommended. The plan is still subject to review by the state Board of Regents. It would make LSU the first public college or university in the state to create such a department. READ MORE: John Chaney, 89, Temple’s commanding basketball coach, dies Students gather at a prayer vigil for Alton Sterling at the Memorial Tower on the Louisiana State University campus July 11, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images) Black students at LSU began pushing for courses on African-American history and culture in the 1970s. An African and African American...
            by Andrew Trunsky  Johnson & Johnson announced on Friday that its coronavirus vaccine was 72% effective in combating COVID-19, but only 57% effective against a novel South African strain. While slightly less effective than Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines, which were both approved by the FDA in December, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines provides significant distribution advantages that could be crucial in the nation’s fight against the virus. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, Pfizer’s vaccine is just one shot, and can be stored in refrigerators instead of freezers. Despite the vaccine’s weakened efficiency against the South African strain, which is believed to be more contagious, Johnson & Johnson officials said that the vaccine would be critical to curbing the pandemic in a statement announcing its results. “This is the pandemic vaccine that can make a difference with a single dose,” said Dr. Paul Stoffels, the company’s chief scientific officer. Though it is still...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association announced on Friday that  high school football, cheerleading, indoor track and unified basketball have been approved for the Fall II season start date of Feb. 22. There will be no MIAA sponsored postseason tournaments for Fall II sports, and the timeframe of the season will be Feb. 22- April 25. The MIAA COVID-19 Task Force presented recommendations for safety modifications for the 2020-2021 season to the MIAA Board of Directors. Those recommendations were then approved. Individual school districts can still opt out of taking part. (links contain new modifications and guidelines from the MIAA): Cheerleading Cross Country Dance Field Hockey Football Golf Indoor Track & Field Soccer Swimming & Diving Unified Basketball Volleyball Last August, the MIAA approved a recommendation to allow low and moderate-risk sports to play with modifications during the fall season, but football, cheerleading, indoor track...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday signed an emergency bill that will extend through June eviction protections for Californians suffering financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic, acting just days before an earlier moratorium was set to expire. Newsom’s action on the legislation followed the measure’s approval Thursday by the state Legislature and was aimed at heading off what many state officials warned would be mass evictions and a surge in homelessness as Californians struggle with lost income during the pandemic. The measure prevents landlords from evicting tenants who pay at least 25% of their rent through June and attest that they face financial hardship because of COVID-19 and its impact on the economy. The bill also provides $2.6 billion in federal funds for rent subsidies that will help pay most past-due rent by low-income tenants dating back to last April. “The issue of evictions, the issue of this...
    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent the legalization of marijuana in Idaho moved forward Friday as lawmakers in the conservative state try to halt the increasing acceptance of the drug nationwide. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to send the joint resolution that bans all psychoactive drugs not already legal in Idaho to the full Senate. That list would change for drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But the target over the two days of testimony on Monday and Friday was primarily marijuana as Idaho finds itself surrounded by states that have legalized pot. Washington, Oregon, Montana and Nevada have legalized recreational and medical marijuana, while Utah allows medical marijuana. Wyoming allows CBD products containing less than .3% of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis. CBD products can be purchased in Idaho, but they must contain no THC. Backers said the Idaho...
    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s medicine and food safety regulator on Friday approved China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the first country in the European Union to do so. The decision followed a government decree on Thursday that streamlined Hungary’s vaccine approval procedure. Any vaccine that has been administered to at least one million people worldwide may now be approved for use in Hungary — without being assessed by the country’s medicines regulator. “Today, the National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition approved the Sinopharm vaccine, which means that in addition to Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik and AstraZeneca, we can now count on Sinopharm as well,” Chief Medical Officer Cecila Muller told a virtual press conference. The decree also allows any vaccine approved by three countries, with at least one being an EU member-state or candidate for EU membership, to sidestep Hungary’s medicines regulator and be approved for...
    Chief nurse nurse Sam Foster holds a vial of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, southwest England on January 4, 2021.Steve Parsons | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford has been approved by Europe's drug regulator, the European Medicines Agency. The vaccine is already in use in the U.K., having been approved at the end of December, and now makes up the bulk of jabs being administered in the country, along with the Pfizer-BioNTech shot, which has already been authorized for use in the EU. The approval comes at a tricky time for the EU, with its vaccination program sluggish at best, and looking very vulnerable to supply shortages. It was dealt two blows in the last few weeks, firstly from Pfizer, which said it would be temporarily lowering production while it upgraded its...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Independent School District (DISD) Board of Trustees has approved three calendars for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years — two of them are aimed at helping combat what’s being called the ‘COVID slide’. In addition to the base calendar, the DISD board also approved a School Day Redesign calendar and an Intersession calendar. Both calendars would extend the school year from the beginning of August to the End of June, but how they handle the time is different. For the School Day Redesign, all students would get more education time. Teachers and staff would be able to have more flexibility with what each school day looks like. The Intersession option would create five additional weeks spread throughout the year where invited students could get more personalized attention in smaller groups. The default choice for schools would be the traditional calendar. Depending on what parents, teachers...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — California lawmakers on Thursday gave final approval to the appointment of the state’s first Black top election official, filling a position vacated when the former secretary of state became California’s first Latino U.S. senator. Assemblywoman Shirley Weber “is the right person for the job,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins said in supporting the nomination of her fellow San Diego Democrat to the post. “She is a brilliant leader, a dedicated public servant, and an excellent choice for this office,” Atkins tweeted on Thursday. I was elated to join my legislative colleagues in voting to confirm my friend, @ShirleyWeberPhD, as California Secretary of State. She is a brilliant leader, a dedicated public servant, and an excellent choice for this office. Congratulations, Secretary Weber! pic.twitter.com/7CaCyzkC56 — Senator Toni Atkins (@SenToniAtkins) January 28, 2021 The 40-member Senate approved Weber’s nomination 29-0, with Republicans not voting. The Assembly...
    SACRAMENTO —  Californians facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be protected from eviction through June as long as they pay part of their rent under an emergency bill approved Thursday by the Legislature, just three days before an existing moratorium was set to expire. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said he will sign the legislation, which provides eviction protection for tenants who pay at least 25% of their rent through June and $2.6 billion in federal funds for rent subsidies that will help pay most past-due rent by low-income tenants dating back to last April. “We are painfully aware of the plight that California families are facing as they struggle to pay their rent or mortgages at no fault of their own because of the pandemic that we are in,” Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) told her colleagues during the floor debate. “So today we...
    Alabama health officials said they have confirmed three cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant in the state, including two in residents under 19. The variant, identified as B.1.1.7, is considered to be more transmissible than others, and British researchers had previously warned that it may have a "higher propensity" to infect children. The cases in Alabama involve two individuals from Montgomery County and one from Jefferson County, it is not clear what the breakdown in ages are. The health department did not elaborate on where transmission may have occurred, nor the conditions of the patients. The strain, which was first detected in the U.K. late last year, is being studied by researchers worldwide as they attempt to evaluate the impact it may have on vaccines, treatment and potential outbreaks. Pfizer and Moderna have vouched for their vaccines’ ability to remain efficient against the new strain. RESEARCHERS EXPLORING COVID-19 VACCINE BOOSTER...
    South Carolina’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly in December to 4.6%, according to a new report from the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW). “There’s no doubt that December 2020 was filled with uncertainty as the CARES Act federal programs came to an end, and we all watched and waited to see if federal extensions would be signed into law,” DEW Executive Director Dan Ellzey said. Now that DEW has implemented new federal unemployment benefits approved by Congress in December, Ellzey encourages claimants to seek new opportunities this year, as federal benefits will be available until March 13. “We understand there is anxiety for claimants who are constantly worried about looming deadlines and benefits coming to an end; the chance that extensions won’t be approved, won’t be approved in time to avoid a gap in benefits, or that eligibility requirements might change,” Ellzey said. “Our...
    The Iranian regime on Tuesday approved the use of Russia’s “Sputnik V” coronavirus vaccine candidate, abandoning an earlier commitment to wait for World Health Organization (W.H.O.) approval. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, previously banned the more extensively tested vaccines developed in the United States and Britain as poisonous. Khamenei shocked and angered Iranians desperate for relief from the pandemic when he banned American and British medicines on January 8. His order blocked the pending import of 150,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine. “If their Pfizer company can produce vaccines, why don’t they use it themselves so that they don’t have so many dead? The same applies to Britain,” the ayatollah said, in a most uncharitable assessment of the incredibly swift development cycle of the Chinese coronavirus vaccines. The Twitter social media platform thought it was so uncharitable that it classified Khamenei’s tweeted condemnation as misinformation and deleted it. Khamenei...
    Reuters January 26, 2021 0 Comments The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) on Tuesday said it had approved 400,000 more pandemic relief loans worth $35 billion and was trying to fix issues operational snags with the program raised by lenders. The SBA launched the third round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) this month, but significant changes to its rules, process and technology platform, has caused problems that were slowing approvals, a bank group said on Tuesday. Companies looking to apply for a second PPP loan were encountering technical hurdles the American Bankers Association said, while lenders are also receiving a “high number of incorrect error messages” when they submit loan applications. Reuters reported this month that government officials had pressured large lenders earlier to go live with the latest round of the program despite many unresolved issues. The SBA said on Tuesday that a review of first-time loans...
    Fourh Watch newsletter editor Steve Krakauer criticized the Biden White House for choosing reporters off a pre-approved list at a press conference Monday, similar to how the Biden team handled press avails during the campaign.  "What you are going to get is no one asking tough questions," Krakauer told "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday. Krakauer explained the Biden campaign has a system used for the campaign, transition, and administration in which the team only calls on certain reporters based on a pre-approved list. "If you ask a tough question you might be taken off the list. Then what can you do you will have no question for your media organization," he said. CNN'S STELTER MOCKED FOR PRAISING 'REFRESHING' BIDEN PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI President Biden held his first formal White House press conference on Monday, but most of the questions asked were from reporters that were pre-selected by his team.  Following his remarks about his...
    MOST of the women who accused former film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct have accepted a settlement that hands them a total of $17million. A US Bankruptcy Court judge approved the The Weinstein Co’s liquidation plan on Monday. 5Nearly all of Harvey Weinstein's accusers accepted the settlement planCredit: AP:Associated Press 5A judge approved the The Weinstein Co’s liquidation planCredit: AP:Associated Press Among the nearly 40 accusers, 83 per cent “expressed very loudly that they want closure through acceptance of this plan,” said US Bankruptcy Court Judge Mary Walrath, who approved the settlement.  The judge said that the victims did not want to continue litigating for the possibility of more compensation.  Walrath overruled an objection from a handful of women who wanted to appeal their claims outside the bankruptcy court.  Weinstein faced sexual abuse allegations in late 2017, going back to the 1970s, and was dismissed from The Weinstein Co,...
    (CNN)A US bankruptcy judge has approved a Weinstein Company liquidation plan that allocates over $17 million for Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and assault victims, an attorney for the Weinstein Company confirmed to CNN Monday."It is true that Judge (Mary) Walrath approved the settlement plan at a hearing today," Attorney Paul Zumbro said, adding that they are "pleased with Judge Walrath's ruling, and particularly so given there is now a mechanism that allows victims to receive compensation without having to endure the hardships and uncertainties of litigation."Heres what Harvey Weinstein said in court before his 23-year sentenceCNN has reached out to Elizabeth A. Fegan, an attorney for the class action plaintiffs, for comment.The Weinstein Company Holdings LLC and 54 affiliate companies previously filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2018 and were later sold to Lantern Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, for $310 million. The company also said at the...
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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s health minister, who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer, has tested positive for COVID-19. A Health Ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Pavithra Wanniarachchi became the highest-ranking official to be infected with the virus. She and her immediate contacts have been asked to self-quarantine. Doctors have said there is no scientific basis for the syrup as remedy for the coronavirus. It’s said to contain honey and nutmeg. Thousands of people gathered in long queues in December in the village of Bandara, northeast of the capital Colombo, to obtain the syrup, just days after Wanniarachchi and several other government officials publicly consumed it. The maker of the syrup said he got the formula through his divine powers. In local media, he claimed the Hindu goddess Kaali appeared to him in a dream and gave...
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    PHOENIX (AP) — Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Arizona started Friday under licenses approved by the state Health Services Department. The health department announced it had issued 73 licenses in nine of the state’s 15 counties under provisions of the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters in November. Most went to existing medical marijuana dispensaries that can start selling recreational pot right away. “It’s an exciting step for those that want to participate in that program,” Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday. Under the terms of Proposition 207, people 21 and older can legally possess up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or a smaller quantity of “concentrates” such as hashish and can grow their own plants. Possession of between 1 ounce and 2.5 ounces (70 grams) is a petty offense carrying a maximum $300 fine. Approval of the marijuana measure came four years...
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    U.S. regulators have approved the first long-acting drug combo for HIV, monthly shots that can replace the daily pills now used to control infection with the AIDS virus. Thursday’s approval of the two-shot combo called Cabenuva is expected to make it easier for people to stay on track with their HIV medicines and to do so with more privacy. It’s a huge change from not long ago, when patients had to take multiple pills several times a day, carefully timed around meals. "That will enhance quality of life" to need treatment just once a month, said Dr. Steven Deeks, an HIV specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, who has no ties to the drug's makers. "People don’t want those daily reminders that they’re HIV infected." FAUCI SAYS WORKING UNDER BIDEN ADMINISTRATION 'LIBERATING' Cabenuva combines rilpivirine, sold as Edurant by Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit, and a new drug...
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be used against COVID-19 amid warnings from doctors that frontline health workers should be quickly vaccinated to stop the system from collapsing. Minister for Pharmaceutical Production and Regulation Channa Jayasumana said the British vaccine has been approved for emergency use, the first to be approved in Sri Lanka, while several other candidates are in the pipeline at the National Medicines Regulatory Authority. It is unknown when Sri Lanka might be able to get supplies. “Hundreds of health care workers are tested positive in several hospitals. When you have one positive case about 10 health workers will need to be sent on quarantine. System is collapsing day by day, ” said Dr. Haritha Aluthge from the Government Medical Officers’ Association, the largest doctors’ trade union in the country. “Vaccines need to be given quickly to keep the health...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers began voting Thursday to defy orders to report for in-person class next week ahead of elementary students’ return, actions the nation’s third-largest school district said could lead to “an illegal strike.” The Chicago Teachers Union fiercely opposes Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans over safety concerns during the coronavirus pandemic. The roughly 355,000-student district, which went online in March 2020, has gradually welcomed students back. Thousands of pre-kindergarten and special education students chose in-person learning this month. Teachers who didn’t show were punished. Roughly 10,000 educators in kindergarten through eighth grade are expected to report for duty next week, but the union’s House of Delegates approved a resolution late Wednesday to skip classroom teaching and continue remotely. Students in kindergarten to eighth grade have the option to return two days a week starting Feb. 1. No return date has been set for high school students. Both...
    Protein pancakes and smoothies are two of my favorite breakfasts. Rachel Hosie Keeping my protein intake high has helped me cut my body-fat percentage nearly in half. Like many people, I find this hardest at breakfast but now have several delicious go-to recipes. Dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine confirmed these breakfasts are great, healthy ways to start the day. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're looking to lose fat or build muscle (or both — it's possible to achieve both simultaneously), keeping your protein intake up is really important. Losing fat comes down to being in a calorie deficit (taking in less energy than you're expending), and eating enough protein helps your body hold on to muscle in the process, which is something I found when I cut my body fat percentage in half. Read more: 8 weight-loss hacks that helped me cut my body-fat percentage nearly...
    New York : It could be months before a third stimulus check is issued. Photo: William Thomas Cain / . Last week, now-President Joe Biden proposed a $ 1.9 billion plan to expand coronavirus vaccines and jumpstart the economy. What generated the most interest among the inhabitants of the United States was that A third stimulus check would also be issued which would be $ 1,400, which is more money than the second $ 600 stimulus check. Now that Biden has been sworn in as President of the United States, people eagerly await any news of a third stimulus check. However, that plan requires congressional approval, plus it contains other financial aid proposals that span health care, education, work and cybersecurity, so there is a lot to negotiate. Alec Phillips, a political economist at Goldman Sachs, said the aid package could be approved until mid-February...
    On his first day in the White House, the new president of the United States, Democrat Joe Biden, approved on Wednesday a package with 17 executive orders, many of which reverse previous decisions of the already ex-president Donald Trump. Below is the list of these emergency measures. 1. FREEZE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BORDER WALL. The president has canceled the national emergency that Trump had decreed to divert funds and thus finance the construction of the border wall with Mexico, which for the moment remains in the air. 2. 100 DAYS OF MASK. Biden has signed an order urging Americans to wear a mask – which is only required in some states – for the first 100 days of his presidency to deal with the pandemic. The order requires its use in federal facilities. 3. RETURN TO THE PARIS AGREEMENT. Biden has approved the reentry of the United States to...
    VIDEO1:2401:24Federated's Phil Orlando: 'We will be free of the coronavirus'Trading Nation One of Wall Street's biggest bulls sees the stars lining up for the economy. Federated Hermes' Phil Orlando predicts coronavirus vaccine distribution will rev up within weeks and set the stage for a monster market year. "Our view is by summer — by Independence Day — we will be free of the coronavirus. We'll reach critical mass, herd immunity in terms of the American population," the firm's chief equity market strategist told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Wednesday. "That will allow the economy to start to do a lot better." Orlando, who oversees almost $615 billion in assets under management, has an S&P 500 year-end price target of 4,500. That implies a 20% increase from 2020's close. "The reality is you've got two companies — Moderna and Pfizer — that have already had their drugs approved," he said. "AstraZeneca has...
    January 20, 2021 9:02 AM | By EFE 15 minutes. The outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump, suspended on Tuesday the deportation of Venezuelan irregular immigrants for a period of 18 months and also granted them temporary work permits. Trump adopted these measures on his penultimate day in power, given that this Wednesday Democrat Joe Biden will assume the Presidency. Some exceptions In a statement from the White House, Trump said that “the deteriorating situation within Venezuela justifies the postponement of the expulsion of Venezuelan citizens that are present in the United States “. Your decision responds to the “foreign policy interest of the United States”. The measure will benefit those who remain in the country as of January 20. The postponement has some exceptions. It will not apply to people who have been deported before. Nor does it fall on those convicted of one crime or two...