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    In the wake of one of the most stressful periods of modern U.S. history, thousands of Americans suffered substantial increases to their blood pressure last year. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio gathered blood pressure data from 464,585 employees and family members of Quest Diagnostics from the years 2018, 2019 and 2020. They found that changes in both systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure increased by much more in 2020 than they did on average in 2019. Average change is SBP among participants increased by 2.5 millimeters of mercury (mm HG) - the standard measurement of blood pressure - compared to an increase of around 1.1 mm HG the year before. For DBP, there was an increase of 0.53 mm HG found, compared to an increase of only 0.14 mm HG the year before. Researchers warn the pandemic may have exacerbated America's already problematic levels of hypertension. Researchers found that both SBP (left) and (DBP) increased than usual last year among study participants. Levels of SBP jumped by 2.5 mm HG, compared to 1.1 the year before, while DBP increased...
    Fish-shaped 'microrobots' could be used to deliver chemotherapy drugs directly into tumours, sparing cancer patients from some of the worst side effects of the treatment.  The microscopic robots, which are one-hundredth of a millimetre in size, have been made my Chinese scientists using a special 3D printing technique, from a gel that changes shape when exposed to different pH levels. They then bathed the 'fish' in an iron oxide solution, which makes them magnetic, before loading its 'mouth' with chemo medication.  It could be injected into a blood vessel then guided my magnets to the location of a tumour. Cancer cells cause the pH levels in the fluids surrounding them to become more acidic and, reacting to this, the robot changes shape and opens it's 'mouth' discharging chemotherapy drugs contained inside. The microscopic robots (pictured), which are one-hundredth of a millimetre in size, have been made my Chinese scientists using a special 3D printing technique, from a gel that changes shape when exposed to different pH levels They have only been tested in petri dishes so far and the experts...
    Although forecasters aren’t confident in the long-range forecast, and the computer models don’t agree, there is a chance for some rain in Southern California late next week. The six- to 10-day outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration favors above-normal precipitation across California, and the temperature outlook for the same period favors below-normal readings. The reason for this glimmer of hope is a change in the weather pattern that has prevailed throughout the fall. The storm track has been consistently funneling systems into the Pacific Northwest since Oct. 1.(Paul Duginski / Los Angeles Times) Since Oct. 1, a stubborn upper-level trough of low pressure in the Gulf of Alaska and the jet stream, also called the storm track, have been funneling numerous atmospheric rivers into the Pacific Northwest, said Alex Tardy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. “Wave after wave,” he said, “like leaving the garden hose on overnight, but in this case, for two months — but not every day, of course.” The hose has been persistently aimed at Seattle. To the...
    As the White House sweats over the rising price of milk, bread and gas, tens of millions of Americans are bracing for an even larger hit to their budgets on the horizon: the return of student loan debt. That is, unless the administration moves to cancel those debts first. Payments on federal student loans have been paused and interest rates set to 0 percent since passage of the CARES Act in March 2020. After repeated extensions, they were set to resume in September 2021, but a final extension allowed the pause to continue through January 2022. That’s been a dramatic financial relief for the nearly 45 million people with student loans who hold more than $1.7 trillion in outstanding student debt nationwide. But come February, payments are set to restart. And activists hope there’s enough time left to mount a pressure campaign on the administration to cancel student debt before payments resume. Organizers argue that after more than a year without payments, people “have gotten so used to federal student loans being paused” and fear their loan payments will eat...
    Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins had one of the strangest moments of his NFL career Sunday afternoon and that’s saying a lot for someone who concocted a bizarre plexiglass solution to Covid a few months ago. As the Vikings attempted to mount a late comeback against the San Francisco 49ers, Cousins scrambled to get his team set for a crucial 4th and goal play with just 9:09 left in the game. As Cousins frantically directed his team in the backfield, he desperately tried to beat the play clock by getting the snap off, but embarrassingly lined up behind his guard instead of under center. With the clock nearing zero, running back Alexander Mattison rushed toward Cousins to correct the gaffe, but it was too late. The quarterback was forced to burn a timeout after he lined up behind an offensive lineman who didn’t have the ball. Maybe the hilarious blunder was part of some larger plan to try and get the 49ers to jump offsides? Nope. Cousins was just frazzled and lined up under the wrong lineman. He might not...
    The Bay Area weather forecast as fall heads into the stretch drive and winter awaits in the distance is quite similar to those that persist for days and days in the summer. Sunny, with clear skies. And quite warm — just not as warm as July and August. “For the foreseeable future, the next week or so, maybe a bit longer, we’re gonna have this stubborn high pressure hanging around the region,” National Weather Service meteorologist Sarah McCorkle said. “Eventually, we’ll get some relief, but it probably won’t be until sometime next week.” The immediate consequence of that high pressure is that more heat records could fall on Wednesday. McCorkle said that is expected to be the warmest day under the this high-pressure hangout and that temperatures in some areas could rise into the low 70s. San Jose in Santa Clara County; Oakland in Alameda County; Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County; and San Rafael in Marin County are among the places expected to reach at least 70 degrees, according to McCorkle. The warm spell already brought a record on...
    Ever since our ancestors crawled out of the ocean we have had to maintain the salt water constancy of our milieu intérieur, our inside juices. This principal was first elucidated by Claude Bernard in the late 1800s. We do this by the mechanisms that keep the salt and water in our bodies the same as the salt and water of the ocean back then. We have written about salt and water many times in this column but a review article in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine sparks more about this ongoing saga and a new maybe breakthrough in the treatment of high blood pressure. (1) Lately salt and water are part of the generalized anxiety. That is because we want to eat too much salt and it seems to be related to hypertension, the silent killer of way too many of us, and because of silliness about how we don’t drink enough water. It is also interesting to me because the parallels between hunger for salt and thirst for water may teach us some things about hunger for...
    Weather: Snow and ice at risk all December! The Christmas inclusive trend from IMMACULATE is CLAMOROUS Latest news for DecemberDecember, Confirmed the onset with the risk of frost and frost until at least immaculate fertilization. This is very interesting news related to thisEarly next month Can determine winter weather with snowfall at very low altitudes. But the surprises did not end there, on the contrary: Trend A. for the next few weeks Christmas is exciting: Someone is coming Great news. The general winter, therefore, is knocking on the doors of Italy and is already on course In early December Its effects will be felt in many areas Lots of cold e Temperatures below average. To better understand the expected evolution, we must, as usual, look at the picture European It is clear that the increase in high pressure towards Greenland and Iceland from the beginning of next month will trigger a response. Intensive improvement of Arctic winds About Europe and our country. Here is its course Next week I Snowdrops They can go down At very low altitudes especially in...
    Plans to build a controversial solar farm on treasured countryside that inspired author Thomas Hardy have been given the go-ahead after the hype generated by the Cop26 climate summit persuaded councillors to back them. Proposals for the industrial-scale farm in near Sherborne in Dorset were slammed by planning experts, conservationists, architects and hundreds of residents who said they will 'decimate' 189 acres of land. Historic England, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and even officials from the local planning authority involved agreed it would cause unacceptable harm to the rural landscape. The objectors have now accused councillors of losing all sense of proportion after they ignored advice from their own experts to refuse it and agreed to back the scheme. Ray Hartley, from the CPRE, said he was 'astonished' by the decision. He said the only explanation was that pressure from Cop26 swung the vote in favour of green energy despite the damage it would cause to the landscape.  The land is part of the distinctive Blackmore Vale, which Victorian author Thomas Hardy referred to as the 'Vale of...
    Facebook was under fresh pressure to ‘clean up its act’ last night amid claims it dragged its feet over false posts about Covid jabs. The social media giant sparked fury for allegedly failing to act over nearly two out of three misleading posts within 48 hours. The figures emerged in previously unpublished correspondence between former Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Facebook chief spin doctor Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Liberal Democrat leader. The figures emerged in previously unpublished correspondence between former Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Facebook chief spin doctor Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister and ex-Liberal Democrat leader, pictured in 2019 RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Meta services are back ONLINE! Facebook, Instagram and... Facebook page 'Bring Cleo Home' is rebranded by anti-vax... Share this article Share Writing in November last year, Mr Dowden complained that since March 2020, Facebook only responded within 48 hours of his department ‘flagging misleading posts’ in just 30 per cent of cases. The requests came from his department’s misinformation unit, which...
    MANY of us have been focussing on our health and wellbeing this year following the coronavirus pandemic. For some, going to the GP has been daunting with many avoiding it, but one expert has said that there are some health checks you need to be keeping on top of. 1One expert has said that there are a number of health checks men over the age of forty need to keep on top ofCredit: Getty Pharmacist Sumaiya Patel at Pharmacy2U said there are some conditions that men over 40 in particular should get checked out. She explained: "There’s no issue with a healthy male going to see a doctor for examinations, screenings and preventative health consultations, however men tend to wait till they have symptoms before visiting their GP. "Preventive health check-ups can catch dangerous cancers and illnesses early enough to save lives. “Health scares tend to occur as we get older, so it’s important for males over the age of 40 to stop putting off their health checks." 1. High blood pressure It's rare that you will have symptoms of...
    AS the temperature drops and winter rolls in, many of us will be suffering with coughs and colds. But we also want to socialise with friends and family which can also mean indulging in booze. 1Mixing booze with medication can be a dangerous combination, here one expert reveals the dos and don'tsCredit: Getty If you're suffering from an illness and taking medication, it's important to know whether or not you can safely consume alcohol whilst on them. When prescribed your medication, each pack should come with a patient information leaflet (PIL). This helps detail exactly how you should take the medication and how often and it's important that you read through this thoroughly before you start taking it. This is even more important if you're planning on consuming alcohol as booze can alter your body’s natural state, for example altering blood pressure, temperature and hydration levels, which could be dangerous when taken alongside medication. When it comes to mixing medicine with alcohol, there are some rules that you should always abide by. For example, you shouldn't drink on medication that...
    Whether they’re called suction vibrators, sonic toys, or “just like oral!,” air pressure sex toys entered the market in 2014 and have been everywhere since. Though the sensation feels like suction, it actually comes from quick bursts of air directed towards the user’s body, not from sucking air away from it. Unlike a vibrator, the air pressure is indirect, which can make it less likely you’ll go numb or too sensitive to keep going. And because an endless number of companies now have their own version, these are the best three. Womanizer Premium
    An elusive crystal predicted decades ago has finally been discovered trapped inside a diamond from deep Earth.   High-pressure calcium silicate perovskite — a mineral predicted in 1967, but never before seen in nature — was found in a diamond from the lower mantle. Researchers led from the University of Nevada used synchrotron x-ray diffraction to characterise the crystalline compound, which they have called 'davemaoite'.  Based on their results, davemaoite has now been confirmed as a new mineral by the International Mineralogical Association.  The choice of name honours the work of the eminent Chinese-American geophysicist Ho-Kwang 'Dave' Mao in the field of deep-mantle petrology. The diamond with the davemaoite inclusion was formed more than 410 miles (660 km) below the Earth's surface, and was unearthed in the Orapa mine in Botswana. High-pressure calcium silicate perovskite — an elusive mineral predicted in 1967, but never before seen in nature — has been found in a diamond from the lower mantle (pictured) Experts led from the University of Nevada used synchrotron x-ray diffraction on the diamond (pictured) to characterise the crystalline compound, which they have called 'davemaoite'...
    The Instant Pot has repeatedly been a Scouted reader's favorite, and today Amazon is having a sizable sale on a slew of top-rated Instant Pot devices, including the beloved Duo Crisp 11-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker with Air Fryer Lid. The six-quart pressure cooker — which more than 32,000 reviewers gave an average 4.6-star rating — is compact and ideal for all things pressure cooking. It can handle a wide variety of dishes, from the more obvious rice to the less obvious chicken soup that's just as hearty, bone-brothy, and delicious as the old-school version but ready in a fraction of the time. The multipurpose cooker also boasts flexible cooking options with sautee, steam, and fry capabilities. The Instant Pot's computer and its display will, of course, keep you updated on cooking timers and pressure options but also lets you easily choose any of several preset cooking options that automatically adjust heat and pressure during the process so all you have to concern yourself with is the meal-to-come. And cleaning is a breeze as the stainless steel pot you cook...
    A WOMAN has revealed the eye-watering amount of money that her ex-boyfriend ‘stole from her to gamble.’ TikTok user Sinead Louisa shared a video of her bank statement, displaying the dozens of transactions that had been made from her account to Sky Bet. 2Sinead was horrified when she discovered her ex had been stealing from herCredit: @esineade/Tiktok 2He had made dozens of payments of up to £70 to Sky BetCredit: @esineade/Tiktok Captioning her video, she wrote: “When my ex took my card details without me knowing.” The short video shows just a handful of payments that were made by her ex to Sky Bet, ranging between £5and £70. There were occasionally payments made into the account when he won a bet, with one amounting to £300, but Sinead pointed out that he immediately gambled it. Viewers were horrified by her admission, sharing their outrage in the comments. “Omg that’s nuts,” wrote one, while another added, “Hell no!” Others suggested that she get in touch with the police. “I tried with the police and stuff but no luck,” a disgruntled Sinead...
    Thousands of migrants have flocked to Belarus’ border with Poland, hoping to get to Western Europe, and many of them are now stranded at the frontier, setting up makeshift camps as Polish security forces watch them from behind a razor-wire fence and prevent them from entering the country. A look at what led to the standoff: WHAT IS BEHIND THE CRISIS? Belarus was rocked by months of massive protests following the August 2020 election that gave authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term in office. The opposition and the West rejected the result as a sham. Belarusian authorities responded to the demonstrations with a fierce crackdown that saw more than 35,000 people arrested and thousands beaten by police. The European Union and the U.S. reacted by imposing sanctions on Lukashenko’s government. Those restrictions were toughened after an incident in May when a passenger jet flying from Greece to Lithuania was diverted by Belarus to Minsk, where authorities arrested dissident journalist Raman Pratasevich. The EU called it air piracy and barred Belarusian carriers from its skies and cut imports of the...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Disease, may finally be feeling compounding pressure from the public after his agency was linked to the funding of experimentation on puppies while already facing criticism for his advocacy of strict COVID restrictions, EIB Network host Buck Sexton said Monday. Over the weekend, news surfaced about NIAID's funding of lab experiments on beagles in which their vocal cords were reportedly removed before their heads were exposed to biting flies which injected them with parasites. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., July 20, 2021. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY That taxpayer-funded experiment, first uncovered by the White Coat Waste Project in July, was executed in Tunisia, Sexton said on "The Clay Travis & Buck Sexton Show". Justin Goodman, a WCW Project vice president, told Fox News in August that the testing was likely...
    A chin plaster that monitors facial movements during sleep has been developed to detect sleep apnoea — a snoring condition that raises the risk of heart disease and stroke. The plaster contains sensors that pick up tell-tale jaw movements that occur during sleep in those affected. The device wirelessly transmits the data it collects to a smartphone app, allowing patients and their doctors to spot signs of the condition literally overnight. An estimated two million Britons have sleep apnoea, where the muscles and soft tissue in the throat relax and collapse during sleep, causing a total blockage of the airway for up to ten seconds. Air is then forced through the narrowed throat, causing the characteristic ‘rasping’ sound snorers make. Nearly 1,000 sleep apnoea patients are using the plaster in a clinical trial at 14 French hospitals and medical centres. A stock image is pictured above [File photo] The lack of oxygen triggers the brain to wake the sufferer, reopening the airway so that normal breathing resumes. Obesity is a major risk factor — excess weight around the neck puts...
    JAKE PAUL said Tommy Fury is ‘living in the shadow’ of brother Tyson and predicted his rival will ‘crack under pressure’. The celebrity fighting rivals have signed and confirmed their December 18 grudge match in Florida. Social Media - Refer to source 3 Tyson Fury pictured with brother Tommy Getty 3 Jake Paul said Tommy Fury is ‘living in the shadow’ of brother Tyson Fury, who in 2019 featured on reality TV show Love Island, comes into it unbeaten at 7-0. Whereas Paul is more inexperienced as a 4-0 fighter, but is entering his third pay-per-view main event. And the YouTube sensation believes Fury’s inexperience on the big stage will be his downfall on fight night. Paul said: “He’s only been put in there with opponents that were meant to lose. “This is his first real test where his opponent isn’t some guy who is just going to flop over. “He has no idea what he’s getting himself into. This is his first time under the big lights, on the big stage,...
    A Canadian startup has made the process of getting a COVID-19 vaccine much easier with a robot that injects a shot directly into the muscle without the use of a needle. Developers of the Cobi robot, designed at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, say the droid has successfully performed the first autonomous robotic intramuscular injection.  Cobi relies on a high-pressure jet of serum that passes through an opening in the skin the width of a human hair. Using LiDAR sensors, the same technology employed by autonomous vehicles to map the road, Cobi makes a model of the patient's body and AI-based software determines the optimal site for injection.  'We outfitted Cobi to use a needle-free injection technology and to demonstrate that patients could receive intramuscular injections, such as vaccines, without needles and no involvement from a healthcare professional,' said Tim Lasswell, co-founder and CEO of Cobionix in a statement. Scroll down for video Instead of a hypodermic, the Cobi robot (above) relies on a high-pressure jet of vaccine that passes through an opening in the skin the width of...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden ramped up the pressure on his Capitol Hill allies on Friday, calling on the House to pass both his massive infrastructure bill and sweeping climate and social safety net bill "right now.""Passing these bills will say clearly to the American people, 'We hear your voices. We're going to invest in your hopes, help you secure a brighter future for yourself and your family and make sure America wins the future in the process.' I'm asking every House member, member of the House of Representatives to vote yes on both these bills right now. Send the infrastructure bill to my desk, send the Build Back Better bill to the Senate," he said at the White House during remarks on October's jobs report. Biden's public statement -- one of his most explicit public exhortations for Democrats to get his agenda over the finish line -- comes as there's yet another crucial day playing out in the Capitol. Democratic leaders started the day convinced that they would be passing Biden's $1.9 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, but as House moderates are...
    When Klay Thompson tweets a shoutout, things must be going well. "I can watch Gary Payton II play defense all night long," Thompson posted. "I could watch Klay Thompson shoot the ball all day long," Payton said with a smile upon hearing his teammate's compliment. Payton came off the bench and sparked the defense, Jordan Poole took the pressure off Stephen Curry with a season-best 31 points, and the Golden State Warriors used one of their big third quarters of old to pull away and beat the Charlotte Hornets 114-92 on Wednesday night. "That's what I'm here for," Payton said. "... This is what I do." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Warriors needed Payton's defensive instincts and hustle in the second half. "He dominated the game while he was out there. Just changed everything with his defense, his activity," coach Steve Kerr said. "He is just an electric athlete. It’s hard to stand out on an NBA floor athletically ’cause all those guys are the world’s greatest athletes. And he jumps off the page when you...
    Attempts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will fail unless President Joe Biden can guarantee that the U.S. will not again walk away from an agreement, said the head of the country's Supreme National Security Council on Wednesday. Biden arrived back at the White House in the early hours, after discussing how to handle Iran with other world leaders at the G20 summit over the weekend.  He said the U.S. would only renege on a deal if Iran did not meet its commitments.     But Ali Shamkhani, one of the country's most senior security figures who is seen as a modernizer and moderate, suggested that was not good enough and that talks would only succeed if Biden could guarantee he would not abandon a deal.  'The U.S. President, lacking authority, is not ready to give guarantees. If the current status quo continues, the result of negotiations is clear,' he wrote in a tweet. Iran and six world powers began talks in Vienna in April to reinstate the deal, which President Donald Trump abandoned three years ago.  They were suspended after...
    Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman recently described the pressure campaign he received from supporters of Donald Trump seeking to overturn the 2020 election in Arizona. Hickman was interviewed by Matea Gold of The Washington Post about his recollections of Trump's efforts to overturn the election as part of the newspaper's in-depth investigation of the January 6th insurrection and its aftermath. "I endorsed President Trump, I voted for him twice," Hickman said. I did my best for them, that's what I thought I was to do was work for the top of the ticket. I'm a Republican and have been since my first vote." "My entire board was taking shots from people both in our state and outside the state trying to get us to do things that we would not do," he explained. He also described the insurrection like an attack on a church. "I have a son that's 16 and another that's 14. I don't want to send my son off to war to fight some foreign enemy to feel like an American again and I damn sure don't...
    Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said on Tuesday said Democrats are not in a 'rush' to pass President Joe Biden's economic agenda – a day after he infuriated some House progressives by refusing to endorse the president's plan. Negotiators have yet to iron out multiple policy issues in the 'framework' agreement the White House announced Friday – and Manchin has refused to endorse it as of yet. He said the bill's tax provisions – which include a new surtax on millionaires' income – amount to 'overhauling the entire tax code.' 'That is tremendous and there needs to be input,' he said.  Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks with an aide at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., November 2, 2021. 'Time's going to be needed. And there's no rush right now,' he said, as negotiators continue to work on a budget framework 'I don't think anybody intends to harm our economy or create a hardship on people. But I believe everyone should be paying thei fair share,' he said, CNN reported. 'Time's going to be needed. And there's no rush right...
    The threat of war is the only chance of pressuring Iran into a diplomatic process, former Middle East peacemaker under the Clinton and Obama administrations, Dennis Ross, wrote in an oped in Foreign Policy magazine. According to Ross, Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously under President Joe Biden and the only way to remedy that is to threaten military action. “Unless the Iranians understand that the pathway they are on is dangerous for them, the probability of the use of force will go up,” writes Ross. “If the United States wants to reduce the risk of a conflict and give diplomacy a chance to succeed, the Biden administration is going to have to restore Iran’s fear of a U.S. reaction and apply pressure far more effectively,” he asserts. In this photo released on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, missiles are launched in a drill in Iran amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s nuclear program and a U.S. pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic. (Iranian Revolutionary Guard/Sepahnews via AP) According to Ross, the Iranians took bold steps, including enriching uranium to 60% — near...
    IT'S no secret that doctors have a wealth of information when it comes to health and wellbeing. But one expert has now shared the secret health tips that medical professionals only usually reveal to their friends and family. 2Doctors have a breadth of knowledge when it comes to health and one expert has now revealed some of the tips they keep to themselvesCredit: Getty 2Dr Karan Rajan explained his three health hacks that he would usually only tell his friends and familyCredit: tiktok/drkaranr Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan explained some of the top tips he only usually shares with his nearest and dearest. When it comes to medication and supplements, it's likely that most people will store them in the bathroom, but Dr Rajan said you should put them somewhere else. He explained: "Don't keep your meds in you bathroom's medicine cabinet. The steam from the shower and temperature fluctuations can degrade the medication. "Keep them in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight." Most medications have instructions as to where you should store them and you should...
    ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams told the panel at “Good Morning America” on Friday that the charging of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo by the Albany County Sheriff’s Office was an “unusual maneuver” that was “effectively going around the district attorney.” Abrams said, “This is a very unusual maneuver that the sheriff did here. The sheriff is effectively going around the district attorney and went directly to the court. I spoke to a number of assistant district attorneys who have worked in this office before. A couple of them didn’t even know that the Sheriff could do this. The fact that the D.A. did not know that this was coming tells you that this is the Sheriff trying to put pressure on the D.A. to actually file charges. But it does create a bit of a mess for them because now the defense, Cuomo’s attorney, has a very good legal argument to make to say that this charge should be dismissed altogether.” He continued, “Even if you believe every detail of the accusation and you think she’s entirely...
    ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams told Good Morning America on Friday that the filing from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office – “effectively going around the district attorney and directly to the court” – in charging former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was a very “unusual maneuver.” “I spoke to a number of assistant district attorneys who have worked in this office before. A couple of them didn’t even know that the Sheriff could do this,” said Abrams — who is also the founder of Mediaite. Cuomo was charged on Thursday with forcible touching of a former aide. The way in which the charges were filed raised eyebrows across the media and legal world. “The fact that the D.A. did not know that this was coming tells you that this is the Sheriff [Craig Apple] trying to put pressure on the D.A. to actually file charges,” Abrams explained, in a case that’s “really hard to win because not only do you have to prove that it was intentional, you have to prove that it was done for the purpose...
    President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrived at the Vatican Friday for their closed-door meeting with Pope Francis.  The meeting comes after the Vatican abruptly canceled a planned live broadcast of the meeting - and White House reporters were left standing outside in the courtyard.   The Vatican press office provided no explanation for why press coverage was limited to the president's motorcade arriving in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace, where a Vatican monsignor greeted him.   Cancelled was any live coverage of Biden actually greeting the pope in the palace Throne Room, as well as the live footage of the two men sitting down to begin their private talks in Francis' library. The Vatican said it would provide edited footage of the encounter.  The Bidens' motorcade was 85 cars long, due to Italian COVID-19 rules, which only allow four people per vehicle.   The first lady wore a traditional mantilla veil with a Navy suit.  Biden, the country's second Catholic president, will meet with the pope amid pressures from conservatives in the American church who want to admonish politicans who support abortion rights...
    The two storms that pummeled Northern California and the Pacific Northwest recently were extraordinary for their intensity and for the historic amount of precipitation they dropped. They were also unique because they occurred so early in the season. But how rare were they? Unsurprisingly, in a state known for extreme weather, California has seen this sort of thing before. For example, Alex Tardy of the National Weather Service office in San Diego, cites the Columbus Day Storm of 1962, which is also sometimes called the “Big Blow.” That storm brought heavy rain and strong winds to Northern California. Game 6 of the 1962 World Series on Oct. 11 at Candlestick Park, between the San Francisco Giants and the New York Yankees, had to be postponed because of heavy rain. Both storms this month brought heavy rain and strong winds. Both qualified as “bomb cyclones” because of the rapid intensification of low-pressure systems, with atmospheric pressure dropping by at least 24 millibars (a measure of pressure) in 24 hours. Generally speaking, the lower the atmospheric pressure, the more intense the...
    By Zachary Cohen, Annie Grayer, Ryan Nobles and Paula Reid | CNN Members of the House select committee investigating January 6 are losing patience with the pace of talks with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and some are considering whether more aggressive steps are needed to force his compliance in the sweeping probe, multiple sources tell CNN. Meadows was first subpoenaed more than a month ago, and since then the committee has indicated he’s been “engaging” in negotiations over the terms of his turning over documents and appearing for a deposition. But weeks after the committee granted Meadows a “short” but indefinite postponement of the initial subpoena deadline, members are growing increasingly frustrated and contemplating when and how to ramp up the pressure. As one of former President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, Meadows has unique insight into what Trump knew in the lead-up to January 6 and in its direct aftermath. And the committee is pressing to learn more about how Meadows aided an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election, noting in his subpoena that he...
    Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports) The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off another embarrassing loss. Will Patrick Mahomes be able to right the ship against the Giants? Just as a game against Washington was the perfect antidote to prior Chiefs’ struggles, a matchup with the Giants is just what Kansas City needed after being blown out by the Titans. New York is 2-5 but their Week 7 was much more pleasant than the Chiefs. They took it to Carolina in a 25-3 victory. Will KC be able to turn around the negative momentum in order to stop the Giants in their tracks?5 bold predictions for Chiefs vs. GiantsPatrick Mahomes will continue his INT streakPatrick Mahomes is on an unprecedented run with interceptions for his career. In six straight games, he has put the ball in the hands of the other team. That surpassed one other stretch of five games with an interception from his first season as a starter. The streak has to end eventually, but it won’t be this week. Mahomes has been forcing...
    (CNN)There comes a point in every major legislative negotiation when a deal is in sight, but not close enough to be a sure thing. Significant portions are agreed to, even drafted into the text, but the outstanding issues are the most complex and in need of not just hardline negotiations, but often quite creative staff-driven legislative solutions. This is, for lack of a more eloquent term, the grind-it-out stage of the process. The vast majority of the time it reaches an outcome. But it's painful, arduous and -- perhaps most importantly -- time consuming. For President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders who are sprinting toward a deadline just days away, that's a real problem. The bottom line is Biden and Democratic leaders are still driving toward a framework agreement on a $1.5 trillion to $2 trillion economic and climate package -- one substantive enough to clear the way for a vote on Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal -- this week. The goal of mid-week seems unlikely at best, impossible at worst. But don't expect leaders to ease the pressure at...
    by Blake Mathews | CBS 11 FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A strong mid-latitude cyclone off the Pacific-Northwest is one for the record books. READ MORE: Man Wanted For Allegedly Attacking CVS Employee At Dallas StoreBringing widespread record rain and snowfall to the west coast, the storm powered up so strong on Sunday, Oct. 24 that it would rival any category four hurricane in terms of its pressure. Tremendous rainfall has swamped a drought-stricken California where scarce rainfall has now become too much of a good thing. A hard, cracked ground and abundant burn scars has caused a lot of water to run off causing mudslides and rampant flash flooding. In Sacramento, California’s state capital, set an all-time record 24-hour rainfall total of 5.44” breaking the old record of 5.28” set 141 years ago in 1880! Blue Canyon picked up 10.44” of rain in 24-hours breaking their old record of 9.33” set in 1964. It doesn’t end there. READ MORE: Texas Rolls Out Plan To Vaccinate 5 To 11-Year-Olds Against COVID-19Many of the well-known ski resorts like Kirkwood also picked up...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Forget about getting their first win. With six contests into the season, the Chicago Blackhawks are still looking for their first lead in a game. CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek reports on a team trying to take the first step in the right direction. READ MORE: Chicago Police Union President Urges Aldermen To Repeal Mayor's Vaccine Mandate For City Workers; 'This Tyrant At The Top Needs To Stop What She’s Doing'Extra conditioning for the Blackhawks Monday as the team looks to turn the page after a historically bad start to the season. “I don’t think the season’s ever slip away. (The) 2019 Blues were dead last in December. The sooner we can turn it around, the better. The solution is going to start in that dressing room and that dressing room only,” said Blackhawks center Kirby Dach. While the players maintain the onus is on them and not the coaching, many wonder how long Head Coach Jeremy Colliton and GM Stan Bowman will remain at the helm. The Blackhawks now staring down three tough games in four days....
    In their book "I Alone Can Fix It," Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker take an in-depth look at former President Donald Trump's final year in office. Rucker has continued to report on the end of Trump's presidency in the Post, and during an appearance on MSNBC this week, he discussed Trump's efforts to pressure members of Congress Pence to overturn the election results in the days leading up to January 6. Rucker told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell and fellow guest Joyce White Vance (a former federal prosecutor), "There was a days-long effort at the command center at the Willard Hotel, which was just a block away from the White House — where folks like Steve Bannon, John Eastman, Bernie Kerik, the former New York police commissioner, were trying to create this pressure campaign on members of Congress to believe their allegations of voter fraud. There was not, of course, evidence to support those claims. Yet there they were at that hotel, reviewing these claims, trying to fan the flames of dissent." Those "flames" included the crowd of Trump...
    (CNN)The White House is under mounting pressure to get results on voting rights legislation, but sources tell CNN the Biden administration still isn't ready to try to jam it through the Senate by force -- even though the Senate's latest voting bill is expected to falter yet again on Wednesday.Instead of using their slim majority to force the bill through by changing the rules, the current White House plan is for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to step up the public-facing part of their campaign — either to gain enough Republican support or to highlight GOP inaction ahead of the midterm elections.Progressives in the Democratic Party, however, say the White House's approach has been woefully insufficient, expressing frustration that voting rights has been sidelined while Biden focuses on his sweeping domestic agenda.Biden and Democratic congressional leaders have vowed this year to pass voting rights legislation that would push back against restrictive voting laws from Republican state legislatures across the country, warning the new GOP voting restrictions present an existential threat to democracy. White House officials say Biden...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER remains confident he has the backing of the Manchester United bosses and insists he is in constant communication with those above him. The Red Devils manager witnessed his side come undone at the seams at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as they were beaten 4-2 by Leicester. 1Solskjaer has come under fire for his side's recent performancesCredit: Getty The defeat sees Man Utd drop to sixth in the Premier League table during a run of just two wins in seven games in all competitions. But Solskjaer, whose odds of being sacked were slashed following the loss to Leicester, is not concerned about being fired despite the pressure he is under. Speaking ahead of United's Champions League clash against Atalanta on Wednesday, he said: "There's pressure all of the time, there's pressure on me, of course. "We've been under pressure before but come through it. I'm just looking forward to the response now and, as you said, I'm in dialogue with the club all of the time, so that's an open and honest discussion. "After every game,...
    Scouting Report: Invented by an actual meteorologist, the Weatherman Umbrella can withstand any weather you're willing to walk through. It wasn’t until I started commuting to work via train that I understood the value of a reliable, long-lasting umbrella. For years, I had invested in cheap, flimsy umbrellas that fell apart or embarrassingly flipped inside out after a handful of uses. But when you get caught in a windy rain storm with a cheap umbrella, no rain boots, wearing open-toed sandals with over ten blocks to go until your destination, you begin to question your weather-related decision making. Founded by famed meteorologist Rick Reichmuth, Weatherman Umbrella is not producing your typical run-of-the-mill, cheap umbrellas. The Brooklyn-based company has developed a line of well-made umbrellas with state-of-art materials, including industrial-strength fiberglass and quick-dry, water-repellent canopies, which save you and the floor from being soaked when you close the umbrella after a storm. The umbrellas are super lightweight as well. The Travel Umbrella, which I own in a fun neon pink, fits well in my oversized work bag and weighs less than...
    Two longtime Democratic congressmen announced Monday they will not seek re-election next year, putting the pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to keep control of the House in her party's hands.  Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Doyle and North Carolina Congressman David Price will retire.  The two men each have more than 20 years experience on Capitol Hill.  'While it is time for me to retire, it is no time to flag in our efforts to secure a 'more perfect union' and to protect and expand our democracy. I am deeply grateful to the people of the Fourth District for making my service possible and for what we have been able to achieve together. And I promise, in the fifteen months remaining and beyond, to continue fighting for the just and inclusive country we believe in,' Price said in a statement. 'I believe the time had come to pass the torch to the next generation,' Doyle said. 'This was not an easy decision and I spent the most of this year going back and forth.'  Price first won election in 1996. Doyle was...
    Gwen Stefani shared never-before-seen videos of her engagement ring, which could have cost $500,000 Millions of student-loan borrowers dont know who theyll be paying when the payment freeze lifts in 100 days For a select few desperate to cling to elite status, the halfway mark of the group stage brings about potential inflection points in their respective seasons. View the original article to see embedded media.It's still early in the UEFA Champions League group stage, but it's not too early for clubs and individuals with big expectations and lofty mandates to start sweating. With an opening phase that has already featured some surprising results—Young Boys over Man United, Club Brugge over Leipzig, Sheriff Tiraspol over Real Madrid—the potential for some shocks with longer-lasting implications is both significant and very real. The irony for some of those facing the most early pressure in the Champions League currently is that if they had gotten their way last spring, the same kind of scenarios wouldn't be so daunting. For those original Super League dozen, their place in the premier European competition would...
    WAKING UP to a stunning pink sky would be a beautiful way to start the day. Some believe such phenomena are an indication of oncoming conditions. 1 A pink sky means a wet and windy day is ahead Here we examine the most popular weather superstitions and the meaning behind their sayings. RED SKY AT NIGHT, SHEPHERD’S DELIGHT The concept of "red sky at night, shepherd's delight" first appeared in the Bible in the book of Matthew. The proverb is generally true - providing the prevailing weather conditions come from a westerly direction, like in the UK. When high pressure dominates, dust and small particles can be trapped in the air, scattering ‘blue’ light and making red light more visible. A red sunset means high pressure is approaching from the west, bringing settled conditions and often dry, pleasant weather. If the red sky appears in the morning, it is likely that the high pressure has passed to the east, making way for more low-pressure systems – and rain – to move in. WARPED Live updates on David Amess' murder...
    People hold signs at the March for Truth on June 3, 2017 in New York. The marchers were calling for a fair and impartial investigation into alleged Russian influence in the 2016 elections and for then-President Donald Trump to release his tax returns. Which of these lines of asterisks is longest? Line One:  ********************************* Line Two:  *************************************************** Line Three:  ****************** . No one is watching you. No one has any idea which line you pick. Knowing the answer under these circumstances is one thing. Standing by your answer regardless of what others say is a completely different thing.  Lies, misinformation, and disinformation spread fastest when people don’t know or don’t care whether the information they repeat is factual or not. Some people spread untruths because they don’t know what fact-checking is, or don’t have time for fact-checking, or have no idea what “fact-checking” means because it has never been explained to them. But there is also evidence that even when people do know the factual answer, peer pressure will persuade them that going along with the crowd is better than making waves...
    DIXMOOR, Ill. (CBS) — Residents of south suburban Dixmoor were frustrated again on Sunday, as they went on a second day in a row with water issues. CBS 2’s Steven Graves took concerns straight to village leadership, and Dixmoor Village President Fitzgerald Roberts assured people that relief is on the way – and an issue has been identified. In the meantime, the village gave out bottled water to residents at Village Hall. READ MORE: Chicago Sky Win First WNBA Championship As They Top Phoenix MercuryIn a news release, the village said a water break that caused a major loss in water pressure in Dixmoor on Saturday has been fixed. But until the turbines for the water system are fixed, full water pressure will not return. (Credit: Village of Dixmoor) “We can report that we found the break which occurred in Harvey and the break has been repaired,” Roberts said in a news release. “Right now, we are waiting for the pressure to build back up, but we won’t have full pressure until the turbines we use to add...
    Posted on: 16/10/2021 – 05:17 In Sudan, the military and the power-sharing public blame each other for the many crises that have rocked the country, such as the ongoing blockade of Port Sudan. This afternoon, demonstrations are planned in Khartoum in response to calls for dissent within the civilian forces. Many see the military’s influence in this protest Abdallah Hamdok put pressure on the government By breaking the alliance of civil parties. Behind the scenes, we must see, among others, the hand of Mohammed Hamdan Takalo, the commander of the powerful paramilitary force, Hemidi. According to several sources, Mohammed Hamdan Tagalo may have taken the wallet to encourage many Sudanese to join the protest. Students from Koranic schools are said to have been paid to go to Khartoum. Buses are said to have been taken from Darfur to the sword. Its purpose is to put pressure on the civilian government. Hemiti on the move According to a French diplomat, Hamidi is playing hostility between the center and the outside world by supporting a faction of the...