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    President Joe Biden's Tuesday speech featured a number of familiar lines on infrastructure that Democrats hope will lobby support for the president's social safety net spending bill and give the party a boost heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Biden traveled to Dakota County Technical College in Rosemont, Minnesota, and his remarks bore several similarities to addresses delivered in Maryland, New Hampshire, and Michigan following the passage of his $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. BIDEN HAMMERS HOME LOCAL IMPACT OF INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL DURING NEW HAMPSHIRE VISIT The president opened by extending thoughts and prayers to the victims of a school shooting that occurred earlier in the day in Michigan. He then claimed that his dual spending bills would not have been possible without the help of Minnesota's congressional delegation, especially Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whom Biden called "a leader on many issues." "Her colleagues looked at her on everything from lowering the cost of prescription drugs to how to get broadband for the whole country," he continued. "Sen. Klobuchar and I have been friends for a while. She knows how...
    A prominent Harvard student shared his regular trek to class past homeless residents sleeping on the streets in cold Cambridge weather. David Hogg, an anti-gun advocate, attends Harvard College. He became a school safety proponent after his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida , experienced a shooting at the hands of a student. "I walk to class every day passing people sleeping in the cold on the ground- outside an institution with over $53 billion, in a state that purports to be one of the most progressive in the country, In the richest country on the planet," Hogg said Sunday. "Our issue isn’t resources- it’s priorities." DAVID HOGG SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE WEARING A MASK OUTDOORS SO PEOPLE DON'T MISTAKE HIM FOR A CONSERVATIVE I walk to class every day passing people sleeping in the cold on the ground- outside an institution with over $53 billion, in a state that purports to be one of the most progressive in the country, In the richest country on the planet. Our issue isn’t resources- it’s priorities— David...
    A worker uses a mobile phone torchlight to illuminate his cutting space at the fish market, where portable emergency lighting runs due to a power cut, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.Francesca Volpi | Bloomberg | Getty Images Natural gas from Egypt may start flowing to Lebanon within two or three months, and hopefully "long before" the country's elections in 2022, according to Amos Hochstein, the U.S. State Department's senior advisor for global energy security. The governments of four countries in September reached an agreement to pipe gas from Egypt, through Jordan and Syria, to ease the power crisis in Lebanon. At the time, Egypt's Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla said the plan, which is backed by the U.S., would be put into action at the "earliest opportunity," Reuters reported. Hochstein said there is still work to be done before the pipeline is ready, but said he is confident that the plan, as well as an effort to interconnect Jordan and Lebanon's power grids, will succeed. "Every week that goes by, I am more optimistic that we're going to...
    Rihanna has 'arrived in Barbados for the inauguration of its first president', according to local media reports. The singer, 33, who was born on the Caribbean island and appointed Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary by her home country's government in 2018, is reportedly going to be among the dignitaries attending Tuesday's ceremony. Barbados will become the world's newest republic as it removes the Queen as head of state after 55 years and swears in its first president, Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason. Local media Kevz Politics tweeted this evening: 'Multiple media reports indicate that Ambassador Robyn @rihanna Fenty has landed in Barbados and is listed among dignitaries to be present tonight for the Inauguration of Barbados' first President Dame Sandra Mason.' MailOnline has yet to confirm whether Rihanna is in Barbados, and will attend the inauguration.  Rihanna (pictured) has 'arrived in Barbados for the inauguration of its first president', according to local media reports The singer, 33, who was born on the Caribbean island and appointed Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary by her home country's government in 2018, is said to be among the dignitaries attending Tuesday's ceremony....
    (CNN)Queen Elizabeth will have one less realm next week when Barbados severs its final imperial links to Britain by removing the 95-year-old as its head of state and declaring itself a republic. The former British colony -- which gained independence in 1966 -- revived its plan to become a republic last September with the country's governor general, Sandra Mason, saying, "the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind."Mason, a 73-year-old former jurist, will be sworn in as the first-ever president of the island nation of just under 300,000 at a ceremony late on Monday night. The Barbadian parliament elected Mason last month.Present at the festivities will be Prince Charles, heir to the British throne and future head of the Commonwealth, a 54-member organization of mostly former British territories. He accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley to be guest of honor at the transition celebrations, according to Clarence House. "Becoming a republic is a coming of age," said Guy Hewitt, who served as Barbados high commissioner to the United Kingdom between 2014 and 2018. "I...
    PERU has been rocked by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake early this morning. The tremor began at 5.52am on Sunday morning around 28 miles northwest of Barranca, according to the United States Geological Survey. 1Peru was rocked by a magnitude 7.5 earthquake in the early hours of Sunday morningCredit: Alamy The epicenter of the quake, recorded in a sparsely populated region of the Amazon rainforest, was at a depth of 80 kilometers. There have been no immediate reports of injury after the quake, however, videos on social media showed a trail of destruction it had left behind. Rubble lined the streets in the north of the country as buildings bore the brunt of the damage. It was felt as far away as the capital Lima, but its depth was said to have limited the shaking level. But according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), tremors were felt by people in Ecuador. One local said: "Felt quite strong in Loja, Ecuador. Light stuff fell." Another claimed they had felt a "strong and long tremor". No tsunami warning was...
    The most recent Rasmussen poll shows Biden with only 41% approval and 58% disapproving of his job as president. Biden's approval rating is a paltry 36%, along with a disapproval of 53%, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released on Nov. 18. A poll from Civiqs found that President Biden is above water in his approval rating in only six states, and had the lowest approval in West Virginia at an abysmal 18%. NEW: @Civiqs\n\nCiviqs 10-Month Rolling Average \n\nPresident Biden Job Approval\nApprove 37% (-2)\nDisapprove 54% (+1)\n\n130,340 RV || 1/20-10/22\n\n(See below graphic for individual state numbers.)\n\nhttps://civiqs.com/results/approve_president_biden?uncertainty=true&annotations=true&zoomIn=true\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/Wp3YBT0a9k — PPUSA (@PPUSA) 1637784002 A Hill-HarrisX poll released this month found that 61% of registered voters said Biden should make way for another Democrat to run in 2024, while only 24% believed he should run for reelection. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that Republican congressional candidates hold their largest lead over voter preference heading into a midterm election in the 40 years of the survey's history. The poll asked registered voters what political party they would vote for...
    Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China.  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States.  External pressures were a "very big ... influence. I don’t want to name names. We’ll leave it there," Sogavare said.  Manasseh Sogavare, prime Minister of Solomon Islands, attends a Lowy Institute event in Sydney on Monday Aug. 14, 2017.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) CHINA SAYS US SHOULD HAVE NO ‘ILLUSIONS’ WHEN IT COMES TO TAIWAN  Honiara’s Chinatown and its downtown precinct were focuses of rioters, looters and protesters who demanded the resignation of Sogavare, who has been prime minister intermittently since 2000.  Sogavare has been widely criticized by leaders of the country's most populous island of Malaita for a 2019 decision to drop diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of...
    Everyone has a pet theory or two about what has gone wrong in America. And by America I of course mean the United States of, discounting the other 34 countries of the Americas — which speaks to our exceptional self-centeredness, which might in fact be seen as one of the overarching reasons why the country has gone to pot. Not only do we harbor a fervent belief that we have nothing to learn from others, we barely comprehend that they exist. With the Republican Party's platform morphing from obstruction to fascism (e.g., CPAC is planning a spring fling in authoritarian Hungary), citizens losing their minds over wearing masks and talking up anything but a safe and free vaccine in a deadly pandemic that has taken more American lives than were lost in our Civil War (in an era before doctors could do much more than use a saw), and school board members facing violent threats for supporting basic inclusion and diversity efforts in public schools — for many, the concept of American exceptionalism has been turned on its head....
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Amid the long awaiting return of Thanksgiving traditions, daily COVID infections are rising by 10 percent or more in 35 states.COVID hospital admissions are climbing in nearly half of the country.The CDC now predicts the U.S. death toll will surpass 800,000 before Christmas."We have a half dozen ICU patients that are waiting for beds and don't have beds for them yet," UMass Memorial Health's Dr. Eric Dickson said.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:Connecticut to hold booster clinics at nursing homesConnecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has announced the state is ramping up efforts to get older residents vaccinated with a COVID-19 booster shot by bringing special clinics to nursing homes. The move comes as the state has seen its highest infection rates since early September. Lamont is encouraging everyone who is eligible to get a booster shot. While 84% of residents 18 years and older are considered fully vaccinated, only 18% have received a booster shot.De Blasio calls on Gov. Hochul to institute vax mandate for MTA workersMayor Bill de Blasio is calling on New York Governor...
    Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller accused Hillary Clinton of trying “to overthrow democracy” because she repeatedly claimed Russia interfered in the 2016 election on Donald Trump’s behalf. The U.S. intelligence community has widely concluded that this was the case. Fox News Primetime guest host Sean Duffy played several clips of Clinton and Rachel Maddow making this, and less substantiated allegations over the last several years. In one clip from 2017, Maddow claimed, “The presidency is effectively a Russian op.” In another, Clinton said, “I believe [Trump] knows he’s an illegitimate president.” Duffy also played clips from Maddow’s interview with Clinton on Tuesday night in which the former secretary of state discussed disinformation and propaganda. “Hillary Clinton complaining about disinformation is like Bernie Madoff complaining about honest accounting,” said Miller. “The truth is that Hillary Clinton has been the single purveyor of disinformation in the history of our country,” he continued. “What she did to this democracy, what she did to President Trump, what she did to the administration, to our nation for four years by peddling this Russia collusion hoax,...
    Bakari Sellers joined CNN shortly after a jury found all three men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery guilty of murder, calling the Wednesday’s verdict “the day this country needed.” To break down the verdict, Travis McMichael, who fatally shot Arbery in February 2020, was found guilty on all charges, including malice murder, felony murder, and assault. His father Gregory McMichael was found guilty on all charges but malice murder. The McMichael’s neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan, who filmed the fatal confrontation, was found guilty on seven out of nine charges. “I hate to push back on my colleagues today who are much more brilliant than I am and probably better lawyers than I,” Sellers said following the verdict on Wednesday. “I don’t think today is about justice. I think Ahmaud Arbery being alive is justice.” Sellers went on to say that the verdict marked something “even more fleeting for Black people,” pointing to “accountability” in trials similar to this one. “Today is a day just like the Derek Chauvin trial where you have accountability for people who hunt...
    A digital upgrade to the country's 911 system was slashed from President Joe Biden's Build Back Better reconciliation bill.  Axios reported Wednesday that a proposed $10 billion upgrade to the country's 6,000 call centers was stripped from the bill in order to bring the pricetag from the original $3.5 trillion to $1.75 trillion - a move meant to appease moderate Democratic senators.   The money was supposed to go toward allowing Americans to send pictures, texts and video content to 911 operators - and then for centers to seamlessly share that content with one another.  A $10 billion 911 upgrade that was originally found in the Build Back Better bill has been stripped out, with only $470 million left in the bill that passed the House last week Currently only about 3,000 out of 6,000 of the nation's 911 call centers can accept text messages Currently, about 3,000 911 call centers can receive text messages, Axios said.       The House version of the Build Back Better act, which passed Friday morning, now only has $470 million to go toward the modernization effort.  'To say...
    National Basketball Association (NBA) player Enes Kanter said Monday that he’s becoming a citizen of the United States, “the greatest country in the world.” WATCH: “I mean, it’s the greatest country in the world and actually, not many people know this and this is the first time I’m actually saying it on live, and I passed my citizenship test and at the end of this month I’m actually getting sworn in and becoming an official American citizen and I cannot wait.” Kanter, who cannot return to Turkey where he was born, has been a staunch critic of China and professional athletes who support the communist country. (RELATED: Enes Kanter Wears Shoes Against The Lakers Showing LeBron Kneeling Down To China) The Boston Celtics center said America values free speech and that is what he tells people who want him to keep silent about human rights abuses in China. “I wore those Free Tibet shoes, right before the game there’s two gentlemen from the NBA came up to me and said, ‘We are begging you, please take those shoes off,’...
    (CNN)Australians are bracing for a wet and windy summer for a second year in a row as meteorologists said Tuesday that a La Niña weather event had formed in the Pacific Ocean. La Niña is expected to impact the country's north, center and east, including its biggest city, Sydney, during the Southern Hemisphere's late spring and early summer, possibly even as late as autumn, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said.Meteorologists around the world, including Australia, have warned for months that La Niña conditions were forming in the Pacific Ocean, and Tuesday's announcement means parts of the country are on alert for potential flooding and an uptick in tropical cyclones."In terms of tropical cyclones, for La Niña, we do tend to see more than average -- probably about a 65% chance of seeing more than the average number of 11 tropical cyclones," the bureau's head of operational climate services, Andrew Watkins, said at a press conference. A car is seen half submerged in a flood on March 24, 2021 in Sydney, Australia after days of continuous rain.The same parts of...
    Americans believe poor government leadership is a bigger problem than the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent Gallup poll showed. More than 20% of Americans said that “the government/poor leadership” is the top problem facing the country, more than twice the number of Americans that say the same for “the economy in general,” according to a Gallup survey. Additionally, concerns have eased about the COVID-19 pandemic, with the percentage saying it is the nation’s greatest problem dropping to 13% in November from 21% in September. Meanwhile, Americans’ mentions of an economic issue grew to a pandemic-long high, with 26% of respondents mentioning specific economic issues as among the biggest problems facing the country. While 10% of Americans said the economy in general is the most significant issue the country faces, 7% cited inflation and the high cost of living and 5% pointed to unemployment and jobs. (RELATED: The Inflation Crisis Has Gotten So Bad That Even The Pentagon Had To Issue A Warning) Americans’ economic worries rise to pandemic high: Gallup https://t.co/Tg6KmbNQ4r pic.twitter.com/FAU7d5ac5X — The Hill (@thehill) November 22, 2021 The...
    Former President Donald Trump called President Biden's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan "the single most embarrassing moment in the history of our country" Sunday on "Life, Liberty & Levin." "I think it’s the most embarrassing and humiliating period in the history of our country," Trump told host Mark Levin. "I was all set up to withdraw with dignity and tremendous strength," he said earlier in the interview. "Nobody was going to be killed. We weren’t leaving $85 billion behind; we weren’t leaving 10 cents behind. I said, ‘Every bolt, every screw, every nail comes out.’" TRUMP SLAMS BIDEN'S 'SURRENDER' OF AFGHANISTAN, WARNS CHINA COULD TAKE BAGRAM He added that he does not think "there’s ever been anything so terrible" and that "nobody" discusses the soldiers injured in the Kabul bombing. He said he met with "many of the parents" of the 13 soldiers killed and they "cannot believe this happened to their child."  Trump also knocked Biden for high gas prices, saying that "[i]nflation is eating our people alive." As for the crisis at the southern border, "nobody’s had borders like...
    ATHERTON – Sacred Heart Prep left no doubt Saturday night that its boys water polo team is the best in Northern California. By a mile. But should it be considered the best in not just the state, but the nation? “I don’t think that’s in question at this point after everything we’ve done this year,” SHP coach Brian Kreutzkamp said. “Unfortunately there’s nothing official on it, but I’m willing to go there if you are.” Let’s take a closer look at the résumé of the top-seeded Gators, who closed out the season by taking a ceremonial dip into their home pool after a resounding 17-4 triumph over No. 3 seed Miramonte in the NorCal Regional Division I championship game. Along the way, SHP (27-3) was unchallenged in the West Catholic Athletic League and Central Coast Section. It also claimed first place in two of the most prestigious tournaments across the country – the Elite 12 and North vs. South invitationals – by defeating SoCal powers Newport Harbor and Mater Dei. “Obviously it’s up...
    Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson reacted to Friday’s Rittenhouse acquittal with a scathing rebuke of the media for its portrayal of Kyle Rittenhouse, which based on the trial proceedings turned out to be incorrect. Carlson also said it showed the diminished role the media play in America. Transcript as follows: CARLSON: Here is how the story started, just so we all remember. Seventeen-year–old Kyle Rittenhouse wound up on the street in Kenosha in the first place with a gun for one reason. He was there because in the summer of 2020, the leadership of the Democratic Party endorsed mob violence for political ends. That’s why there were riots in Kenosha that night, because people like Kamala Harris supported those riots. More than a year later, as Rittenhouse stood trial for murder, those very same people implied there would be more violence if he was acquitted. So imagine being a juror on that case, imagine the pressure and the fear. It would take enormous moral courage for any juror to ignore the threats and follow the evidence to its logical conclusion,...
    MINNEAPOLIS ( WCCO) — It looked like any normal Monday morning on a quiet street in southwest Minneapolis. But just hours earlier, sounds of a car horn blared down the block and an attempted carjacking was stopped in its tracks. Pat Berg, 79, said her 75-year-old sister, Katie, had just dropped her off at her house in the Kingfield neighborhood when, while driving away, Katie was forced to pull over by individuals in a white sedan who tried to get her out of her car. Instead, Berg said her sister locked the doors, slammed on her car’s horn, called 911 and the attackers fled on foot. READ MORE: 'It's A Free Country': Man Threatens TSA Agent's Life, Throws Checkpoint Stanchion, Strips Naked & Masturbates, Charges State“I ran up there so fast,” Berg said, recalling the incident, which happened just feet from her house. “Katie was cool as cucumber. I was a nervous wreck.” A neighbor’s doorbell camera captured the whole scene on video—the encounter lasted less than three minutes. A spokesman for Minneapolis police said the preliminary investigation led to...
    YouTube The Encino Oaks Country Club as it appears in season 1 of "Cobra Kai." Fans of “The Karate Kid” and its spinoff series “Cobra Kai” have a keen eye for observation. Many might have noticed that the Encino Oaks Country Club, the setting of the legendary scene in the original film in which Daniel gets doused in a plate of spaghetti while spying on Ali, has since been re-used as a location in the series. But what is the background surrounding this location? Is it a real place, and is it the same as the one in “The Karate Kid”? Here’s everything fans need to know.The Appearance of the Club in ‘Cobra Kai’ Is a Callback to ‘The Karate Kid’ Play The Karate Kid | PART I | Daniel Spy on Ali with JohnnyI do not own any rights to this movie. I own nothing.2018-05-28T07:21:52Z In the original film, the Encino Oaks Country Club is a popular haunt of the story’s upper class families, such as those of Johnny Lawrence and Ali Mills. At one point...
    Alex Jones erupted on his show Monday after being found liable in a defamation case filed by Sandy Hook families. Jones has lost all four defamation suits brought forth by families over his infamous comments several years ago saying the horrific shooting in Newtown that killed innocent children was a hoax. He was found liable by default because, according to the judge, he refused to hand documents over in the case. After the news broke Monday, Jones said, “It’s all a fraud, ladies and gentlemen. We hardly ever even talked about Sandy Hook.” He claimed being found liable for defamation is symptomatic of “a system trying to kill the First Amendment.” “I don’t really know what happened there,” Jones said. “There were a lot of anomalies, a lot of issues, but I do know that school shootings do actually happen. I just know they’re not my fault. And I know I didn’t kill those children at Sandy Hook, but when you think about Sandy Hook, you think about the name Alex Jones, ladies and gentlemen. And that’s just branding and...
    (CNN)At first glance, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy's decision to retire rather than seek a 9th(!) term in office does little to affect the fight for the US Senate majority in 2022.After all, President Joe Biden won the state by 35 points in 2020, his largest margin anywhere in the country. And, the last time a Republican won a Senate seat in Vermont was more than two decades ago.All true! And all relevant!But, there's also something else interesting about Vermont: It has one of the most popular Republican governors in the country in a man named Phil Scott. Scott, first elected in 2016, was reelected in 2020 by 41 points, which -- because math -- is larger than Biden's 35-point margin in the state that same year. (Vermont elects its governors to two-year terms rather than the more traditional four years common elsewhere in the country.)Scott's popularity has only increased since the 2020 election. As The Atlantic's Russell Berman wrote in August:Read More"Six months later, Scott is riding even higher. No other state has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic better than Vermont:...
    Country music star Kelsea Ballerini broke down in tears on CBS Mornings today as she discussed one tragic moment that shaped her: the death of a classmate by gun violence in her high school cafeteria.  Kelsea, 28, was a sophomore at Central High School, in Knoxville, Tennessee, when her 15-year-old classmate, Ryan McDonald, was shot in the chest by a fellow student, Jamar Siler, then 15. She's written about the memory in her new book of poetry, Feel Your Way Through: A Book of Poetry, sharing vivid details of the experience and the impact it had on her. Kelsea recalled how she watched him take his last breath as he died on the cafeteria floor, and how carrying that memory with her as made her afraid of loud noises and guns ever since. Country music star Kelsea Ballerini broke down in tears as she discussed one tragic moment that shaped her: the death of a classmate by gun violence in her high school cafeteria Kelsea, 28, was there when her 15-year-old classmate, Ryan McDonald, was shot in the chest fellow classmate Jamar Siler, then...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing titled Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response, in Dirksen Building on Thursday, November 4, 2021.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Covid-19 cases are starting to climb again in select regions across the U.S. after stabilizing at a high level following this summer's delta surge, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Monday. Fauci's comments came just a day after the country reported a seven-day average of more than 82,000 new cases, up 11% from the week before, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Nationwide cases were down 57% last week from the delta wave's peak this summer, but an influx of Covid patients in the Midwest and Northeast are fueling the sudden climb. "The only thing that's a little bit disconcerting is that we're beginning to plateau," Fauci said during an interview hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center. "In other words, the deceleration...
    White House chief of staff Ron Klain has defended Joe Biden and his administration as the presidents approval ratings continues to fall amid rapidly rising inflation and a 'cost of living' crisis. Polling from Monmouth University suggests confidence in the president is in short supply and dwindling with 42 per cent saying they are unsure of the president's ability to rescue the economy in the aftermath of COVID-19.  The figures are 12 per cent lower than when Biden took office in January when his approval rating sat at 54 percent.  White House chief of staff Ron Klain, pictured, has defended several crises afflicting the Biden administration including rising inflation, high unemployment and supply chain issues 'Things are a lot better in this country than they were a year ago with regard to covid, with regard to the economy but we have a lot of work left to do and I think voters are in a "show me, don't tell me" mode,' Klain told Jake Tapper, seen left, on CNN WH Chief of Staff Ron Klain: "Things are a lot better in...
    Analysis of Google search data found that Canada is one of the most sought after countries in the world. According to a report released by Remitly, Canada was the most searched destination for people from 36 different countries, from Colombia to India, with the desire to study abroad. It says more than any other country. Data are collected and grouped together by analyzing the monthly search volume for common search terms such as “study in (location)” or “university in (location)” in 164 countries. Spain is the most searched country in 13 countries, followed by Britain in 10 countries. Similarly, the report found that France is the most searched place by Canadian students. The report also explores search interest for the top 2,000 universities in the rankings, according to the World University Ranking Center. The University of Toronto was ranked as the most searched university in Canada and ranked 7th in global search interest. Harvard University tops the list, followed by UCLA and Oxford University. Prior to the COVID-19 epidemic, international student enrollment in Canada had more...
    California gas prices hit an average price of $4.658 a gallon Friday, about a penny short of the highest recorded average price of $4.671 for regular gasoline set in October 2012, according to AAA.America's largest state by population has the highest gas prices in the country. The national average dropped slightly to $3.416 Friday.AAA said heavy rainstorms in Northern California have pinched production capacity, which then trickled down to Southern California -- just like what happened in Louisiana with Hurricane Ida."It's a bit of a supply crunch we have right now, there's nothing major, until the refineries in Northern California can get back up to full production capacity," Jeffrey Spring, Corporate Communications Manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California said.RELATED: Gas hits $7.59 a gallon in CA townEMBED More News Videos The lone gas station in a coastal California town is charging $7.59 for regular unleaded. Prices are pushing $5 in some areas, including Northern California's Humboldt County, where the average price was $4.971 Friday. The Bay Area has surged to over $4.80.Gas prices have been increasing steadily throughout...
    By Ramishah Maruf | CNN Business California gas prices hit an average price of $4.658 a gallon Friday, about a penny short of the highest recorded average price of $4.671 for regular gasoline set in October 2012, according to AAA. America’s largest state has the highest gas prices in the country. The national average dropped slightly to $3.416 Friday. AAA said heavy rainstorms in Northern California have pinched production capacity, which then trickled down to Southern California — just like what happened in Louisiana with Hurricane Ida. “It’s a bit of a supply crunch we have right now, there’s nothing major, until the refineries in Northern California can get back up to full production capacity,” Jeffrey Spring, Corporate Communications Manager of the Automobile Club of Southern California said. Prices are pushing $5 in some areas, including Northern California’s Humboldt County, where the average price was $4.971 Friday. The Bay Area has surged to over $4.80. Gas prices have been increasing steadily throughout the year as fuel demand grows around the globe and suppliers have been unable — or unwilling —...
    Glasgow, Scotland (CNN)This is the official new draft of the COP26 Glasgow Agreement that has been published on Friday. Read CNN's analysis of the text here. Draft COP decision proposed by the PresidentThe Conference of the Parties, Noting decisions 1/CMP.16 and 1/CMA.3,Recognizing the role of multilateralism and the Convention, including its processes and principles, and the importance of international cooperation in addressing climate change and its impacts, in the context of sustainable development and efforts to eradicate poverty,Read MoreAcknowledging the devastating impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and the importance of ensuring a sustainable, resilient and inclusive global recovery, showing solidarity particularly with developing country Parties,Recognizing the important advances made through the UNFCCC multilateral process since 1994, including in the context of the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement,Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable...
    NASHVILLE, TN -- 30 music educators from around the country will travel to Nashville for the 55th Annual CMA Awards. The teachers will be recognized as part of the Country Music Association Foundation's "Music Teachers of Excellence" program."I think anytime that music education is put on the spotlight it's a great thing," said Keith Hancock, the choir director at Tesoro High School in Las Flores, CA. "I'm honored to be kind of the face of that for the CMAs and to help spread the word about the value and the importance of music.""I think what the CMA foundation is doing for kids is just so important," said singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, who will serve as the CMA foundation ambassador. "I'm very excited about all of the fun stuff that we're gonna get to do to raise awareness.""I give them real world experiences," said high school music educator Neshawn Calloway in Chattanooga, Tennessee. "They get that experience of what it's like to actually gig."Jose Antonio Diaz, the Jazz band director at MacArthur High School in Houston, Texas, will also be among the...
    LeAnn Rimes, 39, Flashes Toned Legs In Short Shorts At A Pumpkin Patch Nick Chubb, Demetric Felton test positive for COVID-19 $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Refi Rates at 1.99% APR. Do you qualify? Ad Microsoft Transfer Your Debt and Pay 0 Interest Until 2023 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/21 SLIDES © Gary Gershoff/Getty Images The 20 best duets in country music history Bringing together the genre's finest talents has always been a country music staple. From the legendary duets between Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn to more modern collaborations between husband-and-wife duo Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, there's no denying that country music produces a ton of really great duets.  Looking for the finest? Flip through the gallery below for a look...
    (CNN)The man's voice trembled as he spoke, standing in the middle of an open field in southern Nicaragua. He was tense, despite the cool breeze and the mid-morning sunshine. If any of his government colleagues knew he was speaking to foreign journalists, he would surely be imprisoned."I was afraid to talk with you," said the man, a local official who requested anonymity for his safety. "It could have terrible consequences for my security if it leaked. But at the same time, the conviction and the hope that our voice will reach others around the world make us take risks."He had waited to leave his home until after the government forces that check in on him every morning had left. They take photos and videos, he says, and tell him he must "walk a straight line." It's not an uncommon practice these days for anyone the Nicaraguan regime deems suspicious, the official said.Then he got in his car, made sure no one was following him, and went straight to the field -- the only place where he felt he could say...
    Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSununu says he'll decide on Senate bid 'in the next week or so' Ted Cruz labels Big Bird's vaccination tweet 'propaganda' Democrats are getting pummeled while they're down — it's time to punch back MORE (R-Texas) said that Texas should secede if Democrats "fundamentally" destroy the U.S. but added that "he is not ready to give up on America yet." "If the Democrats end the filibuster, if they fundamentally destroy the country, if they pack the Supreme Court, if they make D.C. a state, if they federalize elections if they massively expand voter fraud there may come a point where it's hopeless," Cruz said while speaking at an event at Texas A&M last month. The Republican senator was responding to a question posed by a student in the crowd who asked him how he felt about the Texas secessionist movement. "I think Texas has a responsibility to the country, and I'm not ready to give up on America. I love this country," he said. He also added that Texas has an added responsibility to the U.S. as it is...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The holiday shopping season is boosting China's trade at a time when the country needs it most. But that doesn't mean its economic woes are over just yet.Chinese exports surged 27% in October from a year earlier, according to customs statistics released by Chinese authorities on Sunday. That's a shade softer than September's 28% year-on-year growth, but better than analysts were expecting. The strong export figures lifted China's trade surplus to a record $84.5 billion in October. Billionaire Charlie Munger praises China for being smarter than America at handling economic boomsAnalysts suspect China's exports were bolstered by strengthening global demand as the world continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, along with retailers stocking up for the holiday shopping season. The widening trade surplus has also helped China boost its foreign exchange reserves, already the largest in the world. The total amount the country keeps in reserve increased to more than $3.2 trillion in October, the first increase since July, according to data from China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange on Sunday.Read MoreThe agency said in a...
    Award-winning Brazilian singer Marília Mendonça was killed in a plane crash along with four others after the private jet carrying the star, her producer and her uncle  went down near a waterfall in southeastern Brazil on Friday. Just an hour before the deadly crash, Mendonça uploaded a video to Twitter and Instagram that showed her pulling her suitcase and carrying her guitar before she boarded the flight.  Mendonça, 26, was on her way to a concert in the Minas Gerais city of Caratinga when the private aircraft crashed. Mendonça, who won a Latin Grammy Award in 2019, leaves behind one-year-old son named Léo. Two of the four other victims were identified as her producer Henrique Ribeiro, and her uncle and advisor Abicieli Silveira Dias. The names of the pilot and co-pilot have not been released. Their deaths were confirmed by the Military Fire Department of Minas Gerais.  The wreckage of a small airplane that crashed with Brazilian country singer Marilia Mendonca, 26, is seen near a waterfall area in Piedade de Caratinga  Minas Gerais Military Firefighters Corps shows the airplane that crashed that...
    Outgoing Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, warned his fellow Republicans that former President Trump may win the 2024 presidential election, but if he does not, he will try to 'steal' it.  Still, he said he will work to ensure Trump does not 'steal' the election.  'January 6 was an unconstitutional attempt led by the President of the United States to overturn an American election and reinstall himself in power illegitimately. That's fallen nation territory, that's third world country territory. My family left Cuba to avoid that fate. I will not let it happen here,' Gonzalez told CNN.  'I think it's all pushing towards one of two outcomes: He either wins legitimately, which he may do, or if he loses again, you just try to steal it,' the two-term congressman added.  'Should he be the nominee, or should he run again, I'll do everything I can to stop him,' he said. 'Can I stop him? I have no idea. But I believe as a citizen of this country who loves this country and respects the Constitution, that's my responsibility.'  'I think it's all...
    WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- On the day after the West Hollywood City Council approved an increase that sets the minimum wage within the city at $17.64 an hour, workers and business owners expressed their reaction to the new ordinance.The landmark decision will give pay hikes to employees of restaurants and many other businesses after city leaders approved highest minimum wage in the nation."It is an incredible day for city, for our workers, for our residents, for respect, for dignity, for equity and equality," Mayor Pro-Tem Sepi Shyne said at a news conference.Under the plan, the hourly wage for hotel workers will increase to $17.64 cents on Jan. 1.The hikes for small and large businesses will also start at the beginning of next year, but will be phased in with increases every six months, ultimately reaching $17.64 on July 1, 2023."This new wage is going to change my life forever," one hotel worker said at the news conference.EMBED More News Videos West Hollywood's city council passed a motion that will hike the local minimum wage up to $17.64 an hour,...
    NBC Carson Peters and Lana Scott on "The Voice." The coaches on NBC’s “The Voice” were torn about who Blake Shelton should choose following a country music Knockout Round. Shelton put his singers Carson Peters and Lana Scott against one another since they’ve got some of the same vibes, and he wanted to give whoever won the best chance to make it far in live shows. Carson Peters, who was a four-chair turn during the Blind Auditions, covered George Strait’s song “Amarillo by Morning” and used his violin as a way to stand out from the competition. Lana Scott performed Taylor Swift’s “Wildest Dreams.” Coaches John Legend, Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson had a lot of thoughts about the performances. Watch The Knockout Round Play Carson Peters and Lana Scott Deliver Country-Tinged Performances | The Voice Knockouts 2021Carson Peters performs George Straits "Amarillo by Morning" against Lana Scott singing Taylor Swifts "Wildest Dreams" during The Knockouts on The Voice. » Get The Voice Official App: bit.ly/TheVoiceOfficialApp » Subscribe for More: bit.ly/TheVoiceSub » NBC’s The Voice Mondays and...
    This is the moment a Romanian woman was chased into her house by two bears in the latest such scare in the country. The incident took place in Sinaia, which is a town in central Romania's Prahova County, with footage showing a mother bear and her cub padding down an alley shortly before a woman leaves her house on October 27 at 9.45pm. Romania has the largest population of brown bears outside Russia with an estimated 6,000 in the wild.   This is the moment a mother bear and her cub chase a Romanian woman back into her own home The woman had left the house but camera footage shows her hurrying home, pursued by the bears RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next A California woman attacked by bear inside Lake Tahoe cabin... Paw licking good! Man discovers bear cub destroying his... Share this article Share Incidents of bears attacking humans is common in the country. Since July authorities have been able to shoot bears that break into people's homes There are around 6,000...
    It took 1,458 flights and 1,117 buses and trains for Drew Binsky to reach his goal of traveling to every country in the world. And he did it in less than a decade. CNBC spoke with Binsky nine hours after he touched down in his last country — Saudi Arabia — about how he financed his 10-year travel spree.Visiting every country in the worldAccording to your tally, you've been to 197 countries. How do you define "country?" You're hitting me with a hard one right away. It's very political. The U.N. has 193 recognized sovereign states. I add four to that — Kosovo, Palestine, Taiwan and Vatican. Some of these are observer states of the U.N., and they are also the four most recognized of all the unrecognized "countries." I think I'm like the 250th person to visit every country. Is there a name for this group? The "every country" club. It's a small community, and I'm friends with maybe 20 of them. There's a lot of drama. It's like: "You actually haven't been to North Korea because you only went...
    The website identified 88 school districts across the country where race in education or critical race theory, responses to the coronavirus pandemic, and sex education and gender identity in schools stoked significant activism this past election season. While some groups are supporting specific candidates, others — such as Moms for Liberty — are energizing parents to educate themselves on the issues, to "stand up for parental rights," and hit the polls. The Florida-based organization is no fringe group, either. It operates 145 chapters in 32 states.Anything else?The election victories are the apparent result of the groundswell of angry parents gathering at local school boards to protest progressive policies over the last year. That furor has become a movement. Yet the movement has not only affected local politics. Rather, candidates for statewide offices such as Virginia governor have also successfully campaigned on wresting educational control from the government and giving it back to parents. Soon enough, issues relating to critical race theory in classrooms may end up influencing national offices.
    Outgoing Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, one of Donald Trump's most aggressive Republican critics, is reportedly toying with the idea of a run for higher office after he retires from the House in early 2022, he indicated on Thursday.  He's one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over the Capitol riot.  He told CNN today that he 'definitely' wouldn't rule out a 2024 presidential bid after last week announcing he won't seek re-election. The 43-year-old Air Force veteran said he's at least mulling a run for Senate or governor of his state, which is currently run by Democrat JB Pritzker.  Kinzinger anticipates he'll 'probably' have a decision made not soon after he leaves office in January or February.  'I never rule anything out,' he said today. 'The key is, how do we restore the honor of the party in the country?' But winning the White House is a difficult path for the Republican who made his name criticizing a president of his own party and joining a Democrat-led panel investigating Trump's actions concerning the January 6 Capitol riot. According...
    Democratic political strategist James Carville tore into 'stupid wokeness' as the root of Terry McAuliffe's defeat in the Virginia governor's race as well as Democratic defeats across the board – and pleaded with party members to avert a backlash. The 'Ragin Cajun' who helped steer Bill Clinton to victory in 1992 aimed squarely at cultural clashes over race, education, and police funding as the heart of the matter, after Repulbican Glenn Youngkin took down McAuliffe by winning over suburban areas that had gone for Joe Biden just a year ago. 'What went wrong is just stupid wokeness. Don't just look at Virginia and New Jersey. Look at Long Island, look at Buffalo, look at Minneapolis, even look at Seattle, Washington,' Carville said as he ticked off election results in an appearance on PBS News Hour. 'I mean, this "defund the police" lunacy, this take Abraham Lincoln's name off of schools. I mean that — people see that,' he said. He said Terry McAuliffe got 'caught up in something national' and blamed it for his loss (McAuliffe also has deep Clinton...
    Sen. Joe Manchin claimed Thursday that the US is a 'center-right' country and that President Biden should give up on trying to get the kind of 'major legislation' done that passed under Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson.  'We can't go too far left,' the West Virginia Democrat told CNN from Capitol Hill on Thursday. 'This is not a center-left or a left country. We are a center — if anything, a little center-right country, that's being shown — and we ought to be able to recognize that.'  Manchin railed against his own 'hostile' workplace.  'You wanna know what's wrong with the place? I go to work in a hostile work environment every day,' the senator said.  'If you're a Democrat and a Republican is up for election, you're supposed to be against that person,' even if their opponent is 'Donald Duck.'  Pushing for a smaller reconciliation spending package, Manchin said: 'We don't have the numbers that FDR had or that Lyndon Baines Johnson had in order to get some major, major legislation done. We don't have those. So we have...
    Fox News host Sean Hannity urged Republicans to take note of Tuesday's victory in Virginia, calling it just the "first step" in defeating the radical socialist agenda in the 2022 midterms and beyond. "Let’s not get ahead of ourselves," the "Hannity" host told viewers Wednesday. "What happened in Virginia… is only the first step. We cannot forget the radical Green New Deal socialists, they are still in charge and they have not given up the radical ideology," he warned. VIRGINIA ELECTION TIMELINE: HOW EDUCATION BECAME CRUCIAL TO REPUBLICANS' VICTORY Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin speaks at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Hannity said while Republicans must unite against socialist policies that threaten to undermine democracy, "they also have got to focus now on being a party that is responding to the needs of working men and women.  "If we are to save this great republic, Republicans have got to loudly and proudly articulate, advocate, fight for freedom, liberty, limited government, capitalism, our great Constitution and yes, that would include our Bill of Rights," he said. Supporters of...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- For the second year in a row, Los Angeles has been named the second "rattiest" city in the country.Exterminator company Orkin released its annual list on Wednesday.The top five cities this year are the same as last year, with Chicago being at the top of the list once again.New York follows L.A., with Washington, D.C. and San Francisco rounding out the top five.Orkin says the pandemic closures of many restaurants led rats to scavenge in new areas this year, with some displaying more aggressive behavior than in the past.The regions were ranked by the number of new rodent treatments performed between Sept. 15, 2020, to Sept. 15, 2021, in both residential and commercial areas.RELATED l Shocking mess outside K-town home has been issue for yearsEMBED More News Videos Residents of a Koreatown neighborhood are relieved after the city said crews will start cleaning up a property where hoarding debris is piling up. The increase of rodents became so prevalent that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Rodent Control guidance on ways to keep rats...