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    LANCASTER, Calif. (CNS) -- Elected officials are speaking out against a judge's decision to allow a sexually violent predator to reside in the Antelope Valley.Lawtis Rhoden, 72, was either convicted or pleaded guilty to multiple child rapes and other sexual assaults in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and Nashville, Tennessee, beginning in 1969.He was committed to California's Department of State Hospitals after spending nearly 20 years in state prison. The Orange County Superior Court found him suitable for supervised release in 2019, setting off a long process in which officials worked to find a location for him to reside amid predictable opposition from residents and politicians.Orange County Superior Court Judge Megan Wagner ruled Friday that Rhoden will be placed in the Antelope Valley under supervised release."With this ruling, Judge Wagner has made a decision that blatantly dismissed the concerns voiced by the community. I am frustrated and feel the concerns of my constituents fell on deaf ears,'' Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Friday.READ ALSO | Inland Empire residents concerned about potential relocation of 'sexually violent...
    Cases of the omicron COVID-19 variant are being confirmed around the country this weekend. CaliforniaThe first case of the "variant of concern" was identified in a California resident and public health officials in the Golden State said Friday that at least five people in Alameda County were infected by the strain after attending a wedding in Wisconsin last month. The five people who have confirmed – and "mildly symptomatic" – omicron cases are part of a group of 12 vaccinated people between the ages of 18 and 49 who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Alameda County Department of Public Health.  One of the individuals went to the Nov. 27 wedding after returning from international travel. Genomic sequencing for the remaining seven cases has not yet been completed. "Most" of the 12 people had received booster shots.  CONTACT TRACING REVS UP IN SOME STATES AS OMICRON REACHES USNew Jersey and GeorgiaAlso on Friday, authorities said that a woman who recently traveled from South Africa is both New Jersey and Georgia’s first confirmed case of the variant. The woman is...
    Moderate Republicans are declining paths toward higher office, or withdrawing from their positions altogether, as the GOP becomes increasingly essentialized by right-wing extremism following Donald Trump's presidency. On Wednesday, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a two-term governor who is more popular amongst Democrats than Republicans, announced that he will not be running for re-election next year, making the seat especially vulnerable to a Democratic pickup in the deep blue state. Baker, a former healthcare executive, attributed his withdrawal to Massachusetts' ongoing need for pandemic recovery, calling another campaign of his "a distraction." "We want to focus on recovery, not on the grudge matches political campaigns can devolve into," Baker wrote in a public letter. As of November, Massachusetts has seen 852,527 confirmed cases and 19,373 deaths, with roughly half of the latter occurring in nursing homes. Baker came under scrutiny for an outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in Spring of last year, according to The Boston Globe, which took the lives of 67 veterans. Baker was also harshly criticized this February over his decision to cut off the vaccines...
    California has recorded its second confirmed case of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, this one in Los Angeles County. There are currently no indications of a larger outbreak, and officials are urging people not to panic, saying they see no need for more restrictions at this time. Here is what we know:The patient The infection, county officials said, was most probably travel-related, as the person had returned to L.A. after flying to South Africa via London on Nov. 22 — just days before Omicron’s detection was publicly announced and the World Health Organization officially declared it a “variant of concern.” “A small number of close contacts in Los Angeles have been identified and, to date, all have tested negative and have no symptoms,” county officials said in a statement. California L.A. County records first case of Omicron variant as officials urge more COVID-19 testing Confirmation of the variant in the nation’s most populous county came as officials urged residents to get tested for the coronavirus more frequently when it makes sense to do so — particularly...
    A medical worker administers a nasal swab Covid-19 test to a traveler at the Dignity Health-GoHealth Urgent Care testing site in the international terminal at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images At least six U.S. states now have more than a dozen cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant after Nebraska officials Friday confirmed six infections after a traveler returned from Nigeria and apparently infected five members of their household. The news comes one day after 10 cases were confirmed in Minnesota, Colorado, New York, Hawaii and California, which reported the nation's first case of the variant in a patient in San Francisco on Wednesday and tenth case in Los Angeles on Thursday.  The first patient in Nebraska returned from Nigeria on Nov. 23 and became symptomatic on Nov. 24, according to a press release from the Public Health Solutions District Health Department. Only one of the six people were vaccinated and none have required hospitalization, the department said. New York officials...
    ▶ Watch Video: Biden launches plan to combat Omicron variant The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is the latest strain of the coronavirus to be designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization: more and more countries are reporting cases, and it has an unusual combination of mutations that may enable it to spread faster. Scientists are also trying to determine whether the current vaccines are effective against it. Is it spreading in the U.S.? At least 10 cases have been reported across five states: Hawaii, New York, Colorado, Minnesota, and California. Some local leaders say Omicron is likely spreading in their states, after spotting cases not linked to international travel.  On December 2, New York’s governor announced that five new cases of the variant had been detected in the state. At least one, a 67 year old woman, had recently traveled to South Africa. She had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine and reported “mild symptoms” from the disease. Officials said they had few details on the other four cases. That announcement came hours after health officials...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  A person in San Francisco has been identified as having the first recorded case of the Omicron variant in the United States, health officials said Wednesday. Both California and federal officials suspect the coronavirus variant is likely in other parts of the country by now. They say its presence is a cause for concern but not panic.The patient The infected individual returned home from South Africa on Nov. 22, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The person developed symptoms around Nov. 25 — Thanksgiving — and got tested Sunday. On Monday, the result came back positive, and the virus specimen was subsequently analyzed and revealed to be the latest named coronavirus strain. Citing privacy, health officials released few details about the individual. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the person was between 18 and 49 years old.Condition The person was fully vaccinated and had mild symptoms that did not require hospitalization. Officials said the individual’s condition was improving as of Wednesday. “The person recently traveled to South Africa and developed symptoms upon their...
    Share this: MTA officials on Tuesday honored subway conductor Mandy Harford and train operator Tamika Waller, whose actions during a service disruption on the L line between Brooklyn and Manhattan were exemplary. Waller first spotted an unauthorized person on the tracks at the First Avenue station in Manhattan, likely saving the person’s life. The incident delayed Harford’s train for an hour, inconveniencing riders from North Williamsburg and Bushwick for whom the L train provides the main access to Manhattan. Video of the incident taken onboard the train on Nov. 23 was posted online and captured Harford’s exceptional communication with customers. Throughout the entire incident, Harford walked through train cars assuring customers police had been notified, and they would be on the move as soon as possible.
    The new COVID strain is 'cause for concern, not a cause for panic,' President Joe Biden said Monday. In remarks from the White House on Monday, President Joe Biden urged Americans not to panic about the newly discovered omicron coronavirus variant, projecting calm as reports of variant cases around the globe continue to pile up. "This variant is a cause for concern, not a cause for panic," Biden said, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and his chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci. "We'll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion." First flagged by a doctor in South Africa, omicron cases have since been discovered everywhere from Australia to Italy to Canada, and the president over the weekend moved to restrict air travel for non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the country from South Africa and seven other African nations. Though there are not yet any documented examples of the new strain here, the president on Monday acknowledged it's "almost inevitable" that omicron cases will be...
    (CNN)The Taliban executed dozens of members of the Afghan security forces after they surrendered following the militants' seizure of Afghanistan in late summer, new research released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday alleges.The HRW report detailed "the summary execution or enforced disappearance" of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), including military personnel, police, intelligence service members and paramilitary militia, who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces between August 15 and October 31.HRW says the report is based on a total of 67 interviews, including 40 in-person interviews with witnesses, relatives and friends of victims, and Taliban fighters. Some people were granted anonymity by HRW for their report. In some cases, families report stories of people who simply disappeared.The findings of the investigation would make a mockery of the Taliban's previous claims to the international community that it would lead a more inclusive government than it did two decades ago. Its leaders had promised a reprieve for those who collaborated with US forces during the American presence in the country. Despite soothing...
    There are no plans for President Joe Biden to visit Waukesha, Wis., after the Christmas parade attack earlier this month that killed six people, according to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.    'Obviously any president going to visit a community requires a lot of assets ... requires taking their resources,' she said after being asked during her regular briefing on Monday why he had not yet visited. 'And it's not something that I have a trip to preview at this point in time, but we remain in touch with local officials.'  A vigil was held in Waukesha on Sunday afternoon to mark a week since an S.U.V. plowed into a Christmas parade. Darrell Brooks, 39, has been charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide, a charge that carries a mandatory life sentence if convicted.  More charges are expected to follow. Investigators have yet to reveal a motive. White House Press Secretary said she had nothing to announce about any trips when asked why President Joe Biden had not visited Waukesha, Wisconsin 'Obviously any president going to visit a community requires...
    Although Barack and Michelle Obama were obviously disappointed with the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, they did everything they could to help Donald Trump prepare for his presidency during that lame duck period — and that included matters pertaining to intelligence and national security. But it wasn’t easy. According to a new report from the CIA’s Center for the Study of Intelligence, the intel community “struggled” to brief Trump during the late 2016/ early 2017 transition from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration. CNN’s Katie Bo Lillis reports, “Although Trump spent substantial time with briefers on a routine basis throughout the transition period, his free-wheeling style and deep mistrust of the intelligence community presented them with ‘greater challenges’ even than President-elect Richard Nixon, who blamed the CIA for his election loss in 1960 and cut the agency out as president, the history found. The 40-page narrative — a regular update to a CIA book on briefing presidents-elect written by a retired intelligence officer — offers only a few new details but confirms widely reported press accounts of the...
    From The Jetsons to Harry Potter, flying taxis are a staple feature of many science fiction blockbusters. But the futuristic vehicles are inching closer to becoming a reality, and could even be used to shuttle sports fans across Paris during the 2024 Olympic Games. French officials have announced that Paris will begin testing electric air taxis at a test sight just outside Paris. The ultimate goal is to create at least two flights paths to ease congestion during the summer games, according to the officials. French officials have announced that Paris will begin testing electric air taxis at a test sight just outside Paris Paris' flying taxi routesOverall, the aim is to have two routes available for sports fans during the 2024 Olympic Games:  Paris-Issy-les-Moulineaux heliport to Saint-Cyr airfield Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Le Bourget airports and Paris city, on a site to be determined  The Pontoise test site is located at the Cormeilles-en-Vexin airfield and will see approximately 30 manufacturers carry out tests. Augustin de Romanet, CEO of Aéroports de Paris, said: 'Our Pontoise airfield brings together a unique...
    (CNN)Federal health officials are bracing for the first cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant to be detected in the US and say there are likely far more cases worldwide than is currently known. Officials briefed President Joe Biden for approximately 45 minutes Sunday on the new variant, with a heavy dose of caution about what's still unknown. Biden on Monday will provide a public update following a third briefing on the Omicron variant and plans to tell the American people directly what the government does and doesn't know, according to a person familiar with the remarks. Biden's speech will be more of a reassurance not to panic as scientists evaluate the threat than a specific update on the variant itself. He's expected to push Americans to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and promote booster shots for those who are already full vaccinated.Biden's team told him it will likely take one to two weeks to know more about the variant, including whether antibodies handle it effectively. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently sequencing coronavirus genomes and working...
    PHILADELPHIA -- US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus "is assessed as very high," the WHO said in a technical brief Monday.Experts are now racing to determine whether Omicron's mutations make it more transmissible, more severe and potentially more resistant to vaccines, but it could be weeks before we have answers.In the meantime, US travel restrictions on flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi went into effect overnight. The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in multiple countries.So far, no cases have been confirmed on US soil, but the variant has been detected over the border in Canada and experts say it will likely pop up in the US soon.With much about Omicron still unknown, officials say vaccinations and boosters remain the...
    (CNN)US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus "is assessed as very high," the WHO said in a technical brief Monday. Experts are now racing to determine whether Omicron's mutations make it more transmissible, more severe and potentially more resistant to vaccines, but it could be weeks before we have answers. Omicron is reminder that the virus is still in control, medical professor saysIn the meantime, US travel restrictions on flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi went into effect overnight. The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in multiple countries. So far, no cases have been confirmed on US soil, but the variant has been detected over the border in Canada and experts say it will likely pop up in the US...
    The case of Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted in the 2020 murders of two men amid chaos on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is ominous for the peaceful resolution of political disagreements. The sense of menace arises less from the utterly misguided 17-year-old shooter, or his complete escape from justice, than from the celebration by Republicans and "conservatives" of Rittenhouse and even of the killings he perpetrated. This telling moment heightens the feeling of apprehension provoked by recurring threats and incidents of actual violence emanating from the far right and then justified, usually with indignant enthusiasm, by Republican elected officials at the highest level. The anger and hatred that have long simmered within that party are rapidly devolving into homicidal rage. Consider the matter of Rep. Paul Gosar R-AR), who posted a video that depicted him murdering his colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attempting to kill President Joe Biden with swords. Gosar's fantasy bloodbath resulted in his censure. (This offensive cartoon wasn't even original, ripping off an identical 2016 meme that showed "Donald Trump" attacking "Hillary Clinton.") While Gosar's own siblings...
    (CNN)Mary Johnson was on her way to a friend's home in Oso, Washington, the day before Thanksgiving, but she never made it. A year later, her disappearance remains a mystery.Johnson, then 39 years old and an enrolled citizen of the Tulalip Tribes, was last seen on the reservation on November 25, 2020. Even though family members have posted flyers, put up a billboard on a local interstate, and a reward for information was offered by the FBI, Johnson, like many other missing Indigenous women in the United States, has not been found."At this point, we're information-driven, any information we get is followed up on, but leads are harder and harder to find as we get further along," said Wayne Schakel, a detective sergeant with the Tulalip Tribal Police Department.For years, families and activists have demanded that authorities direct more attention and resources to cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous women, arguing their cases are often overlooked or dismissed. Federal and state officials have recently publicly acknowledged that there is a "crisis of violence" against Native Americans, and have launched efforts to address...
    LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian authorities were unveiling Thursday a renovated ancient promenade in the city of Luxor dating back 3,000 years, the latest government project undertaken to highlight the country’s archaeological treasures. Egypt has struggled to revive its tourism industry, battered by years of political turmoil following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak, and more lately, the coronavirus pandemic. The ancient walkway — known as the Avenue of the Sphinxes, but also dubbed the Way of the Rams and the Path of the Gods — connects the famous Karnak and Luxor temples in what was the city of Thebes, which used to be Egypt’s capital in antiquity. It is believed to have been the path that pilgrims trod to visit the temples and pay tribute to their deities. Lined with statues of rams and sphinxes on pedestals, the ancient road in Luxor, which sits on the banks of the Nile River and is located about 650 kilometers (400 miles) south of Cairo, stretches for several miles and had been under excavation for more...
    Former D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams addressed the issue of cash bail on Wednesday and said too many violent criminals are being allowed back on the streets. America’s Newsroom host Dana Perino quoted a letter from the House Oversight Committee to New York district attorneys that read in part, “We have grave concerns that excessive bail amounts are leading to unnecessary pretrial detention and contributing to a humanitarian crisis in New York City’s jail system, particularly on Rikers Island.” She then cited instances where people committed violent crimes while being out on bail. The issue has been in the news lately, particularly after a man in Wisconsin out on bail rammed his vehicle into people during a parade, killing six and injuring dozens. “It’s like we should just open the jail cells and let any and everybody out,” Williams said. “That’s ridiculous. We have violent criminals out here who are killing people, who are harming and maiming and injuring citizens in this country. You know, if you want to look at bail reform and you want to look at non-violent...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Public Works officials say Thanksgiving is the worst time of year for sewer blockages as fats, oils, and greases (FOG) make their way down the drain. “It’s that fat that comes off that food. You got that turkey juices. You got that fried chicken,” Baltimore City DPW Superintendent Ronald McNair said. “Please, do us a favor. Put (FOG) in the trash can.” READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Shot In The Head In West BaltimoreMcNair said “FOG” is to blame for small blockages and big ones, like the 2017 “Fatberg” in a midtown sewer line on Charles Street. The plug of grease caused a dry-weather 1.2 million gallon sewage overflow into the nearby Jones Falls. READ MORE: Experts Expect BWI To Be Busy Over Thanksgiving Holiday“Grease, baby wipes, hard paper towels will build up over time,” DPW Heavy Equipment Operator Cornelius Curry said. “People will—they’ll swear on a stack of bibles, ‘I don’t put no grease down there!’” Curry, a 20-year DPW veteran, showed WJZ Wednesday how he and other crews perform routine maintenance on an eight-inch main line...
    Joshua Roberts / Getty Images Some Republicans aren’t happy about the RNC paying former President Donald Trump’s legal bills. The Republican National Committee has paid over $120,000 to a lawyer representing Trump in the ongoing New York investigations into his finances. The news was broken by The Washington Post on Monday. The RNC defended the payments in a statement saying, “As a leader of our party, defending President Trump and his record of achievement is critical to the GOP. It is entirely appropriate for the RNC to continue assisting in fighting back against the Democrats’ never-ending witch hunt and attacks on him.” However, according to CNN, there is some frustration among GOP officials that the party is paying money to cover the legal bills of a billionaire former president of the United States. Some RNC members and donors accused the party of running afoul of its own neutrality rules and misplacing its priorities. Some of these same officials who spoke to CNN also questioned why the party would foot the legal bills of a self-professed billionaire who was sitting on...
    By Fabian Hisbok Posted on 23 Nov 21 17:50 p.m. Occitanie News See my news Follow this medium Staff set up tents in front of the province of Rhodes. (© Pascal Mazet) Unbearable Countdown Proceed Sam’s staff. The Vivis Foundry (Aviron) In recent weeks Toulouse has been forced to suspend forced liquidation by a commercial court or by decisions of potential buyers. Its future is now in the hands of Renault, Its almost personal client. The acquisition offer must be finalized by Wednesday, December 24 for the automaker Patrick Belliti. On Monday, November 22, the staff quit their jobs Blocked their factory. Some went on Tuesday, November 23rd In front of the Renault campus in Toulouse. But many were mostly established In front of the province of Rhodes. Waiting for night Elected officials, etc. Regional Councilor Pascal Mazet, Departmental Councilor Christian Tieulié or Viviez Mayor Jean-Louis Denoit backed them. Such as Bosch employees, Another threatened company in Onet-le-Château. Their rally slogan has blossomed everywhere on the backs or posters. Until a while ago “I’m Sam” The title of an...
    (CNN)A daughter of slain Black civil rights activist Malcolm X, Malikah Shabazz, died Monday, the New York Police Department told CNN.Shabazz, 56, was found unconscious by her daughter at her home in Brooklyn, according to the NYPD.Police said the death appears to be due to natural causes at this time. Bernice King, a daughter of the late Martin Luther King Jr., offered her condolences."I'm deeply saddened by the death of #MalikahShabazz. My heart goes out to her family, the descendants of Dr. Betty Shabazz and Malcolm X. Dr. Shabazz was pregnant with Malikah and her twin sister, Malaak, when Brother Malcolm was assassinated. Be at peace, Malikah," King said on Twitter.Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X exoneratedRead MoreShabazz is the youngest of Malcolm X's six daughters.CNN has reached out to the medical examiner's office and to the Shabazz family.Last Thursday, two men convicted of the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X were exonerated during a court hearing. New York County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Ellen Biben granted the motion to vacate the convictions of Muhammad A. Aziz and the late...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning that the U.S. will experience a flu season this year. Most states are reporting low or minimal flu activity and not very many cases have been reported to date.  During the 2020-21 season, there were very few infections reported in the country due to strict lockdowns, widespread mask-wearing, school and business closures and social distancing measures in place. But with fewer children vaccinated against influenza compared to last year and outbreaks already seen on college campuses, federal officials told CNN that there will be a flu season, even if not as bad as past seasons. CDC officials are warning there will be a flu season this year because vaccination rates are lagging compared to last year and there have been outbreaks on college campuses (file image) The CDC's weekly influenza report finds that 0.7% of all tests this week have been confirmed to be the flu and cases are slowing rising 'Overall flu activity is still really low. It's starting to creep up just a little bit,' Lynnette Brammer, lead...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Health officials in Connecticut are issuing a warning about fentanyl-laced marijuana which is being eyed in a rash of overdoses throughout the state. Since July, 39 overdoses requiring the use of naloxone for revival have been reported. In each of the cases, the person involved said they had only smoked marijuana, but officials said they exhibited opioid symptoms. READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate Takes Effect For TSA Workers, As Thanksgiving Rush BeginsA cluster of cases was reported in October in Plymouth, though officials say incidents have been dispersed across the state. A lab test of some of the marijuana used in one of the Plymouth cases confirmed the presence of fentanyl, a potent and potentially deadly opioid. READ MORE: Assembly Probe Finds 'Overwhelming Evidence' Of Sexual Harassment By Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo“This is the first lab-confirmed case of marijuana with fentanyl in Connecticut and possibly the first confirmed case in the United States,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani. MORE NEWS: Hazmat Situation Reported At Venetian Care & Rehabilitation Center In South Amboy,...
    A hypersonic weapon test carried out by China in July featured a missile fired at five times the speed of sound - a technological feat which no other country has demonstrated, according to US intelligence.   The hypersonic glide vehicle - a spacecraft with the ability to carry a nuclear warhead - fired a missile mid-flight over the South China Sea, catching Pentagon scientists unawares. Experts at Darpa - the Pentagon's advanced research agency - are apparently still baffled at how China was able to defy the constraints of physics to fire a weapon from the vehicle travelling at hypersonic speed, the Financial Times reports. Analysts are also attempting to piece together the purpose of the missile, which was fired with no obvious target before landing into the sea.  China is thought to have carried out two tests of a hypersonic orbital nuke - the first on July 27 and the second on August 13 this year Both Russia and the US have explored hypersonic weapons in recent years, but experts say China's firing of countermeasures is proof that Beijing's technology...
    Colorado is dropping references to "sex offenders" from its vocabulary due to the title's negative connotations. The Colorado Sex Offender Management Board voted Friday to no longer recognize the term "sex offender" in its proposals. The board, which handles the development and evaluation of rules for rehabilitating and monitoring those labeled sex offenders, voted 10-6 to remove the term from its material, instead referring to sex offenders as "adults who commit sexual offenses." This linguistic shift is based on the notion of "person-first " terminology, which theoretically is designed to center terminology on people instead of descriptors. FAUCI WALKS BACK REDEFINITION OF 'FULLY VACCINATED' THAT REQUIRES BOOSTER SHOTS Proponents of the change did so based on the notion that labeling an individual a sex offender creates a public perception that they are a threat to public safety, regardless of their current state. Proponents also claim the change would help reduce recidivism and minimize the chances of repeat offenses. However, many do not see the change as a net positive. The phrase "'Adults who...
    A TSA security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, 2016David Goldman/AP Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter. A gunshot rang out at a security checkpoint on Saturday at Atlanta’s international airport, sending travelers into a panic and temporarily grounding flights the weekend before Thanksgiving. The weapon was discharged at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Saturday afternoon, after an X-ray screening detected a “prohibited item” in a male passenger’s bag. When TSA officials tried to search the bag, the man reached for the gun inside, and it fired. Airport officials described the single gunshot as accidental and said nobody was struck, but the incident sparked a panic among surrounding travelers, many of whom dropped to the floor or began running for safety, leading to some minor injuries. The man with the gun, who has a felony record, fled the scene with his weapon. Authorities began searching for him but said it was not an active-shooter situation. An unintentional gun discharge in the Atlanta airport caused mass panic today among...
              moreby John Fund and Hans von Spakovsky   Rahm Emanuel, the former mayor of Chicago and chief of staff for President Barack Obama, famously said in 2008 that you should never let “a serious crisis go to waste” because it is “an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before.” Liberals in 2020 took Emanuel’s political tenet to heart and used the COVID-19 pandemic to try to implement through litigation and executive actions by state government officials the reckless changes in voting and election procedures that they had been wanting for years. That effort involved voiding basic security protocols on election procedures, including absentee ballots, and pushing for the equivalent of all-mail elections, which would give their activists a free hand in pressuring, coercing, and influencing voters in their homes in ways they are unable to do in polling places. To force these changes, they ended up filing more election-related lawsuits than had ever been filed in an election year in U.S. history. The prior record was almost 200 lawsuits before and after the 2000 election...
              moreby Kaylee Greenlee   New migrant campsites have sprung up around Mexico throughout 2021 as migrants have grown uncertain of whether they’ll be able to remain in the U.S., the Associated Press reported Thursday. Camps are full of migrants, including many children and those who can’t apply for asylum in the U.S. because of Title 42 restrictions, who have to wait in Mexico as their cases proceed through U.S. immigration courts, according to the AP. Title 42 is a Trump-era public health order implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that prevents some migrants from remaining in the U.S. while seeking asylum and allows border officials to rapidly expel most migrants from the country. Hundreds of Mexican law enforcement officials raided an encampment in Tijuana and required migrants to register for credentials or evacuate the area on Oct. 28, the AP reported. The migrants who registered and stayed were soon surrounded by a mile of chain-link fence. The Biden administration announced the closure of an unhealthy migrant camp in Matamoros, Mexico, that first lady Jill Biden visited in 2019, the AP reported. However, shortly after the one...
    HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Health officials in Connecticut are issuing a warning about fentanyl-laced marijuana which is being eyed in a rash of overdoses throughout the state. Since July, 39 overdoses requiring the use of naloxone for revival have been reported. In each of the cases, the person involved said they had only smoked marijuana, but officials said they exhibited opioid symptoms. READ MORE: Celebrities Flock To Harlem For Soul Train Awards At Apollo TheaterA cluster of cases was reported in October in Plymouth, though officials say incidents have been dispersed across the state. A lab test of some of the marijuana used in one of the Plymouth cases confirmed the presence of fentanyl, a potent and potentially deadly opioid. READ MORE: Students Create New Street Mural In East New York“This is the first lab-confirmed case of marijuana with fentanyl in Connecticut and possibly the first confirmed case in the United States,” said Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Manisha Juthani. MORE NEWS: New York Landmarks Lit In Pink, White & Blue To Honor Transgender Day Of RemembranceEditor’s note: This...
    Donald Trump's White House trade advisor Peter Navarro attacked his old colleague Steve Mnuchin as the 'Neville Chamberlain' of the Trump administration in a Tuesday evening interview.  Navarro appeared on Newsmax last night where he discussed US relations with China in front of a screen displaying a photo of Trump shaking hands with China Vice Premier Liu He and surrounded by his economic team. He accused Mnuchin of 'setting up' the meeting - which was barely over a week before the city of Wuhan was locked down over spiraling COVID-19 cases that hadn't yet impacted the globe.   'This is January 15, 2020,' the trade advisor said while gesturing to the photo. 'Now keep in mind that every one of these Chinese guys know that there's a Wuhan virus hot on the loose and they may infected,' Navarro wildly claimed.  He commented on how close they were positioned to White House officials in the photo. 'This guy's the ambassador to China - he was known affectionately inside the White House as the guy who gave a panda bear to congressman that...
    A Maryland resident has tested positive for the rare virus monkeypox after a recent trip to Nigeria. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) says the patient has not been hospitalized and is currently recovering in isolation with mild symptoms.  No details are available regarding the resident's name, age, sex, where he or she lives, and where he or she traveled to in Nigeria. Currently, health officials say that the general public does not need to take any special precautions.  A Maryland resident traveling back to the United States from Nigeria has been confirmed to be infected with monkeypox. Pictured: Skin lesions, which are are a common symptom of monkeypox The unnamed resident is currently recovering in isolation with mild symptoms and has not been hospitalized. The virus can cause skin spots, which then turn to blisters and can take weeks to clear up (above) 'Public health authorities have identified and continue to follow up with those who may have been in contact with the diagnosed individual,' Dr Jinlene Chan, deputy secretary for public health at MDH, said in a statement.  'Our...
    GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 14: Head Coach Pete Carroll speaks with officials during the first quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) NFL officials don’t do themselves any favors, making similar mistakes on a weekly basis. Roughing the passer was a familiar theme in Week 10. The league emphasizes roughing the passer, as quarterbacks make the NFL world turn. Without keeping said passers upright, scoring would be down, and defense would instead reign supreme. Roger Goodell cannot have that. The league’s popularity has exploded in recent years, and for good reason — scoring has increased seemingly every season, and with it passing records fall. Now with an extra regular-season game in hand, the great quarterbacks of old will be just another footnote in the NFL’s glorious history while the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers continue to down their records with relative ease. What is roughing the passer in the NFL?Forgive me for including similar information in my last few editions of this...
    ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. health officials: For the first time, an estimated 100,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in one year. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    THE UK is fighting an epidemic of hack attacks targeting consumers and businesses, according to officials. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said Wednesday that it combatted a record number of cyber incidents in the UK over the last year. 2Hack attacks are on the rise in the UK, according to cyber security officialsCredit: Alamy Russian Ransomware attacks – which lock a PC network's files up until a fee is paid in Bitcoin – dominated its activities. Many targeted Covid-19 research and vaccines, the NCSC's latest annual review has revealed. The cybersecurity agency, which is part of GCHQ, said it had helped mitigate 777 incidents between September 2020 and the end of August this year. Around 20 per cent were aimed at organisations linked to the health sector and vaccines. The organisation said the growth in reported incidents was partly down to its work to proactively identify cyber threats. However, it had also had to respond to a rise in cyber attacks, particularly ransomware. Most read in TechFACE PALM Warning as Facebook 'is STILL tracking teens for advertising'PICTURE PERFECT Google...
    WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Jonathan Conder, a corporate lawyer, Pictech critic and the country’s top hopeful leader, in a recent move to reduce the power of the Silicon Valley giants. With 68-29 votes, Mr Conder’s approval as head of the no-confidence division of the judiciary held a key position in the Biden administration. The White House has made it clear that it wants to restrict the integration of American companies, especially between powerful technology companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Its confirmation will go to President Biden for final approval. As a lawyer representing competitors such as Microsoft, Uber, Yelp and News Corp., Mr. Cantor has been battling with Google and other technology companies for years. He has joined Silicon Valley critics in government roles, including Lina Khan, the head of the Federal Trade Commission, who is best known for writing a law school essay advocating a hopeless doctrine against the Amazon. The two hopeless executives will jointly file historic lawsuits against Google and Facebook. Given his record of representing rival companies, it is...
    AZEEM RAFIQ named nine cricket players and officials during a racism hearing in front of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee. The former Yorkshire all-rounder fought back tears at some points as he recounted several horrendous ordeals. 10Azeem Rafiq named nine cricket players and officials during the racism hearing in front of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport CommitteeCredit: AFP Rafiq provided evidence to MPs after a report concluded he was a victim of 'racial harassment and bullying' - however, Yorkshire said they would not discipline anyone. Yorkshire's former and current chairmen, Roger Hutton and Lord Patel, and ECB representatives including chief executive Tom Harrison also spoke at the hearing. At one point, the 30-year-old welled up as he recalled the 'inhuman' treatment by Yorkshire CCC after his unborn child died. But Rafiq also named nine well-known cricket faces when asked about what he went through, and here is what he said. Michael Vaughan (former England captain) Vaughan denies he said to four players of Asian heritage before a game against Notts in 2009: “There are too many of...
    The bird flu has made a return, cropping up around Europe and Asia in recent weeks. Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again.  The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert, hoping to control the spread. An outbreak among poultry could lead to millions of bird needing to be culled, which would prove to be a financial nightmare for the industry.  The avian flu, or 'bird flu' as it is often referred to, has been discovered across Asia and Europe, including in China, Japan, South Korea, Belgium, France and the Netherlands in recent months. Pictured: Indian health care workers cull infected ducks on January 5 Birds that are infected with the bird flu must be culled to control spread of the virus. The bird flu often breaks out during the fall months as birds begin to migrate across the world due to the cold...
    New York City officials have unanimously agreed on a new home for a statue of Thomas Jefferson that they voted in favor of removing from City Hall after over 100 years because some workers said that the slave-owning former president makes them feel 'uncomfortable.' The Public Design Commission voted to remove the statue before the end of the year during a lengthy hearing late last month, although they could not agree on a new location at the time. This Monday, the commission approved plans to relocate it to the New York Historical Society.  The statue will be placed in its lobby gallery for six months before being relocated to the museum's reading room for the duration of the 10-year loan agreement, both areas of which are free for public viewing, according to the New York Times. Louise Mirrer, the historical society's president and chief executive, told the news outlet that the statue will be displayed starting in April and it will coincide with an exhibition looking at the 'principal contradiction of our founding ideals.' New York City officials have unanimously agreed to relocate...
     Presented by Facebook  To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfw  To receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN   --> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.* *Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.   NEWS THIS MORNING Steve Bannon isn’t budging:   via GIPHY   President TrumpDonald TrumpStoltenberg says Jan. 6 siege was attack on 'core values of NATO' Christie says only regret about Trump debate prep is catching COVID Woman who trespassed at Trump's Mar-a-Lago deported to China MORE’s former strategist Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonStoltenberg says Jan. 6 siege was attack on 'core values of NATO' Meadows comes under growing Jan. 6 panel spotlight Sunday shows - Biden officials craft inflation message MORE turned himself in to law enforcement this morning after being indicted by a federal grand jury for ignoring his congressional subpoena. https://bit.ly/31TGZsE  The two charges Bannon faces: “One for failing to appear for an Oct. 14 deposition before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on...
    As a senior at Stanford, Michael Tubbs undertook a most unusual extracurricular activity: Tubbs, the child of a teenage mother and an incarcerated father, decided to run for office, not for a student council position, but for the city council in his hometown of Stockton. He won, too, becoming one of the country’s youngest elected officials. Four years later, Tubbs, still just 26, was elected Stockton’s mayor. Along with a high profile that led to an HBO documentary, his goals were ambitious and idealistic: He started programs for guaranteed income and college scholarships and advocated for other systemic changes. This sparked pushback, which Tubbs says was fueled by racism and a disinformation campaign on social media, that led to his loss in his re-election campaign last year.  Now Tubbs has written “The Deeper The Roots,” which is both a personal memoir and a book of his policy beliefs. He spoke about politics and writing recently via Zoom. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q. The obvious first question for anyone with a political memoir is, What office...
              moreby Jennie Taer   The directive for Drug Enforcement Administration officials to not use the term “Mexican cartel” came directly from the Biden administration to ease relations with the Mexican government, two recently retired DEA officials told the Daily Caller News Foundation. The DCNF exclusively obtained an email in August that instructed DEA officials to “now avoid saying ‘Mexican cartel’” when speaking with the media. The email was sent as drugs continued to surge across the U.S.-Mexico border. One recently-retired DEA official told the DCNF that when the new administration came in, the Department of Justice (DOJ) required DEA to submit news interview requests for approval. The retired official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the DOJ declined many of the national news requests on top of the language guidance, but eventually eased up and allowed some to do local interviews where he used the term “Mexican drug cartel” and called each by its name. “They didn’t want us to say Mexican cartels,” the retired official said. “I think they wanted just to say transnational criminal organizations because I don’t think they wanted to...
    By: Erika Stanish FREEPORT, Pa. (KDKA) – Pennsylvania State Police are answering calls in Freeport until further notice after the town’s new police chief quit after one day on the job. READ MORE: At Least One Person Shot, One Person In Custody In Shooting At Upper Burrell BarHe was the only member of the department and according to borough officials, they currently have no full-time police officers. “It’s frustrating to not know what’s happening in your area,” Lauren Edinger, owner of Lucy’s Riverside Café. Edinger told KDKA local residents are just learning of the news. “I feel that it’s crazy that that happened on the 2nd and we’re just now finding out about that on 13th,” Edinger said. Freeport Borough officials told KDKA Saturday that retired Plum Police Sgt. Matthew Feldmeier was hired as the new police chief on Nov. 1. Election Day was his first day on the job. He resigned after that shift, leaving a resignation letter and his badge behind. Borough officials said they have yet to learn why he suddenly resigned. “I believe that we have...
              more   Members of the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) have announced their priorities for the 2022 session of the Georgia General Assembly. The GDOE, among other things, wants Georgia students to focus more on civics and to give parents more power to decide what’s best for their children’s health. This, according to a press release that GDOE officials emailed this month. GDOE officials said in the press release that they want to “strengthen civics education and students’ understanding of American government and our nation’s history.” They also want to provide what they call affordable and high-speed internet to all Georgia families and more resources for students with disabilities. Other listed GDOE priorities for the 2022 legislative session include: • Promote strategies that encourage informed decision-making to ensure the health and safety of students and educators • Promote strategies that recognize the authority of families to make health-related decisions for their children and employees to make health-related decisions for themselves • Foster unity among students, educators, parents, and communities around the common educational challenges facing students by protecting them against...
    Despite having the highest vaccination rate in the country, Vermont has been dealing with a dramatic increase of COVID-19 cases. Infections have risen by 55 percent over the last two weeks to an average of about 300 per day, according to a recent report from the state's Department of Financial Regulation. Yet 80.9 percent of the state's total population has had at least one dose - second only to Massachusetts - and 71.8 percent are fully vaccinated, higher than anywhere else, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). So why is The Green Mountain State facing its worst Covid surge? Experts say there are a few reasons for this including low vaccination rates among younger people, college students gathering unmasked for Halloween parties, and not enough residents with natural immunity.  Vermont is the most vaccinated state in the nation with 80.9% of the population with one dose and 71.8% fully vaccinated but cases are surging (file image) A new report finds that Covid cases have risen 55% over the last two weeks to an average...