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    CHICAGO (CBS) — There have been no cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Illinois, but health experts believe it’s just a matter of time. They have doubled the number of tests for the Omicron but say the current cases are still alarmingly high. READ MORE: Chaos In The Loop Leads To Shooting, Beatings; 21 Young People ArrestedDr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, made those statements at an event encouraging vaccinations for children. READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Monday Brings Wind, Blast Of Cold AirThe city is keeping a close eye on the schools, but so far there are no plans to go back to remote learning. The vast majority of the new cases are in people who are unvaccinated. MORE NEWS: Multiple Juveniles Arrested During Large Gathering, Fights Near Millennium ParkHealth experts say getting vaccinated — and boosted if eligible — remains the best way to prevent severe illness from COVID-19.
    After two brothers spent hours telling a jury how Jussie Smollett paid them to carry out a fake racist and anti-gay attack on himself in downtown Chicago, the big question when the actor's trial resumes Monday will be whether or not he will tell his side of the story. Attorneys rarely announce whether or not their clients will take the stand before they actually call them to testify, and Smollett's attorneys have not made their plans public. The reasons why Smollett might want to testify begin with just how bizarre the case is. During the trial that started last Monday, what emerged was the story of a television star who cast two brothers as his attackers, gave them dialogue to recite, and paid for the rope he told them to fashion into a noose and loop around his neck. As strange as that sounds, it is the only narrative that has come to the jury from the siblings, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo. And some legal experts say the only chance Smollett has of beating charges that he lied to the...
              moreby Sebastian Hughes   Several international organizations have demanded verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s safety, but experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that obtaining such evidence from the Chinese government is practically impossible. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,” Gordon G. Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told the DCNF. Peng  disappeared from public life after posting an accusation of sexual assault against former top Chinese official Zhang Gaoli. Though she has since reemerged, concern remains over her well-being. “I think probably, at this point, the endgame is that she’s allowed to leave the country,” Kelley Eckels Currie, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, told the DCNF. However, she said the probability of that happening was unlikely, and even if she did escape, “as long as she has family in the country, they’ll be able to … threaten her.” Currie said that Peng was unlikely to be harmed, but emphasized she was likely facing “intense psychological pressure” because the Chinese government would have made clear how...
    GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – With more abnormally warm and dry weather in the forecast for Colorado’s Front Range, plant experts are urging people to water their trees, shrubs, and lawns. “If roots don’t get moisture, they die and then they can’t support the plants the next spring,” said Mari Hackbarth the Plant Diagnostic Clinic Coordinator at the Jeffco Extension Office. READ MORE: Booking Booster Shots Proves Challenging For Some Coloradans (credit: CBS) “Everybody should be out watering tomorrow. Early in the day, you want time for the water to soak in before it cools down at sundown,” said Hackbarth. The Colorado State Extension Office created a tip sheet for winter watering. When a few weeks pass without any natural moisture, experts say it is time to put at least a few gallons of water into your vegetation. READ MORE: Denver Police Prepare To Protect The More Than 100,000 People Expected Downtown For Parade Of Lights“Most of these plants are dormant so it’s easy to think they’re not doing anything, but they’re still existing. They’re just in a slow-down state and...
    Despite numerous international organizations demanding verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s well-being, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation her safety will always be at risk. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,” Gordon G. Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told the DCNF. “As long as she has family in the country, they’ll be able to … threaten her,” Kelley Eckels Currie, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, told the DCNF. “A lot of them seek to tear apart families limb by limb because they really recognize that family is a fundamental building block of society,” Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation, told the DCNF of the Chinese government’s tactics. Several international organizations have demanded verifiable proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s safety, but experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that obtaining such evidence from the Chinese government is practically impossible. “Until the communist regime falls, Peng is probably going to remain under custody in China,”...
    Alec Baldwin did himself no favors with his recent tell-all interview about the "Rust" shooting tragedy, according to crisis mitigation experts. On Thursday, the "30 Rock" actor vehemently denied ever "pulling the trigger" of the revolver that fired a live projectile into cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, killing her, while also striking director Joel Souza and wounding the filmmaker in the process. "I let go of the hammer of the gun," Baldwin recounted to ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "And the gun goes off." Baldwin and Hutchins had been setting up for a shot where the actor was supposed to draw the gun and point it at the camera. While standing next to the camera, the cinematographer was "guiding" Baldwin on where to point the gun, he said.  "The gun wasn't meant to be fired in that angle," he confirmed. ALEC BALDWIN’S INTERVIEW FOLLOWING ‘RUST’ SHOOTING ‘WAS A MISTAKE,’ LEGAL EXPERTS SAY: IT 'MAY BACKFIRE' Alec Baldwin speaks out in first TV interview since the tragic shooting on the set of ‘Rust’ in which a revolver he was holding discharged, killing the film's cinematographer,...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. Most people facing serious criminal charges are reluctant to speak publicly before their case goes to court. Other defendants, those who feel the urge to fight back through the media, are usually convinced by their lawyers to keep quiet. Not Roy McGrath. Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr.’s former chief of staff, who was indicted in October on charges of misappropriating government funds and misconduct in office, has given interviews to the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun — and has written two op-ed columns in his own defense. McGrath served as chief of staff for only three months. He stepped down in August 2020, just days after the Baltimore Sun reported that he convinced his previous employer, the Maryland Environmental Service, to award him a year’s salary — $233,647.23 — as severance pay. Although he left MES of his own accord to join the administration, at an identical salary, McGrath maintained that the payout was both customary agency practice...
    Legal experts believe Alec Baldwin should have given his televised interview a second thought before speaking out. On Thursday night, the actor gave his first sit-down since the Oct. 21 shooting on the set of the Western film "Rust." The 63-year-old told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he did not pull the trigger on a prop gun he was holding on a New Mexico film set when it went off, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Authorities have said Baldwin was told the gun was safe to handle but continue to investigate how a live round ended up in the weapon. Rachel Fiset, the managing partner of Los Angeles-based Zweiback, Fiset & Coleman, told Fox News that while Baldwin felt it was necessary to speak out following the tragedy in a public format, his comments about the active investigation could potentially be used against him. ALEC BALDWIN 'RUST' SHOOTING INTERVIEW: FIVE MOST SHOCKING REVELATIONS This image released by ABC News shows actor-producer Alec Baldwin, left, during an interview with ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. The hour-long interview about the fatal shooting...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The president’s announcement to release millions of gallons of oil from the country’s reserves is already driving down some gas prices nationally, but Pittsburghers are still paying about the same $3.55 as they were a couple of weeks ago. “Consumers can probably expect gas prices to be cheaper in the next coming weeks and next couple of months barring any outlying factors,” said Jim Garrity, AAA East Central spokesperson. READ MORE: PennDOT Asking For Public Input Ahead Of Bridge Work In Westmoreland CountyPart of the issue has been supply and demand. As the number of drivers increases, gas stations have to fill up more. Although the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has just been found, oil providers are expecting less people to travel, which has already made an impact. “We started to see crude oil prices come down when it was announced that the Biden administration would tap into oil reserves,” said Garrity. “Then we saw crude oil prices come down even further when concerns hit the market about the Omicron variant.” READ MORE: Man Being Charged After...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Recent studies show the U.S. has the highest pregnancy-related death rates of any developed country, and your race could put you at a greater risk. According to a 2021 March of Dimes Report Card, Maryland is scored as a “C-“ for its preterm birth grade. “In Maryland, the maternal mortality rate is about 14 deaths per 100,000,” said Mallory Mpare-Quarles, director of maternal child health at March of Dimes D.C. READ MORE: Charging Documents Say Evelyn Player Died Defending Herself, Police Found Suspect Through DNA“On what I thought was going to be the best day of my life, it turned out to be a nightmare and at the same time, we got a beautiful baby girl,” said Terrick Allen. Allen is still trying to cope with the sudden and unexpected death of the love of his life and mother of four of his children. “It was in a split second, my life changed just like that,” he said. Allen says Melonie Joyner was a healthy 37-year-old woman leading up to her fourth pregnancy. She died in October...
    Doctor wearing PPE looks on before a house-to-house coronavirus testing drive on July 21, 2020 in Lima, Peru.Raul Sifuentes | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON — As more cases of the new omicron Covid variant emerge around the world, experts say it's likely that the variant, first identified in South Africa last week, had already been circulating for some time. The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that at least 23 countries from five of the six WHO regions have now reported cases of omicron, "and we expect that number to grow."VIDEO3:1203:12Dr. Fauci: We will know more about the transmissibility in the next two weeksThe ExchangeThe U.S. then became the 24th country to confirm its first case of omicron. It was detected in a fully vaccinated person in California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Wednesday. A second U.S. case was identified in a Minnesota man who developed symptoms after returning from New York City where he attended a convention from Nov. 19-21, Minnesota health officials said Thursday. He was also fully vaccinated and has...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Stick with office reopening plans or push back timelines again? It's a dilemma many companies are continuing to face, after multiple delays due to COVID-19 mutations. Of course, the most recent being the omicron variant."I think almost anything that stimulates concern causes further delay," Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman told ABC7 News. "Because companies don't want to be in the position of putting their employees at risk."Wunderman said it's hard to imagine the omicron variant won't impact return-to-office goals the way delta did.RELATED: How omicron COVID-19 variant is changing holiday travel plansOn Thursday, Google confirmed it is now waiting until the new year to assess when office locations are ready for the transition back.January 10th had long-been the earliest date Google would've ended its voluntary work-from-home period and kicked off a new hybrid work week."This is going to trickle down to you know, most of the companies," San Jose State University professor and tech expert Ahmed Banafa said. "The problem with it is we are dealing with the unknown. We have no...
    (CNN) — Health experts are doubling down on pleas for all eligible Americans to get vaccinated — and boosted — against Covid-19 as the Omicron and Delta variants spread. Less than two weeks after Omicron was first identified by South African scientists, it’s already become the dominant variant in that country and has been identified in at least 20 nations. It’s too early to tell whether Omicron is more contagious than Delta, which is still the dominant variant in the US. But the Delta variant is already fueling another increase in Covid-19 hospitalizations in some states as the weather gets colder and people spend more time indoors. Despite several unknowns about the Omicron strain, doctors say booster shots are the best weapon against Omicron, Delta and even more variants down the road. Here’s why: Boosters have worked well against other new variants Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson are testing the efficacy of their vaccines against the Omicron strain, and it might be two weeks before the results are known. But Dr. Anthony Fauci said there’s plenty of reason to...
    The new Omicron COVID-19 variant has managed to dominate headlines and much of the American consciousness over the past week despite the strain not even having been detected in the U.S. yet.  The variant was first discovered last week in South Africa, and is believed to have originated in Botswana. It has more than 50 mutations, including more than 30 on its spike protein, leading some to believe it could be vaccine evasive.  Experts tell DailyMail.com that it is too early for Americans to worry about the variant just yet, though they should still take basic Covid precautions, mainly to protect themselves from the predominant Delta variant. An expert tells DailyMail.com that Americans do not have to worry much about the new Omicron Covid variant yet, but they should still take some precautions to protect themselves from the Delta strain. Pictured: A man wears a mask at an airport in Lisbon, Portugal, in front of a public health notice on November 30 'It's way too early to be worried,' Dr Chris Thompson, an immunologist at Loyola University Maryland told DailyMail.com. Thompson...
    Lauren Boebert continues to target Ilhan Omar with anti-Muslim comments. Republicans aren't stopping her. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is facing blowback for Islamophobic remarks targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who is Muslim. Experts say her words,  beyond being offensive stereotypes, have the potential to incite violence against the Muslim community. On Thanksgiving, video surfaced of Boebert telling a crowd about a purported elevator run-in she had with Omar. Boebert claimed she had assured a concerned Capitol Police officer who was rushing to protect her that there was nothing to worry about because Omar didn't "have a backpack," implying there was a threat that the Minnesota congress member might be carrying a bomb because she is Muslim. Boebert also bragged that she insulted Omar in the elevator by saying, "Oh, look, the jihad squad decided to show up for work today." Boebert tweeted an apology on the morning of Nov. 26, but then reportedly went on the offensive during a call with Omar on Monday, insisting that Omar "make a public apology...
    In this article FBVisitors look at an immersive art installation titled 'Machine Hallucinations Space: Metaverse' by Refik Anadol at the Digital Art Fair Asia in Hong Kong, Oct. 3, 2021.Lam Yik | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesWhen Facebook announced it had changed its company name to Meta, the virtual world known as the metaverse suddenly got a lot of attention. Meta is aiming to build a digital experience where multiple people can interact in a 3D environment with CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlining his plan to transition away from being a social network and becoming a metaverse company. No longer a place solely for geeks and gamers, some say metaverse worlds are set to go mainstream and will be the next evolution of the internet. Others say its just the latest corporate buzzword to get investors excited over some nebulous innovation. Regardless, brands and businesses are already looking to create immersive environments where people can work and play. Meta started testing its remote work app Horizon Workrooms in August, with people using the company's Oculus Quest 2 headsets to hold meetings using...
    Camille Tokerud Photography Inc. | Stone | Getty Images Your elderly mother is getting forgetful and confused. What do you do now? "Waiting until a senior's decline is evident may already be too late," said certified financial planner Ralph Bender, founder of Enduring Wealth Advisors in Temecula, California. When is the right time for adult children to address their parents' aging needs?More from Advisor Insight:Here's a look at other stories impacting the financial advisor business. Workers to get better idea of 401(k) retirement income Here are key financial considerations if you are remarrying Gender gap in pensions is real and needs to be fixed "You should be talking to them about it while they're still working because they're still competent and still able to fund [long-term care] and pay the premiums from income," he said. Some events that could trigger these conversations include a parent thinking about downsizing, claiming Social Security, going on a long cruise or finding out one of their friends is going into long-term care, Bender said.Ask the right questions"Ask questions to get a clear...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas Cowboys’ COVID outbreak is one of the biggest in the NFL this season. Public health experts say it shows that the pandemic is far from over. “Just makes you want to be cautious, because if they’re taking all the protocols and they’re having outbreaks, then we just have to step up our game even more,” said fan Tyler Simmons. READ MORE: AAA Texas Offers Tips For Safely Transporting That Perfect Christmas TreeSome Cowboys fans are concerned not only about how the head coach’s case of COVID will affect the team’s season, but also what it means about the continued spread of the virus. “It is a reminder that we still need to take precautions to protect those around us,” said Dr. Erin Carlson, director of graduate public health programs at UT Arlington. Case rates in Texas right now are much lower than they were at this time last year, but public health experts say there’s still a chance people got the virus during Thanksgiving celebrations or travel. “We do expect that there will be a...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- Dominating the headlines across the world is the latest variant of concern: the omicron. It's a variant first detected in South Africa last week.There are confirmed cases in more than a dozen countries but not in the U.S.That includes Santa Clara County where health officials say it's too early to sound the alarms locally."With every new twist and turn in this pandemic, including with the omicron variant, we'll do what we always do," Santa Clara County public health director Dr. Sara Cody said. "We'll learn about it, we follow the science and we'll adjust as needed."RELATED: All vaccinated adults should get COVID-19 booster shot because of omicron variant, CDC saysDespite the havoc the delta variant has caused the U.S., some fear the omicron could be worse because of the high-transmission rates of this virus and it's number of mutations.The delta variant had less than 20 mutations while the omicron has 50. These mutations allow the virus to attach to a host's cells easier and for longer periods of time.South Africa is facing more than 2,000...
    It’s been a little over a week since a career criminal plowed his red Ford Escape SUV through barricades and into the crowd at the Waukesha Christmas Parade, killing six people and injuring dozens.  The attack initially seemed like it would be the next major mainstream media storyline – but then Darrell Brooks Jr. was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and the press has largely lost interest. The tragedy hasn’t resulted in round-the-clock cable news discussion about Brooks’ troubled past or possible motives and mainstream investigative reporters don’t appear to be searching for clues.  "Left-leaning media outlets today want to frame every story through their predetermined narrative lenses. That's what is happening here with the reporting of the Waukesha Christmas parade story," DePauw University professor and media critic Jeffrey McCall told Fox News Digital.  Waukesha parade horror suspect Darrell Brooks Jr. has a long criminal history. (Waukesha PD) WAUKESHA PARADE SUSPECT DARRELL BROOKS FACING 5 COUNTS OF 1ST-DEGREE INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE, HELD ON $5M BAIL Brooks’ violent past stretches back to 1999, when he was accused and later...
    10'000 Hours | DigitalVision | Getty Images When Abigail Lee joined the skincare start-up, Ren, she was straight out of university and had just moved to London. Lee told CNBC that she was a fan of the brand having tried its products at a counter in upscale British store Harrods a few years previously. While studying, she sought an internship at Ren, which turned into a full-time role. As the firm was small, it was easy to make connections, Lee said. "You [didn't] have to wait to go to the water [cooler] to speak to somebody, it was just the culture that the two founders built … [a] family-type of culture, really, it breaks down those barriers." Soon, she had befriended a Spanish colleague, Eva, the firm's head of customer service, and the two became close. "She's 10 or 12 years older than me … and I would say I was much more serious about things. And she taught me how to laugh at myself." Although the two would occasionally clash in meetings, "[we'd] then get up and go to...
    EXPERTS are saying that the searches for extraterrestrial [ET] life are looking at the wrong signs.  When scientists engage in these searches, they often assume that biological life on other planets functions the same as Earth.  2It's possible that if ET life exists, it's completely different from what humans thinkCredit: Getty It’s this anthropocentrism, or “human-centered” point of view, that could be stopping us from eventually finding life outside our solar system. It’s the same as assuming that intelligent life on other planets would be similar to Earth because of humans. However, it’s possible that we haven’t interacted with aliens because their technology is much more advanced than ours. Earth is still a young planet compared to others so it could be likely like ET life has invented technology the same as we did. It’s possible that those inventions have exceeded us by a lot. Advanced ETs could have developed artificial intelligence or virtual worlds beyond our comprehension. SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak believes that if aliens are intelligent enough to seek out Earth “will probably have gone beyond biological...
    (CNN)The Omicron variant of Covid-19 is raising the concerns of health officials amid the busy holiday travel season, but there is no need to panic just yet as the potential impact of the newly detected strain remains unknown, experts say. "Any time we've seen a new variant, it's already spread around the world. So the fact that Omicron is in multiple countries in Europe, in the US, is not necessarily an ominous sign. And I think that's a key point to keep in mind," Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN's Jim Acosta Saturday. "And also remember we've not seen any evidence that Omicron produces more severe disease than any of the other variants."The Omicron variant, which was first identified in South Africa, was deemed a variant of concern by the World Health Organization Friday -- sounding a heightened alarm globally over the state of the coronavirus pandemic, which has spanned nearly two years. World is put on high alert over the Omicron coronavirus variantIn response, many countries,...
    (CNN)As a new Omicron variant spurs global travel bans, experts said that concerns over its impact should spur the millions of unvaccinated Americans to get their Covid-19 shots -- and for those who are eligible to get boosters -- as it will offer at least a degree of protection."I would hope that within the next week or two weeks, so many of those people will take advantage of the vaccine," Dr. William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Friday. "That will help us in the immediate term. And I would anticipate that, as bad as Omicron might be, our vaccine still will be partially effective."Dr. Anthony Fauci echoed Schaffner's stance on vaccination and boosters as mitigation tools. "I'm saying this absolutely clearly that if ever there was a reason for unvaccinated people to get vaccinated and for those who have been vaccinated when your time comes up to go and get a booster shot," Fauci told NBC News' Lester Holt on Friday. "The booster shots give you a very, very important edge," he...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Canine influenza, also known as the dog flu, is spreading fast in Southern California and experts warn holiday reunions and boarding may lead to an even bigger increase in virus infection.Almost all dogs are susceptible to canine flu infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and virus infection tends to spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters, which isn't good as many pet owners kick off the holidays."There's currently an outbreak in Los Angeles that's bigger than the outbreak that happened in 2017," said Madeline Bernstein, the president of the spcaLA. "The theory right now is that because of the holidays and dogs going into daycare and boarding and flying, you know, maybe perhaps with other dogs coming for holiday things, it could definitely continue to spread pretty rapidly."Owner of the Shabby Dog in Sierra Madre Sandy Duvall told Eyewitness News she's witnessed the impact of a dog flu outbreak and said it's not something pet owners should take lightly.READ ALSO | Canine influenza outbreak cases double in one monthEMBED More News...
    (CBS Detroit) –– It’s hard to celebrate family this Thanksgiving without our furry friends. However, if you are sharing a meal with them, experts say to be mindful of what you feed them. READ MORE: Dollar Tree Raising Prices By 25%; Most Items Will Cost $1.25The American Kennel Club says foods like turkey skin and bones, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and ham can be harmful, especially in larger amounts. READ MORE: Detroit Tire Shop Hosting Free Community Coat DriveMeanwhile, turkey meat, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and apples without seeds are appropriate treats. Click here to view the full list. MORE NEWS: America's Thanksgiving Parade In Detroit To See Stepped-Up Security© 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    A rash of brazen nighttime organized retail thefts in several U.S. cities in which thieves have been seen ransacking stores and making off with handfuls of cheap and luxury merchandise is the culmination of a failure to prosecute criminals and the normalization of such behavior, according to experts.  The most recent incident occurred Monday when a mob of at least 20 people smashed windows with a sledgehammer at a Nordstrom department store at The Grove, a popular shopping and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, and stole thousands of dollars worth of goods, police said. At least three suspects have been arrested.  The thefts followed a series of smash-and-grab incidents in the San Francisco area over the weekend, including one where a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek was hit by at least 90 people, with some wearing ski masks and armed with crowbars. Three people have been charged in that theft, in which two employees were assaulted and one was pepper-sprayed, authorities said. CALIFORNIA NORDSTROM RANSACKED BY 80 LOOTERS IN SKI MASKS WITH CROWBARS AND WEAPONS: WITNESS  A Louis Vitton in San...
    Experts are warning that the United States is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from adversaries such as China, and that time is running out to invest in defending the country from it. "That poses a real threat of possibly being able to win a war with a single blow by means of an EMP attack," Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said during a virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation Tuesday. "Moreover … they don’t envision employing an EMP by itself. It would be used in conjunction with cyberattacks and physical sabotage, and non-nuclear EMP."  The U.S. electric grid and other infrastructure – such as communications and transportation systems and water and sewer services – could all be devastated by such an attack, experts like Pry warn, noting that time is of the essence for the U.S. to defend itself. Chinese President Xi Jinping (REUTERS/Thomas Peter) CHINA PROTESTS U.S. NAVY DESTROYER'S PASSAGE THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIT China already possesses "super EMPs" and last summer tested a new...
    Organized crime syndicates are behind the rash of 'smash-and-grab' raids on luxury stores in California - paying thieves as little $500 to swipe items worth thousands, a law enforcement official said - as the brazen thefts hurt retailers' bottom lines, and terrify workers and customers. Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, said sophisticated criminal networks recruit mainly young people, offering them $500 to $1,000 to steal specific merchandise from stores and then sell it online.  The frequency and scale of the 'smash-and-grab' operations are ratcheting up as the holiday shopping season is getting into full swing.  'We´re not talking about someone who needs money or needs food. These are people who go out and do this is for high profit, and for the thrill,' Dugan said. A group of about 40 to 50 teenage shoplifters made off with an unknown amount of jewelry and other items in Hayward, California, on Sunday. Experts and officials say national crime networks are behind many of the 'smash-and-grab ' operations  A suspect was seen running away with an armful of...
    The ABC News affiliate in San Francisco, KGO-SF, has aired a segment multiple times over the past couple days featuring experts who say that the latest string of mass robberies at Bay Area retail stores, including a Louis Vuitton store on Friday, shouldn’t be described as “looting.” Thousands — sometimes tens of thousands — of dollars in merchandise has been stolen from the stores, according to media reports, most of which have described these mass thefts as “lootings.” “Experts caution use of ‘looting’ in describing rash of Bay Area smash and grabs,” read the headline of the KGO-SF report, which has understandably been ridiculed by the Twitter-verse. I personally sympathize with that mockery. Some of the arguments mounted by KGO-SF’s “experts,” regarding the racial connotations of the word “looting,” are silly. Looting has a clear dictionary definition, and large-scale smash and grabs like the ones that happened in San Fransisco clearly fall under the common definition. But the report does make one good point: California law states that looting happens when “an affected county in a ‘state of emergency’ or a...
    The 2021 holiday season will be the first time millions of Americans will be traveling in nearly two years. With a large number of festivities canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many will be excited to return home to see their families for Thanksgiving this year. The pandemic is not quite over yet, though, with an average of 1,000 Americans still dying from the virus every day and daily cases trending upwards nationwide. Experts believe that people can safely travel for Thanksgiving, but they should understand they are taking a risk and should take simple actions to protect themselves.  Advice includes wearing a well-fitted mask while traveling and wiping down seats before sitting on planes and trains. Millions of Americans will be travelling for the first time in nearly two years this holiday season, and experts say it can be done safely with a few precautions. One expert says that people should identify their 'individual risk' before heading out for the holidays. Pictured: Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport in California Experts recommend that travelers bring a well-fitting...
    CHINA’S hypersonic nuclear weapon has ‘fired a second missile mid-flight’ while travelling at least five times the speed of sound. No country had previously been able to demonstrate this feat and the test is said to have caught Pentagon scientists off guard. 4China launches the Shenzhou-13 spacecraft, carried on the Long March-2F carrier rocket on October 16Credit: Getty The hypersonic glide vehicle, a spacecraft which can carry a nuclear warhead, fired a separate missile during its flight in the atmosphere over the South China Sea on July 27. Experts at the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, Darpa, are said to be unsure how China achieved the feat, as scientists say it "defies science," according to a Financial Times report. Military experts are said to have been pouring over the data to discover how it was achieved. They are also said to be discussing what the projectile is for, which was fired by the hypersonic vehicle but seems to have had no obvious target, before it plunged into the water. Some Pentagon experts believe the projectile was an air-to-air missile while others...
    HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — Add Christmas trees to the list of items facing shortages and higher prices this year. Several factors are driving the trend, Newsday reported, including over-the-top sales last year during the first Christmas during the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain issues this year. Experts said tree buyers should expect to pay between 10% and 30% more for both live trees and artificial trees this year and also have a smaller selection to choose from. “Prices have gone up significantly,” John Mohlenhoff, secretary of the hook and ladder company for the Huntington fire department, told the newspaper. “We’ve had to compromise on what types of trees we’re getting, sizes, everything.” The Huntington fire department sold out its trees in 48 hours last year in what is normally a week-long fundraising sale, Mohlenhoff said. This year, prices have been raised about $5, the first time that’s been done in a decade. The department has had to pay higher prices to the farm in Pennsylvania that supplies the trees. Darts Christmas Tree Farm in Southold sold out of...
    A worker helps a customer at the Presidente Supermarket in Miami on April 13, 2020.Joe Raedle | Getty Images Workers across the U.S. are wondering how rising inflation might be impacting their take-home pay. Inflation has risen more than expected. In October, consumer prices increased 0.9% and pushed the year-over-year gain to 6.2%, hitting a 30-year high, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the second month in a row that inflation was higher than what economists anticipated. The consumer price index in September jumped 0.4% on the month and 5.4% on the year. That report prompted a 5.9% cost-of-living increase for people on Social Security, the largest jump in 40 years. So if you don't get a 6.2% raise this year, is that technically a pay cut? Not necessarily, according to some financial experts. "It's a lot more nuanced than that," said AnnElizabeth Konkel, an economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab. "It depends on your basket of goods as a consumer." More from Invest in You:The 'Great Resignation' is burning out those who stayUse...
    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission warned against United States’ participation in the Chinese economy on Wednesday, saying that any participation is “conditioned” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to the Wall Street Journal. The commission’s annual report, published by a panel of economic and national security experts, called for the imposition of restrictions on American investments in China and limits on abilities to by U.S.-listed Chinese stocks, The Wall Street Journal reported. “The annual report from the influential U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission called for imposing restrictions on U.S. investment in China and limiting investors’ ability to buy U.S.-listed Chinese stocks.” https://t.co/MDFVWURv27 — HKDC – Hong Kong Democracy Council (@hkdc_us) November 17, 2021 The panel also recommended the congressional authorization of funds for Taiwan to purchase defense articles from the United States, as well as financing “the deployment of cruise and ballistic missiles and other munitions in the Indo-Pacific while increasing funding for surveillance,” Reuters reported. (RELATED: Chinese President Xi Promises ‘Broken Heads And Bloodshed’ If Bullied By Foreign Powers) They also warned of the...
    The change will preclude advertisers from targeting users based on race, ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation. Experts are already skeptical of the new policy. Facebook announced a major change to its advertising interface on Nov. 9, barring firms from targeting users based on their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. Experts say the change appears to be somewhat cosmetic, in response to the company’s recently battered public image, and that big firms will be able to circumvent the prohibition easily. But the shift could have a more profound effect on campaigns without a data team at their disposal who might not otherwise navigate the new parameters as effectively. "It almost certainly is going to have the impact of being another barrier to entry for a lot of campaigns," Jacob Neiheisel, a professor of political science at the University of Buffalo, told the American Independent Foundation. "If you're an underresourced campaign to begin with, maybe you're fighting it out for a primary slot, you don't have a lot of institutional...
    With cuffing season in full swing, singletons everywhere will be coupling up with new partners ready to flaunt their budding relationships on Instagram.  But if you've noticed your partner is hesitant to show you off to their friends and family online, you could be victim of 'pocketing' - where a person refuses to acknowledge their relationship on social media.   The term means a new partner is actively avoiding acknowledging your existence online and is going out of their way not to introduce you to any of their friends and family.   While it doesn't necessarily mean that the person is cheating, relationship expert at eharmony Rachael Lloyd says those who do it often want to reap the benefits of a relationship while also living a 'single life online'. For example the person 'pocketing' their partner may want to like certain photographs or send messages to other social media users without them knowing they're in a relationship.  Relationship expert at eharmony Rachael Lloyd claimed those who 'pocket' their partners are doing so as a 'power play' and will often want to reap...
    Both China and Russia have launched missile tests that had previously been believed to be beyond their capabilities, leaving the Biden administration to figure out how to respond. China tested “a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile” that “circled the globe before speeding toward its target” over the summer, according to reports, while just days ago Russia launched a missile that intentionally destroyed a satellite scattering more than a thousand pieces of debris across space. Both tests were the first of their kind for each country, though neither was exactly new technology altogether. In China's case, hypersonic missile technology dates back decades, but the new developments make tracing and intercepting them much more difficult, while Russia's test, which was a repeat of a Chinese operation in 2007, was the first time the country had demonstrated the ability to strike a satellite using an Earth-based missile, according to the Washington Post . AFGHAN WAR VETS APPROACH VETERANS DAY WITH MIXED EMOTIONS “The abandonment of a credible deterrent in the United States is itself expanding the realm of possibility,” national security and foreign policy...
    The Federal Reserve’s decision to reduce its monthly bond purchases amid growing inflation has contributed to a surge in prices, benefiting billionaires and corporations while hurting lower-income Americans, multiple experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.  Ending inflation would pose a huge risk for Wall Street and the financial markets, Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, told the DCNF. As prices continue to surge, corporate America will benefit in the short term while low-income people get slammed by inflation, Stephen Moore, former economic adviser to former President Donald Trump, told the DCNF. “Billionaires don’t care about inflation, but people earning less than $50,000 a year get hammered by it,” Moore said. The Federal Reserve’s decision to reduce its monthly bond purchases contributed to a surge in prices, benefiting billionaires and corporations while crushing lower-income Americans, multiple experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation. As prices continue to surge, corporate America will benefit in the short term while low-income people get slammed by inflation, Stephen Moore, former economic adviser to former President Donald Trump, told the DCNF....
    The legal fight over the Biden administration’s workplace vaccine mandate was transferred to a Cincinnati-based federal appeals court Tuesday where experts say the administration may soon face an uphill climb as it seeks to have the mandate reinstated. The move came after a Washington, D.C., judicial panel selected the court at random from the nation’s 12 regional federal appeals courts and combined the various legal challenges filed across the country into a single lawsuit. The random drawing took place after the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals court temporarily blocked the workplace mandate, which requires businesses with at least 100 employees to have their workers either receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to regular testing and mask-wearing. Although the Cincinnati-based Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, where the case has been reassigned, is considered somewhat less conservative than the Fifth Circuit court that rebuffed the mandate, Tuesday’s move was hardly a resounding victory for the administration, legal experts said. “Overall, the Sixth Circuit may not be as hyper-conservative as the Fifth Circuit, but it is among the country's most conservative...
    After President Joe Biden’s virtual summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping ended without any breakthroughs, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the U.S. needs to stop begging for meetings with the communist country. “We’re sort of put in this supplicant role,” Jason Killmeyer, a national security expert, told the DCNF. He argued that the Biden administration should “stop asking for unilateral sit-downs for a while” and only begin to pursue them again “if and when there is something that can actually be accomplished.” “We should watch and wait for the Chinese to ask for the next summit,” Dean Cheng, a Heritage Foundation senior research fellow, told the DCNF. “We seem to be the ones who keep rattling a tin cup of ‘please sir, may I have another meeting?'” In a readout after the summit, the White House said the president “raised concerns” about human rights violations committed by China and the “need to protect American workers and industries” from its “unfair trade and economic practices.” “There’s not a single accomplishment,” Killmeyer said. “There’s no meat there. If there...
    (CNN/CBS13) — A rise in global crude oil supply could put the brakes on surging gasoline prices that have hit record levels in California. According to the International Energy Agency’s latest market report, global oil supplies jumped by 1.4 million barrels per day in October, with the United States accounting for half that increase as Gulf of Mexico output recovered from the damage caused by Hurricane Ida in August. READ MORE: 20 Inmates Involved In Fight At Stanislaus County Jail’s REACT FacilityThe Paris-based agency said it expected a further boost of 1.5 million barrels per day over November and December, with the United States forecast to provide more of that increase than any other country. “The world oil market remains tight by all measures, but a reprieve from the price rally could be on the horizon,” it said. Prices for US and Brent crude oil are trading near six-week highs at $80.15 and $81.62 a barrel. That’s left drivers in California paying a record $4.68 per gallon for gasoline, according to AAA. Heavy rainstorms that hit earlier Northern California...
    A transfusion of blood from runners could be a ground-breaking treatment for slowing down Alzheimer’s disease. It’s thought that a cocktail of chemicals released in the blood after exercise has rejuvenating and protective effects on the brain; previous research has found those who exercise regularly are less likely to develop the condition. Now doctors are giving monthly transfusions to around 60 people with early signs of Alzheimer’s in a year-long clinical trial led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — around 850,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia, and with an ageing population this number is predicted to rise to 1.5 million within the next two decades. It’s thought that a cocktail of chemicals released in the blood after exercise has rejuvenating and protective effects on the brain; previous research has found those who exercise regularly are less likely to develop the condition The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not yet fully understood, although a number of factors are thought to increase your risk, including a...
    The wife of Liverpool cabbie David Perry says it is an 'utter miracle' he survived after a bomb carried by a passenger exploded in the back of his taxi.  CCTV captured the moment Mr Perry's cab became a fireball outside the reception of Liverpool Women's Hospital, shortly before the 11am two-minute silence was due to take place on Remembrance Sunday yesterday.  The huge blast blew out the windows of cab, though Mr Perry incredibly managed to stagger to safety six seconds later. Experts believe Mr Perry's survival may have been down to the bomb not working properly - with one suggesting the detonators exploded but failed to set off the main charge.  Others have suggested that the partition screen between him and the passenger saved his life.     Now, his wife has revealed Mr Perry is 'doing ok but is extremely sore', while adding that his escape was an 'utter miracle'.  Rachel Perry wrote on Facebook: 'I would just like to thank each and every one of you who has messaged asking how David is. He is doing ok but is extremely sore and...
    (CBSDFW.COM/CNN) – Across the country coronavirus numbers don’t look so good this week. New COVID-19 diagnoses are up in about half of US states over the past week. Hospitalizations are up in 11 states, and deaths have risen in 17 states. US coronavirus cases have plateaued in recent weeks, holding on to about half of the growth from this summer’s latest surge. READ MORE: Watch Live Now: Billy Chemirmir Murder Trial Live Streaming Coverage From The CourtroomWhile new cases have fallen in some states, they’re rising in others, particularly some region’s cold-weather states. Southern states that were a large driving force behind this summer’s surge now have some of the lowest case rates. Two months ago, Florida and Texas together accounted for nearly a quarter (22%) of all new cases. Now, those two large states account for just 6% of all cases. Florida sliced new cases to a 10th of what they were two months ago and Texas to a fifth. That should sound like good news. But with less dramatic decreases in other, less populous states — and slight...
    Tax policy experts described Republicans' claims as 'ridiculous' and 'silliness.' Congressional Republicans and conservative news outlets have seized on a new report to falsely suggest that President Joe Biden's jobs plan breaks his promise not to raise taxes on anyone earning under $400,000. But experts say the analysis does not show that at all. On Thursday, the Tax Policy Center — a non-profit think tank — posted an analysis looking at many of the tax provisions in the version of the Build Back Better plan being considered by the House of Representatives. The think tank's analysis found that the plan "would cut taxes on average for nearly all income groups in 2022" while raising them for the wealthiest 1% of American earners. But conservatives latched onto one table in the report that seemed to suggest that 20% to 30% of middle-income earners would see their taxes raised slightly under the plan — by about $100 or less, on average. The Tax Policy Center's analysis also found that the bottom 80% of...
    (CNN) — The coronavirus numbers don’t look so good this week. New Covid-19 diagnoses are up in about half of US states over the past week. Hospitalizations are up in 11 states, and deaths have risen in 17 states. US coronavirus cases have plateaued in recent weeks, holding on to about half of the growth from this summer’s latest surge. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Gov. Hogan To Provide Update On Fight Against Anti-Asian Hate CrimesWhile new cases have fallen in some states, they’re rising in others, particularly some region’s cold-weather states. Southern states that were a large driving force behind this summer’s surge now have some of the lowest case rates. Two months ago, Florida and Texas together accounted for nearly a quarter (22%) of all new cases. Now, those two large states account for just 6% of all cases. Florida sliced new cases to a 10th of what they were two months ago and Texas to a fifth. That should sound like good news. But with less dramatic decreases in other, less populous states — and slight increases in...
    In this article BAR STT GLD @GC.1 VIDEO6:2206:22Tracking global gold demand with two top gold ETF managersETF EdgeGold's hot streak is still in its early innings, say the managers behind two of the largest ETFs on the market backed by the precious metal. Bullion wrapped up its best week since May on Friday as investors bought it to hedge against rising inflation figures, the latest being the more than 30-year record spike in consumer prices. It has climbed 7.5% since its recent bottom in September and is now within 2% of breaking even on a year-to-date basis. Recovering demand for gold jewelry could propel the price of gold even further, State Street's George Milling-Stanley told CNBC's "ETF Edge" this week. As chief gold strategist at State Street's SPDR ETFs, Milling-Stanley oversees the popular SPDR Gold Trust (GLD). "Consumer demand led by gold jewelry mostly going into the emerging markets has done very, very well in the first three quarters of this year," he said. Jewelry accounts for 50% of global gold demand followed by central bank reserves at 25%,...
    (CNN)The coronavirus numbers don't look so good this week. New Covid-19 diagnoses are up in about half of US states over the past week. Hospitalizations are up in 11 states, and deaths have risen in 17 states.US coronavirus cases have plateaued in recent weeks, holding on to about half of the growth from this summer's latest surge.While new cases have fallen in some states, they're rising in others, particularly some region's cold-weather states. Republicans seize on federal vaccine mandates to fire up their base and try to court new voters worried about the economy Southern states that were a large driving force behind this summer's surge now have some of the lowest case rates. Two months ago, Florida and Texas together accounted for nearly a quarter (22%) of all new cases. Now, those two large states account for just 6% of all cases.Florida sliced new cases to a 10th of what they were two months ago and Texas to a fifth.Read MoreThat should sound like good news. But with less dramatic decreases in other, less populous states -- and slight...
    EXPERTS suggested that Summer Wells' mom displayed "red flags" and may "know more" than she let on during an interview with Dr Phil. Summer's parents, Candus and Don Wells, appeared on Dr Phil on Friday for part two of their interview with the host, though behavior analysts observing the pair shared that they may not have been completely forthcoming. 5Behavioral experts said Candus Wells acted like she was hiding somethingCredit: Dr. Phil 5Summer, 5, has been missing since JuneCredit: Facebook / Donald Wells Summer Moon-Utah Wells, 5, was last seen on June 15 outside of her family's home in Hawkins County's Beach Creek Community, Tennessee. Her family said at the time that she had been in the front yard planting flowers with her mother and grandmother when she disappeared back inside the home to play with her toys at around 6.30pm. She was never seen again. Don, who was at work at the time, and his wife have long maintained that his daughter was abducted by an unknown perpetrator, but so far no evidence has surfaced to support the theory....