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    HONOLULU (AP) — When Japanese bombs began falling on Pearl Harbor, U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class David Russell first sought refuge below deck on the USS Oklahoma. But a split-second decision on that December morning 80 years ago changed his mind, and likely saved his life. “They started closing that hatch. And I decided to get out of there,” Russell, now 101, said in a recent interview. Within 12 minutes his battleship would capsize under a barrage of torpedoes. Altogether 429 sailors and Marines from the Oklahoma would perish — the greatest death toll from any ship that day other than the USS Arizona, which lost 1,177. Russell plans to return to Pearl Harbor on Tuesday for a ceremony in remembrance of the more than 2,300 American troops killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that launched the U.S. into World War II. About 30 survivors and 100 other veterans from the war are expected to observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the minute the attack began. Survivors, now in their late 90s or older, stayed home last...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Little is known about the potential dangers posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant but concern over its spread is already threatening to wreck reopening plans in Asia-Pacific. After more than 20 months of strict border controls and restrictions on daily life, many countries in the region had tentatively started to loosen up and live with Covid -- months after their European and North American counterparts fully reopened. But it took only a matter days to change that.Last month, after South African scientists detected a new variant, dozens of nations imposed travel bans on visitors from several southern African countries. Some countries in Asia-Pacific have gone further by extending mandatory quarantines or shutting their borders to almost all foreign travelers.Scientists in the United States say it will take at least two weeks to know more about how the variant impacts vaccine efficacy and Covid treatments. As public health experts wait for the data, governments across the Asia-Pacific region aren't taking any risks. Many are acting quickly over concerns the new Omicron variant could spread into their territories, even in...
              moreby Newt Gingrich   Despite every effort of the Biden administration, the Justice Department, the Congressional Democrats, and the propaganda media, Hunter Biden is going to end up being investigated – and the impact on President Joe Biden, his administration, and his legacy is going to be enormous. As more stories about Hunter Biden’s meetings with foreign agents in Serbia, China, and elsewhere come out, serious scrutiny will become unavoidable. The evidence is overwhelming that Hunter Biden’s activities in Ukraine, Russia, and China have direct national security implications. We simply do not know how much the Biden administration’s weakness toward Communist China is influenced by the Chinese corruption of the Biden family and its allies. We do not know how much Vladimir Putin has been emboldened by his knowledge of the corruption of Hunter Biden – and through him the governing family of the United States. There has been a complete absence of honesty and inquiry from the FBI and the Justice Department. It is amazing that the Hunter Biden laptop has not already led to an indictment of President...
    50 Cent issued an apology to Madonna after she blasted him for making fun of the NSFW photos she posted last week. The 46-year-old rapper insisted he never intended on hurting Madonna's feelings as he walked back comments mocking her racy photos on Thursday.    'I must have hurt Madonna feelings,she went and dug up a old MTV photo from 03 [sic],' he began his Twitter post, adding a shoulder shrug emoji. 'I did not intend to hurt your feelings': 50 Cent issued an apology to Madonna after she blasted him for making fun of the NSFW photos she posted last week  'Ok Im sorry i did not intend to hurt your feelings,' he continued. 'I don't benefit from this in anyway i said what i thought when i saw the picture because of where i had seen it before i hope you accept my apology [sic].' The apology included the same 2003 photo Madonna had shared of herself and the rapper, along with a message calling out his phoniness.    RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next ...
    Lethal failures WHO will own the systemic failures that let two pitiless monsters starve, torment and kill little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes? Who from West Midlands Police will explain why they ignored photos of his injuries and instead threatened his uncle with arrest over Covid rules? 3Those whose negligence left little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in the clutches of evil must answer for it - pictured with his devastated birth mother Olivia Labinjo-HalcrowCredit: PA Who at Solihull social services will explain how officials armed with images of his bruises still failed to spot them and meekly accepted all was well in that torture chamber of a house? Emma Tustin refused to face justice in person in one final, typical act of cowardice. Her 29-year minimum term is not the whole-life sentence we wanted. But she will be 61 before any parole is considered. If every day of that is a ­living hell, she will richly deserve it. Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes ­merited more than his 21 years too. Most read in NewsCOURT DETAILS Ghislaine Maxwell case continues after butler's bombshell testimonyLatestON THE RUN...
    Having a recent tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis can skyrocket a person's likelihood of dying from COVID-19, a new study finds. Researchers from the California Department of Health gathered statewide data to identify how much of an increased risk of death TB patients suffered during the pandemic. They found a person who was diagnosed with both TB and Covid within 30 days was 20 times as likely to die than someone who only had the virus, and twice as likely to die when compared to someone diagnosed with TB before the pandemic. The findings show the high risk people with TB - a condition that can severely damage a person's lungs - face during the pandemic. Researchers found a direct correlation between how recent a TB diagnosis is and the likelihood of dying of Covid. A person diagnosed with TB within 30 days of Covid infection are 20 times as likely to die than the average person, and twice as likely to die as someone infected with TB before the pandemic TB is a potentially devastating bacterial infection that can cause permanent...
    Omicron, the new strain of COVID that has caused worldwide alarm the last week, has now been detected in five states, with a total of nine cases. New York is the only state with multiple infections so far. Here's a rundown, with the number of cases in parentheses following the name of the state: New York (5): Four of the five infected are from New York City and the other was a 67-year-old Long Island woman who lives in Suffolk County and had recently traveled to South Africa, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced early Thursday evening, Dec. 2. All five had mild symptoms, Hochul said.   The vaccination status has only been determined for one of the five -- the Suffolk County woman who was fully vaccinated. She tested positive on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Hochul said. Two of the other four are Queens residents. The other two live within the five boroughs of New York City, with the exact locations not yet identified. Minnesota (1): Earlier in the day on Thursday, it was announced a man from Minnesota who attended an Anime convention at the...
    This time of year, if you have a yard with trees, it can feel like no matter how often you rake, there is always a layer of leaves covering your lawn within a blink of the eye.  The leaves can look stunning and give you a sense of nostalgia and coziness, but still, the one-going chore of raking them up becomes a reality. Then comes the question of what to do with all of these leaves.  Well, there are in fact a number of ways you can make the most of this wonderful resource. If you don’t have a yard full of leaves, ask around to see if neighbors or friends might be willing to share theirs.  If you offer to rake them up in exchange for taking them away, it becomes a win-win. Don’t think of leaf raking as a chore.  See it as the gathering of a natural free gift that can do wonders in your garden. 1.  Make Compost Fall leaves are the garden’s gold.  A good compost mix needs a mix of green and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – On Thursday, the Chicago Gold Star Families Memorial held their tree lighting ceremony. It’s a reminder of the men and women who died in the line of duty and their families. Later this month, members of the Chicago Police Memorial Fund, and Santa, will be riding around the city delivering gifts to those gold star families.
    Long Covid may lead to an increased risk of death in the year after a patient's diagnosis, a new study finds. Researchers at the University of Florida analyzed health records from over 13,000 patients, following them for 12 months.  Patients who had severe Covid symptoms were 2.5 times as likely to die over the next year after their diagnosis compared with those who tested negative for Covid. Younger patients (under age 65) who suffered severe symptoms had a particularly high mortality risk at 3.3 times as likely to die as patients under age 65 who tested negative. The study indicates that there's 'a substantial risk of dying' from unrecognized Covid complications, the study's lead author said. Vaccination can prevent such complications.  Patients hospitalized with severe Covid symptoms have an increased risk of dying - from all causes - in the next year, a new study finds. Pictured: Healthcare workers treat a Covid patient in an ICU in Tarzana, California, September 2021 It's now well-known among scientists and doctors that Covid infections can lead to symptoms for many weeks or months...
    SACRAMENTO (AP) — A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to inmates so ill they are hooked to ventilators to breathe, meaning their movement is so limited they are not a public danger. The state previously included a much broader range of permanent incapacities allowing inmates to be cared for in nursing homes outside prison walls. READ MORE: Bay Area Startup Sets Sights On Developing 'Perpetually Flying Drone'Steve Fama, an attorney with the nonprofit Prison Law Office, said the court-appointed federal office that controls health care in California prisons told him the change could affect about 70 of the 210 inmates approved for medical parole under the current system, started in 2014. “It’d be an awful shame if those people were returned to prison,” Fama said. “Those patients have been proven not to need a prison setting given their medical conditions.” The policy shift comes as the state has been reducing its prison...
    New York (CNN)If you're the kind of shopper who holds out for the bigger and better year-end deals after Christmas, you could be out of luck this season. Come January, those ridiculously-deep clearance sales might be much harder to find.Blame the messed up global supply chain.January is the golden month for markdowns and scoring some serious savings. It's when retailers slash prices by as much as 75% to 80% to drum up sales and clear out leftover, holiday-timed merchandise such as coats, sweaters, shoes, gadgets and pajama sets.As many as 68% of consumers shop the week after Christmas in hopes of bagging post-holiday discounts, according to the National Retail Federation. But as retailers struggle with tighter inventory and plenty of out of stock products heading into the peak gift-buying period, consumers should prepare to kiss hopes of juicy, across-the-board clearance deals goodbye.Read MoreTJ Maxx is raising prices on some upscale brandsThe signs are already there.Discerning Black Friday shoppers would have noticed that their favorite stores were not as generous with holiday discounts this year as they typically have been. Plus,...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new California policy could send dozens of quadriplegic, paraplegic or otherwise permanently incapacitated inmates from nursing homes back to state prisons. Prison officials say a change in federal rules led them to limit medical parole to inmates so ill they are hooked to ventilators to breathe, meaning their movement is so limited they are not a public danger. The state previously included a much broader range of permanent incapacities allowing inmates to be cared for in nursing homes outside prison walls. Steve Fama, an attorney with the nonprofit Prison Law Office, said the court-appointed federal office that controls health care in California prisons told him the change could affect about 70 of the 210 inmates approved for medical parole under the current system, started in 2014. “It’d be an awful shame if those people were returned to prison,” Fama said. “Those patients have been proven not to need a prison setting given their medical conditions.” The policy shift comes as the state has been reducing its prison population due to the coronavirus pandemic, as...
    (CNN)Pfizer is expected to seek authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for its vaccine booster shot for those who are ages 16 and 17, a source familiar with the plan told CNN on Monday.Currently only those 18 and up are eligible for booster shots six months after their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.Pfizer didn't immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.The development comes as scientists in the US and around the world are racing to learn more about a new coronavirus variant called Omicron. President Joe Biden urged Americans earlier Monday not to panic over the new variant, and encouraged those who have not yet gotten a booster but are eligible to do so.Biden had hoped to have boosters made widely available months ago, but emergency booster authorization ultimately didn't happen until October, and widespread booster shots have not been available until this month. Asked on Monday if making boosters available to everyone sooner could have helped with the current dynamic, press secretary Jen Psaki referred the question to medical experts.Read MoreThis story is breaking and will...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has eased some of its harsh drug laws, relaxing penalties for travelers who arrive in the country with products containing THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis. The new law, published Sunday in the UAE’s official gazette, says people caught carrying food, drinks and other items with cannabis into the country will no longer land in prison if it’s their first time. Instead, authorities will confiscate and destroy the products. The law marks a noteworthy change for one of the world’s most restrictive nations when it comes to importing common drugs for personal use, from cannabis to over-the-counter medications like narcotics, sedatives and amphetamines. The country strictly prohibits the sale and trafficking of drugs, with drug use punishable by four years in jail. Other changes include reducing minimum sentences from two years to three months for first-time drug offenders and offering convicts rehabilitation at a detention facility separate from other felons. Foreign drug users who are caught are typically deported to their home countries after imprisonment, but the new law...
    Vain people with big egos and a sense of entitlement have poorer visual memories, a study suggests. They may struggle to remember faces and objects because of the way they focus on themselves, researchers said. In the study, 1,435 participants were tested for levels of the ‘grandiose narcissism’ personality trait which involves pronounced self-focus, egotism, vanity, a sense of entitlement and a tendency to disregard the needs of others. Vain people with big egos and a sense of entitlement have poorer visual memories, a study suggests. A stock image is used above [File photo] In the first of six experiments, participants were briefly shown pictures of 40 men before being given other tasks to complete.  They were then shown these photos again as well as another 40 in random order and asked whether they had seen each face before. Those who were more narcissistic tended to perform worse than their more modest peers. Further tests showed narcissism also led to poorer visual memory of common objects, houses and cars which showed it was not just social stimuli, such as faces,...
    Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach located on the south coast of Iceland.Luis Cagiao Photography | Moment | Getty Images Iceland has been a focal point of my wanderlust for the better part of two years. The country is a dreamscape of natural beauty: the black sands of Reynisfjara, towering icebergs of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the steep, jagged peaks of Vestrahorn. I was forced to shelve a meticulously planned trip there in 2020, like so many other globetrotters who set aside excursions during the Covid pandemic. Since then, I've wondered: When will an adventure overseas be feasible again? Perhaps soon. The 2022 outlook for travel abroad is rosier than ever, especially for Americans booking trips in the summer or later, according to travel experts. But they should expect to do more advance planning and remain flexible. "Since March 2020, there hasn't been a time as promising as it is now," Sebastian Modak, editor-at-large of Lonely Planet and the New York Times 52 Places Traveler in 2019, said of travel overseas. "It really comes down to the traveler's own...
    JAKE PAUL was one of many boxers to hit out at Teofimo Lopez after the former lightweight champion insisted he easily beat George Kambosos Jr. The Brooklyn native, 24, had his WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring belts ripped away in New York after losing a split decision against his Australian opponent in a 12-round war. 4Jake Paul mocked his American compatriot Teofimo Lopez following his defeat to George Kambosos JrCredit: Instagram jakepaul 4Lopez declared that he beat Kambosos Jr 10-2 on rounds, despite being second best in the contestCredit: Getty After predicting he would knock out Kambosos Jr in the opening round, Lopez was himself floored inside the first three minutes. Though he did manage to send the 28-year-old crashing to the canvas in the tenth round with a brutal overhand right. However it was too little, too late, as Lopez was beaten to the punch for the majority of the fight, with Kambosos Jr deservedly having his hand raised as the winner. But incredibly, he declared that he won the bout, leading to his own fans booing him, before...
    As one of Hollywood’s loudest proponents of Method acting, Jared Leto has long been one of those performers who loves “disappearing” into a role. In House of Gucci, he finally succeeds—for better and for worse. For most of his career, Leto’s shapeshifting has been more conspicuous than chameleonic. But Ridley Scott’s fashion epic uses the actor’s zeal for over-the-top “transformative” performances to its advantage. Somewhere between the prosthetic nose, the “it’s-a-me!” accent, and the hideous corduroy jackets, Leto does become unrecognizable. The trick only becomes funnier once you realize this floundering, narcissistic Fashion Wario is actually Leto—an actor defined, increasingly, by his relentless ego. The Oscars conversation is far from set, but House of Gucci could win sophomore awards for both Leto and Lady Gaga. As exciting as it is to consider Gaga adding yet another gold statuette to the shelf, however, Leto’s awards contention is more complicated. What should we make of this performance and the boost it could give Leto’s image, given the unsettling rumors that have hung over him for years? Lady Gaga tears through House...
    Dave Chappelle made a deal on instagram with those against his high school alma matter naming a theater after him following the backlash over his Netflix special “The Closer.” “The Duke Ellington School is a glorious institution,” the legendary comedian explained in a post on Instagram Friday about the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. (RELATED: ‘Gender Is A Fact’: They’re Not Going To Be Happy With Dave Chappelle’s Latest Bit On Trans Culture) Chappelle said it was at the school’s theater that he found “a context to explore” his creativity and that it prepared him “to undertake this noble and difficult profession.” “It was a fine institution before any of  its current occupants got there,” the 48-year-old comedian wrote. “God willing, it will be a fine institution long after their tenure is done. My only intent is to insure Duke Ellington the opportunity to train its artists, unfettered.” (RELATED: ‘No One Can Be Woke Enough’: Dave Chappelle And Joe Rogan Rip ‘Woke Ideology,’ Defend Elon Musk)   View this post on Instagram   A post shared...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Spring Garden Community pantry spent this Black Friday collecting winter gear for folks in need. They teamed up with six Philly Community Fridge groups from around the city to organize Friday’s drive at 9th and Market Streets. Organizers collected five large bins of winter weather essentials. And because it was so cold, they gave away some of those items on the spot to people who needed them. The rest will be distributed next month.
    WORKERS earning less than $75,000 a year in one state could be in line for an early Christmas present - a stimulus check worth $200. People in Illinois could be getting the extra cash after the proposal was made by Republicans in the state's House of Representatives. 1Republican lawmakers in Illinois have proposed a $200 stimulus check for Americans earning less than $75,000 - just weeks before ChristmasCredit: Getty Should it become law, single taxpayers earning less than $75,000 would receive a $200 check, while the amount is $400 for joint filers earning less than $150,000, according to WCIA. GOP State Representative Tom Demmer said the support would "mirror" some of the financial aid given by the federal government in the past couple of years. He added: "$400 won't make all the problems go away but it could have a positive impact. "It could be an extra week or two of groceries, it could be a few extra utility bills or it could make the difference between being able to buy new shoes or winter coats for your kids." Illinois...
    MADISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A beloved holiday tradition made a comeback on Friday. Madison‘s annual Christmas parade marched along Main Street once again after being canceled last year because of the pandemic, CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon reported. READ MORE: Westchester County Social Services Gift Drive Aims To Make Sure Older Kids, Teens Don't Feel Left OutWith their eyes wide and their smiles large, hundreds of kids watched in awe as St. Nick showed up for the parade. “Fun! It was cool because it was the real Santa,” Sofia Temarsico said. “I said, ‘Hello, Santa, I love you!'” another kid said. Among the people in the crowd was an excited Thomas Piccolo. “He was big. He was red. He was fat. He was jolly. He had eight reindeer,” Piccolo said. Piccolo’s dad and uncle used to be in the parade when they were kids. Both said watching their children enjoy the celebrations now is incredibly heartwarming. “My dad owned a delicatessen in Madison, Chippy’s, so we used to be in the parade, promoting Chippy’s, and now we get to be there with...
    TATTOOED footballers net 42 per cent more goals than players without inkings, a study found. But they are also more likely to get a yellow card. 1Footballers are more likely to score if they have a tattoo, and get bookedCredit: BackGrid Scientists claim those with visible tattoos, such as PSG’s Brazil star Neymar, are viewed as more aggressive — giving them a psychological edge over opponents. They reckon the body art bunch are greater risk takers, leading to more goals. The findings follow analysis of Spain’s 2018-19 LaLiga season — when more than a third of top pros had tattoos. On average they scored 2.7 goals a season compared to 1.9 for unadorned players. They had a 91 per cent chance of getting a yellow card, while those without tattoos had an 83 per cent risk. Half of players from South America were inked, compared to a third of Europeans. Researcher Dr Nicolas Kluger, a dermatologist at Finland’s Helsinki University Hospital, said: “Tattoos are associated with ego boosting, and symbolise physical strength as well as traits of aggressiveness...
    (CNN)After the last plate has been cleared from the table and everyone -- except the person stuck washing dishes -- has migrated to the couch, it's time to begin the next part of the Thanksgiving tradition. Yes, it's time to divvy up and work through the leftovers.Boost your mood with this 5-day gratitude challengeThese recommendations aren't about reinventing the wheel. We're offering a few options that will give you something to look forward to on your post-holiday meal plan. These are foods we already love, with Thanksgiving dishes folded into the familiar recipes.Sorry, same old next-day sandwiches and turkey tetrazzini. We're going in a different direction this time around.Turkey enchiladasRead MoreTry this couch workout and feel better about binge-watching TVMany of us turn to ground turkey as a healthier option in a variety of recipes. But it's just as easy to chop up leftover Thanksgiving turkey and sneak it into non-holiday comfort food. Start by adding it to your favorite enchilada (or taco or burrito bowl) recipe.Try these turkey black bean enchiladas, and feel free to substitute a quality canned...
    IF you're tired of every website asking you to 'allow site notifications' then you may want to try this Google Chrome trick. You can actually turn off those annoying pop ups and avoid getting spammed. 1It's easy to turn off website notifications on ChromeCredit: AFP How to turn off 'show notifications' on Google Chrome On the desktop version of Chrome, click on the three dots in the top right hand corner. Then, click Settings and select 'Privacy and security'. Next, click 'Site Settings' and look for the 'Permissions' section. Here you need to click 'Notifications'. Most read in Phones & GadgetsREAD IT AND WEEP Nearly 200 Android apps caught snooping on users' texts, researchers warnKREM FRESH Google warns MILLIONS of Gmail users about Russian hack attackALL SMILES These hidden iPhone codes unlock EVERY emoji – how to use them todayCHECK YOUR PHONE Google has been tracking you on every app – here's how to stop itTEXT TERROR You MUST act now if you get this text from Apple on your iPhoneLOCK AND KEY Secret Apple trick lets your friend UNLOCK...
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia health officials say they are working with a family-owned pharmacy to re-vaccinate patients after the pharmacies in Hancock County distributed “overly-diluted” shots of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. According to news reports, the West Virginia Board of Pharmacy, the Bureau for Public Health, and partners from the Joint Interagency Task Force for Vaccines are working with Davis Brothers Pharmacy to contact patients 12 years and older who received Pfizer vaccinations between April and November. READ MORE: $1,000 Reward Offered For Long-Lost Dog Collar Stolen From Home Of President Warren G. HardingThe pharmacy’s vaccination efforts in New Cumberland and Chester have been put on pause since November 17. The Board of Pharmacy has issued a cease and desist letter while an investigation is currently underway. READ MORE: Cherries And Buckeyes: Ohio Governor, Michigan Governor Wager On Saturday ShowdownHealth officials say other COVID-19 vaccines were not affected by the dosing error. MORE NEWS: Man Hospitalized In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Chest Inside Of A Munhall Home(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Some folks who might otherwise not have had a hot meal found their plates and hearts full this Thanksgiving Day. A total of 300 people who struggle with homelessness and food insecurity attended Catholic Charities 18th Annual Thanksgiving Lunch. READ MORE: Woman Carjacked In Parking Lot Of Mercy Hospital & Medical CenterBlaise Cardinal Cupich helped out alongside 30 volunteers. They served turkey with all the trimmings. READ MORE: Search On For 2 Suspects Wanted In Shooting That Killed Kevin Tinker Jr., 14, In Roseland“Catholic Charities has one of the broadest scopes and reach of any organization in the Midwest, and so our ability to meet many kinds of needs for individuals, families, and communities, is something we take a lot of pride in,” said Sally Blount of Catholic Charities. MORE NEWS: Thanksgiving Ruined For Suburban Family After Brazen Armed Thieves Stole Car In Multi-Town Crime SpreeIn addition to a hot meal, some of the guests also received other services – including COVID-19 vaccinations.
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — While many had Thanksgiving off to celebrate the day with family, there were plenty of people who had to work. So, it’s only appropriate we here at CBS2 give thanks to all those who spent the holiday on the clock. READ MORE: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Welcomes Back Spectators In New York CityThe Lew family was gathered around the table sharing what they were thankful for. “Health, my family, being able to travel again,” Donna Lew told CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis. Lew was visiting New York from California for Thanksgiving and grateful K. Rico South American Steakhouse was open for their holiday meal. “I was saying thank you to all of them for being here tonight,” Lew said. Even though he spends most of the night away from family, it was important for owner Tommy Greco to be working, especially looking back on the pandemic. “Give thanks that were still here, we’re still in business, we got our staff back,” Greco said. Restaurant workers were among the many people who spent the holiday on the clock. There...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota organization raised more than $100,000 this year to put together Thanksgiving meals for those in need. Volunteers with Open Arms of Minnesota spent Thursday morning packing made-from-scratch turkey dinners for Minnesotans with life-threatening illnesses. For many of the volunteers, it was a Thanksgiving tradition. “I think over the last year we’ve realized how lonely some folks are,” said Corinna Gilbert, of Prior Lake. “They have been in their homes for so long, especially because of COVID, but also because of their illnesses, And this is just a way for us to say to them, hey, we love you, there are people out here that care about you.” Mark Sauerbrey and Denis Taylor, of Oakdale, have been volunteering with Open Arms Minnesota every Thanksgiving for the last 18 years. They say that every stop they make leaves a mark. The two remembered one home they visited where a woman invited them into her home and shared with them her story of battling cancer. “It was touching to almost be included in...
    Every holiday season, people debate back and forth about what to donate to food banks and shelters: food? Diapers? Interview clothes? Just cash? There are pros and cons to all options, and frankly, the best route is to reach out to the specific shelter or organization you’re interested in and ask what they find most useful at that point in time. With that said, one underdiscussed type of donation I always encourage folks to consider (holidays or not) is cookware and kitchen appliances.  The InstantPot you were gifted and never used? Take it to a Goodwill. The rice cooker you’ve replaced with a fancier model but still works fine? Donation center. The humble coffee pot that’s collected dust because you moved into a matcha phase? Clean it up and drop it off. Provided the item works correctly and is safe to use, there’s no harm in donating it to a person or group who might appreciate it. In fact, a barely used set of glassware or a slightly dated quesadilla maker might add a lot of warmth and enjoyment to a...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – After taking a different form last year because of coronavirus restrictions, many in-person Thanksgiving events to feed the needy and raise money for worthwhile causes returned Thursday to Los Angeles. Volunteers prepare Thanksgiving meals at the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles. Nov. 25, 2021. (CBSLA) READ MORE: Powerful Santa Ana Winds Pummel Southland, Thousands Without Power On ThanksgivingThe Midnight Mission on Skid Row was serving Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,000 people, according to Midnight Mission spokesperson Georgia Berkovich. Volunteer Wendy Nguyen told CBSLA she drove in from Riverside to help serve meals at the Midnight Mission. “I love it down here. Once a month, I’m on the way down here, 65 miles, I’m very committed, I love being here, the kitchen, the environment, serving the people of Skid Row,” Nguyen told CBSLA. There were 3,500 pounds of turkey served, topped with 50 gallons of gravy, 3,500 pounds of ham with glaze, 1,000 pounds of garlic mashed potatoes, 750 pounds of seasonal vegetables, 250 pounds of cranberry sauce, 300 pounds of dinner rolls and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Operation Turkey, led by former NFL and University of Miami player Bryant McKinnie, was in full force on Thursday, providing hot meals to those in need. McKinnie’s Bmajor Foundation, along with community partners and more than 50 volunteers, packaged and delivered more than 2,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day to community residents near the Joseph Caleb Center in Miami and to those who took part in the drive-through meal distribution. READ MORE: Do You Recognize These Guys? They're Wanted For Armed Robbery Of Wilton Manors Business Bryant McKinnie at Operation Turkey hot meal giveaway on Nov. 25, 2021. (CBS4) This is the 22nd year in a row, Operation Turkey has worked to ensure that the homeless and less fortunate receive a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day. “Thanksgiving is a time for all of us to reflect on the blessings we have received this past year. During these difficult times, so many here in our community will be facing an empty table on Thanksgiving Day,” said McKinnie who played one season for his hometown Miami Dolphins in 2013...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s become an annual tradition for the Light of Life Rescue Mission to help feed those in need on Thanksgiving. This year will be their first since moving into a new facility on the North Shore. READ MORE: Man Shot In Ankle In HomewoodThe mission wants to serve as many people as possible with a traditional meal. They want to help any man, woman or child who may be without a home or facing addiction. Last year was a bit different for them, dealing with the pandemic, but they still made sure to give out hundreds of meals in a safe manner. This year it seems to have been a little easier. Preparations got started earlier this week and it was all in an effort to make Thursday run smoothly. Local elected leaders like Mayor Bill Peduto, Mayor-Elect Ed Gainey and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald plan on serving meals. For volunteers like Don Waite, it’s a 3 a.m. alarm. “I go it’s going to be a long day,” he said. Almost immediately after waking up, he remembers...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has joined other European nations in offering a third COVID-19 vaccination shot to everyone over the age of 18 amid a rise in coronavirus cases. The Danish Health Authority said Thursday the “decline in immunity is also happening for people in the younger age groups.” Helene Probst, deputy head of the government agency, said “revaccination is offered at the same interval to everyone over 18 years of age.” Denmark, like many other countries in Europe, has seen an uptick in infections, with health authorities saying the numbers of cases and hospitalizations have risen faster than expected. “When we see the epidemic flare up right now, it is primarily due to the transition from summer to autumn and winter, and at the same time we have an open society with only a few restrictions. Combined with the fact that the effect of the vaccines decreases over time, it is expected that the infection will increase,” Probst said in a statement. In Denmark, which already has offered booster shots to older people and the vulnerable, the...
    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...
    Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images President Joe Biden issued a brief statement Wednesday reacting to the murder convictions of the three men who killed Ahmaud Arbery. Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael, and William Bryan were found guilty on multiple counts of felony murder. A sentencing date has not yet been set. Back in May 2020, days after the horrific video of Arbery’s murder was seen by the public, then-candidate Biden said, “Well it sure looks like murder to me, at a minimum it needs a thorough investigation.” “Black mothers shouldn’t have to worry when their sons go out to walk down the street or jog down the street that this could happen to them,” he added at the time. You can read the president’s full statement on the verdict below: Ahmaud Arbery’s killing – witnessed by the world on video – is a devastating reminder of how far we have to go in the fight for racial justice in this country. Mr. Arbery should be here today, celebrating the holidays with his mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, and his father, Marcus Arbery. Nothing can...
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden recommended Wednesday that everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 should get a booster shot against COVID-19 six months after having received the second jab. Social Affairs Minister Lena Hallengren said about 7 million people in Sweden, which has a population of 10 million, have had both shots. But she expressed concern about the uptick in coronavirus infections. “The government takes the spread of infection around the world seriously,” Hallengren said. “The purpose (of offering a third shot) is to be prepared for a possible deteriorating situation.” Karin Tegmark Wisell, head of the Swedish Public Health Agency, said the vaccine was ”our most important tool for dealing with the pandemic.” “Two shots provide good protection against serious illness and death, but the protective effect diminishes over time,” she told a news conference. Sweden had previously stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic. All people above age 65 have already been offered a third shot. Authorities say 26% in that age group has received a booster so far. The...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Tens of millions of Americans have trouble falling or staying asleep. While there are many over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids, most are not permanent solutions. Now, a Massachusetts cannabis retailer is offering up a marijuana-based alternative. Garden Remedies is teaming up with the therapeutic company Real Isolates on a cannabis pill directly aimed at helping people sleep. It’s meant for people like Peter Riggs of Newton, who suffers from PTSD and needs extra help shutting his eyes. “I’m ready to go to sleep and my mind isn’t scared,” said Peter. “It’s whimsical.” Miyabe Shields is one of the scientists in charge of the effort. She says the process involves harvesting two compounds from marijuana. “We capture the formulation from the smoke,” Shields said. “We heat the cannabis. We capture it selectively in a filter. We pull out the active components from the smoke and the smoke goes through and out. It’s an extract.” The extracts, THC and CBN are then combined to create the “Sleep Plus” pill. Shields calls it a perfect mix. “Using our method the...
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that former President Donald Trump supporters feared “civil rights and human rights, the cultural changes.” Clinton said, “I do think that we are facing a crisis of democracy, a crisis of legitimacy, a crisis that really goes to the heart of what the future of our country and many others around the world will be. So I spend my time trying to figure out what we can do about it. I am not ever going to give up because there’s just too much at stake.” She continued, “I think that the role of disinformation, the way that propaganda has been really weaponized, and the increasing ability to manipulate people through algorithms and other forms of artificial intelligence will only make this harder to combat. so I don’t want to be pessimistic about it because I think this is a worthy and necessary battle.” Clinton added, “We have to hold people accountable for their actions, particularly when those actions threaten our way of life, our rule of...
    Take it from someone who’s constantly adding Spanx everything to their holiday wishlist, this is one black Friday sale fashion lovers (and anybody shopping for one) do not want to miss. Spanx's Black Friday sale includes tons of best-selling leggings and shapewear, as well as plenty of celebrity-favorite items discounted up to 20 percent off. Once best known as only a shapewear company, founder Sara Blakely’s expanded her brand into a full-fledged fashion label, and her innovative designs continue to take the fashion industry by storm. From sculpting bodysuits and hosiery to those highly coveted faux leather leggings that lift and smooth all the right areas to pencil skirts, flowing camis, and cozy pullovers, when we say Spanx has something for everyone on your list, it’s actually ~not~ an exaggeration. In fact, Spanx's Black Friday sale even offers styles for men and an entire collection dedicated to expecting mamas. So, mark your calendars: The Spanx Black Friday sale begins at 6 pm Tuesday, November 23rd, and extends through Monday, November 29th, in which all styles (yes, that includes its...
    Although I participated in the countercultural "revolutions," antiwar protests and racial conflicts of the 1960s, it wasn't until August 2016 that I had my first truly unnerving intimations of a full-blown American civil war: Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally that if Hillary Clinton "gets to pick her judges, judicial appointments, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people — maybe there is. I don't know." By June 1, 2020, Trump's seeming afterthought about "Second Amendment people" had metastasized into something truly scary. He and combat-fatigues-clad Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with Attorney General William Barr, strode from the White House to Lafayette Park, where a peaceful demonstration had been dispersed brutally by National Guard troops. Trump's insistence only days earlier that the U.S. Army itself should be sent against the protesters — a demand echoed by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton in a now-infamous New York Times op-ed — reminded me of Julius Caesar leading Roman legions illegally across the river Rubicon from Gaul into Italy in 49 B.C. to subdue...
    A person at Feeding Tampa Bay poses with a sign reading "I am ending hunger."Feeding Tampa Bay/Facebook Feeding Tampa Bay is calling for volunteers to help feed those in need of Thanksgiving meals. Poor people sometimes go hungry on the holiday, and the organization is looking to help address the problem—with the help of volunteers. The group will be accepting helpers on Wednesday from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at 4702 Transport Dr., Building 6, in order to prepare for the holiday. “If you got the time, come help us do some sorting the day before Thanksgiving, and give back to those less fortunate!” The non-profit wrote on the event page for the volunteer drive. If you are in need of food this holiday season, or know of anyone who is, Feeding Tampa Bay invites you to visit its “Find Food” navigator. Feeding Tampa Bay is a member of the Feeding America food bank network, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United States. The group is a distributor and central supply point that procures food, sorts it, stores it, and efficiently...
    Getty Images Dr. Marty Makary slammed the “farce” of mask usage in a Tuesday interview, arguing that they had become part of a caste system in which the rich were exempt. “I don’t wear a mask,” the pancreatic surgeon and Fox News contributor noted in an interview for former New York Times editor Bari Weiss’ Substack. “I don’t wear a mask in public or with friends unless I’m at a bingo night at the local geriatric gathering where there’s a lot of people that have organ transplants. I wear a mask out of courtesy but look at the farce of what’s happening. Not only do you have to wear a mask for the nine steps to walk to your table at a restaurant, but when you go to a gathering the workers are wearing a mask and no one else is.” While most states have rolled back rules that required private establishments to enforce mask mandates, six states — Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington — still have such rules in place, and the federal government is still enforcing...
    Americans with certain mental disorders are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19, a new study finds. Researchers from the University of Texas found that people who suffer from schizophrenia are four times as likely to die of Covid than the general population. Additionally. those who have anxiety or mood disorders are almost three times as likely to die from the virus as people without these conditions.  What's more, people with psychiatric disorders were also found to contract COVID-19 at lower rates, which researchers believe is a result of social isolation associated with the conditions. People who suffer from psychiatric disorders are at an increased risk of dying from COVID-19, a new study finds. People with schizophrenia are 3.74 times as likely to die than the average person, and those with mood disorders or anxiety are more than twice as likely (file photo) Researchers, who published their findings on Tuesday in JAMA Network Open, gathered data from 2.5 million Americans. Among that group, 3,350 had schizophrenia, 26,610 were diagnosed with a mood disorder and 18,550 had anxiety. They compared...
    TEANECK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Thanks to a huge community effort, hundreds of families in New Jersey will now have food to put on the table this Thanksgiving. On Monday night, CBS2 outside Bryant Elementary School in Teaneck, where families picked up turkeys and other items to make their holiday special. READ MORE: Holiday Food Giveaways Needed This Year More Than Ever, As Pandemic Food Insecurity PersistsThe Bergen County NAACP organized the donation effort with Congressman Josh Gottheimer and local organizations. The NAACP started the drive last year, when things became more dire during the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Inflating Prices Increasing Need For Donations To New Jersey Food Pantries“If they come, they need it, we give it to them, and make sure they have a blessed Thanksgiving,” Bergen County NAACP President Jeff Carter said. “People need the help, and what’s so nice is that the community comes together to help folks,” Gottheimer added. MORE NEWS: Supply Chain Concerns Impacting Needs Of Community Food Bank Of New JerseyARE YOU IN NEED OF FOOD? Free food for New York City residents...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Her calls for help were ignored. Another victim of the Chicago Park District scandal involving young lifeguards comes forward after two scathing reports led to disciplinary action against dozens of employees and the resignation of the Park District Superintendent last month. READ MORE: Suspect In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy, Darrell Brooks, Charged With Murder; He Has Long Criminal RecordCBS 2 Investigator Megan Hickey reports this victim blew the whistle back in 2017. CBS 2 has the emails here to prove it, sent to city of Chicago beach managers and Human Resources asking to be reassigned because of the harassment she suffered. But she said no one responded. “She asked to be transferred she asked for them to do something. And she never received a response from anyone.  No response. Silence.” She’s listed as Jane Doe in the lawsuit filed Thursday against the Chicago Park District and three lifeguard employees. She worked as a junior lifeguard at Oak Street Beach, a coveted assignment, for four years starting in 2014 when she was just 16 years old. “The mates...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Gov. Larry Hogan joined Maryland state officials on Monday to honor those who lost their lives to impaired drivers. The ceremony comes right before the holidays, a time where impaired driving accidents are common. Just last year, more than 1,300 Marylanders were arrested for impaired driving between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. READ MORE: LIST: Which grocery stores & retailers are open on Thanksgiving?During Monday’s ceremony, Hogan announced that Maryland is one of the five states to receive a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association. The grant will offer impaired drivers $10 rideshare credits during the holiday season to reduce the risk of a deadly encounter on the road. “No one should ever get behind the wheel of a car and drive impaired, and we hope that this creative new initiative will encourage more Marylanders to make better choices,” the governor said. “Even one death is one too many, which is why we must continue working together, we must continue to tell the stories of those we have lost, and we must continue doing everything...
    Photo by Dave DeckerFor those who recall the grotesque circus of George Zimmerman’s 2013 trial, Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal felt painfully familiar. Like Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who stalked and shot a Black teenager, Rittenhouse claimed self-defense after provoking a confrontation. Rittenhouse, a white teenager, took an assault rifle to “defend” Kenosha, Wisconsin—a city 45 minutes from his Illinois home—against a Black Lives Matter demonstration. After lying about his medical credentials and pointing his gun at a bystander, Rittenhouse fatally shot a protester who chased him, then another who struck him with a skateboard, then shot an armed paramedic in the arm. “Initial aggressors” aren’t supposed to be entitled to claim self-defense. But the legal lines are blurry enough that aggression lies in the eye of the beholder—in other words, whom the system deems the “right” vigilante or the “right” victim. Even the three Georgia men who killed Ahmaud Arbery while making a “citizen’s arrest” for Jogging While Black nearly escaped prosecution; until video footage surfaced exposing what happened, the cops and the district attorney were happy to sweep the...