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    NEWARK, Calif. (KGO) -- The race is underway to produce and use the omicron variant's DNA to determine how well existing vaccines work against it, ahead of the first case surfacing in the U.S. The Bay Area is playing a key role in that.ATUM in Newark was the biotech lab that key researchers turned to when the delta variant emerged. Now there's urgent demand to get the omicron DNA."We want to know as quickly as possible, are the vaccines we've all been taking... is the Moderna and the BioNTech vaccines, are they sufficient to capture omicron or not? We don't really know," said Dr. Claes Gustafsson, ATUM's co-founder.RELATED: US gears up for possible cases of omicron as 1st cases detected in CanadaOrders started coming in Friday. ATUM can take the raw omicron data and produce thousands upon thousands of tubes with a single DNA sequence. From that, multiple copies can be made. Pharmaceutical companies will use the DNA to test the effectiveness of their vaccines. Others will determine how well antibody therapies work and whether diagnostic tests can identify omicron.VIDEO:...
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    (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 Oakland Unified School District has done so little to stave off its enormous looming budget deficit that the Alameda County Office of Education can intervene, state officials have concluded. Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L.K. Monroe had warned Oakland school board members last month she was concerned about the district’s reliance on one-time revenues to stay afloat instead of making the deep funding cuts needed. The school district is facing declining enrollment yet has failed to take any steps such as reducing staff levels or adopting a long-term financial plan, Monroe’s letter to the board explained. The school district needs to cut about $90 million, according to Monroe. Her letter ordered the district to hand over its “Board-approved, budget-balancing solutions” by Jan. 31, 2022 and noted the county will review its financial controls. “Because the District has yet to develop budget balancing solutions that do not rely on one-time funding solutions, and because there is an increased level of fiscal solvency uncertainty, ACOE will now provide more intensive intervention and support to the District,” Monroe wrote. In response, the...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock kicked off the holiday season with unveiling the “Gift Vending Machine” on 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver. Anyone can select a gift to donate to charity. Hancock says it’s a fun way to give back to the community. READ MORE: Home Repair Groups Help Denver Family Keep Home For Holidays (credit: CBS) It operates like a traditional vending machine. Donors can choose how much they want to spend on the donation. There are 30 items to choose from. This year’s local charities are The Crowley Foundation, Denver Rescue Mission, Jewish Family Services and Project Worthmore. READ MORE: National Western Stock Show Visitors To Have Many New Experiences In 2022“I am honored that they are here in Denver, Colorado. When I saw those machines it hit me that this is the spirit of Colorado. You’ll will be blown away by the generosity of the people in Denver, Colorado,” said Hancock. The cost of the machine and credit card fees are paid for by the Church of Latter Day Saints which means 100%...
    Top Biden administration officials are reportedly considering how the families of 9/11 victims could potentially seize frozen funds from the Taliban without the U.S. government legitimizing the group’s rule of Afghanistan.  Roughly 150 family members of victims who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks sued targets that included al Qaeda and the Taliban almost 20 years ago. The groups were later found liable in the legal battle and ordered to pay $7 billion in damages, but the families lacked a way to collect the payment, The New York Times reported on Monday.  The Taliban, which overtook Kabul in August, have said that Afghanistan’s central bank account at the Federal Reserve in New York belongs to them, and the plaintiffs in that lawsuit say some of that money should be redirected to them, according to the Times. The Biden administration intends to tell a court by Friday what outcome would be in the best national interest as the Justice Department works with the families' lawyers to discuss a possible deal to split up the money should the government support their efforts to...
    President Biden's gut reaction to the news that a deadly suicide bomb had gone off amid the American evacuation from Afghanistan has been revealed.  During an Afghanistan briefing on Aug. 26, head of US Central Command Gen. Frank McKenzie turned ashen as he was handed a piece of paper. He told the meeting, which he'd called into by video, that a bomb had been detonated near the Hamid Karzai Airport - four services members were already dead, three near dead, dozens more injured.  There were gasps throughout the room and Biden winced before going silent for a long pause. 'The worst that can happen has happened,' the president said once he broke the silence, meeting participants told the New York Times.  The death toll eventually rose to 13 US service members and over 170 Afghans.  The fateful event has since marred the Biden administration's record and defined the frenzied withdrawal that has scored criticism from both sides. Following the attack, which terror group ISIS-K later claimed, the US carried out a retaliatory drone strike, which they initially claimed killed a terrorist...
    (CNN)Elizabeth Holmes may be a victim of alleged sexual violence and intimate partner abuse. She may also be guilty of alleged fraud. Jill FilipovicOn Monday, Holmes testified in her own criminal trial, where she faces charges of fraud related to her disgraced blood testing company, Theranos. Holmes claimed her company was manufacturing a groundbreaking machine that could run a whole series of blood tests on a tiny amount of blood. In reality, prosecutors say, Holmes and the company's chief operating officer lied to investors about the machines' capabilities: The tests were often inaccurate, some of the test results the company was taking credit for weren't being run on the Theranos machine at all, and the company even sent false results to some consumers. Holmes has been charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In her recent testimony, Holmes said she dropped out of Stanford after being raped, and then found herself in a relationship with Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, who she says was abusive and controlling. Balwani went on to serve as COO of...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation’s first law requiring women on boards of publicly traded companies, he suggested it might not survive legal challenges. Three years later, a judge will begin hearing evidence Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that could undo the law credited with giving more women seats in boardrooms traditionally dominated by men. The California law has spurred other states to adopt or consider similar laws. The conservative legal group Judicial Watch brought the lawsuit that claims it’s illegal to use taxpayer funds to enforce a law that violates the equal protection clause of the California Constitution by mandating a gender-based quota. “They are creating a classification that either prefers or discriminates against one class or in preference of another,” attorney Robert Patrick Sticht said. He said the state doesn’t have a compelling government interest to create the mandate. Another conservative legal group has filed a separate lawsuit in federal court claiming the law violates the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of the...
    ACCIDENTS happen and it's easy to get frustrated with your iPhone. Pictures hold precious memories and when we accidentally delete them from our iPhone, it can be bothersome to us. 2Deleted photos could send an iPhone user into a panic, but there a couple quick solutions to fix the problem Why do people delete their iPhone pictures? The camera feature of the iPhone models are a notable reason why someone might choose the cellular device in the first place. The iPhone's high quality camera is enticing to people because it saves the trouble of having to carry a digital camera. The high resolution camera is just one of the many reasons people choose to carry an iPhone. With a number of apps and conveniences at our disposal, it's easy to click or tap something when you don't mean to. Most read in Phones & GadgetsNOT SO TRICKY Your iPhone's best trick is tucked away inside Photos app – do you know it?DON'T TOUCH! Three iPhone settings that you should NEVER change – check yours nowI-TAP How to unlock SECRET...
    Whether you’re a chronic last-minute shopper or have had a ridiculously busy Q4, we’re all guilty of forgetting to buy a gift for graduations, anniversaries, Christmas, baby showers, and, well, the list goes on. Even if that’s not the case, it can be especially challenging to gift someone who lives far away and that you won’t be seeing in real life anytime in the foreseeable future, which is why finding last-minute gifts you can send online is frankly a game-changer. After all, having the forethought to shop for the appropriate gift for the occasion or event in question, wrap it and then send it off in time is something that can seem nearly impossible—regardless of what time of year it is. Because I too am a lifelong procrastinator (I literally wait until Christmas eve to do my gift shopping every damn year without fail) I’ve rounded up a few solid gifts you can send online—many of which arrive instantly via email. Best of all, these e-gifts, if you will, are actually thoughtful, so they won’t give away the fact that...
    Abortion justice advocates rally at the Supreme Court in 2020. In yet another week without a Supreme Court decision on Texas’ six-week abortion ban, SB 8, abortion justice advocates aren’t taking our eyes off the ball just yet. Tomorrow, Dec. 1, the court will hear arguments regarding a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Lower courts prohibited the ban from going into effect, but the Supreme Court decided to accept the case and will consider “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” This is the kind of case abortion providers, funds, and advocates have been warning us of for years, trying to get through to the Susan Collinses of the world who believe extremist right-wing Supreme Court justices will automatically respect precedent. The alarming truth is that this case has the potential to drastically change the landscape of abortion access in the U.S. as we know it. Despite a large swath of the country already being in a post-Roe environment, the reality is that it can get much, much worse. No matter what...
    Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love made a beautiful full-court outlet assist that went for 70 feet and 2 points against the Dallas Mavericks.   Kevin Love hasn’t had an easy time of it as the veteran face of the Cavaliers franchise. Once LeBron James departed for Los Angeles, Love embraced the title of face of the franchise. In the seasons since then, Love hasn’t delivered as expected as the Cavaliers’ big man who once brought the team a 2016 NBA Championship. The 2021 season has been markedly different, as Love has transitioned into an offensive hub of sorts from the bench squad. While Love only played 17 minutes in the Cavaliers’ Nov. 29 game versus the Dallas Mavericks, Love flashed his brilliance in a magnificent full-court assist that traveled 70 feet to Darius Garland for a quick 2-point basket. Kevin Love outlet passes aren’t a thing of the past just yetDespite the limited minutes, Love made a difference on the court, scoring 10 points, five rebounds and three assists against Dallas. He also made three of four field goals...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s top doctor said the Omicron variant of COVID-19 could be detected in Chicago very soon. Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Omicron emerged quickly in South Africa and while it’s concerning, the COVID vaccine is still the best defense. READ MORE: Cook County Surpasses 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994“As of yesterday (Monday), it had already been detected in Africa and Asia, Australia, Europe, in Canada,” Arwady said. “It had not been detected in the U.S., but I have no reason to think that there are not at least a few cases of it here and I would expect us to be formally detecting it in days or weeks.” Arwady added “I’m concerned about it. No, the sky is not falling, but we need to be serious and we need to get people vaccinated.” The city’s school district will kick off a pilot program that starts in one unnamed school to test for COVID for students that consent to be tested. It’s called Test to Stay and it’s where...
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urged voters, including independent and Democrat voters, to back the GOP ticket in the 2022 midterm elections. According to McCarthy, the key to solving many of the nation’s woes would be to “fire” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “You know, the sad part about it, you’re right, Sean,” he said. Had Joe Biden done nothing in office, literally gone to sleep, our country would be stronger. We’d be energy-independent. It wouldn’t be China and Russia winning. It’d be America that was winning. Our borders would be secure. We wouldn’t have rising inflation. This is the problem. One-party rule in one year.” “But the good news is, Sean, in less than one year, we can fix this country if we fire Nancy Pelosi,” McCarthy continued. “That’s why I need everybody to go to FirePelosi.com, join the fight. And it’s not just Republicans who should join us, Democrats, independents. If you care about this country, if you want to change the course of history, we can do it, and we can make it happen.” Follow Jeff...
    Photo via Prince Midnight/InstagramHave you ever wanted to tell Lars Ulrich how you really feel about the drums on St. Anger? Do you feel some kind of monster brewing in your gut right now? A concert in Tampa will give you the chance to vent everything but your spleen on a toilet designed to look like the famed Metallica drummer. The unsettling design comes courtesy of Prince Midnight, a musician and sculptor who famously claims to have made a guitar out of his uncle's bones. While the provenance of his skeletal guitar is unclear, there's no denying the commode's resemblance to Lars (he even has little drumsticks if you're on the fence). The Lars toilet. Installed and fully functional. Available for public use Dec 3 in the bathroom of Brass Mug during the @princemidnightx concert. Be there! Hail Lars! #larsulrich #Metallica #toilet #bathroom #art pic.twitter.com/4b5bBC3EuD— Prince Midnight (@princemidnightx) November 24, 2021 The Ulrich throne even has the approval of long-time Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo. In an interview with MMA Junkie, the host surprised him with a shot of the much-shared toilet....
    AT first glance, this elephant tattoo seems quite sweet but the artwork is hiding something very X-rated. The black and white tattoo is of what appears to be a daddy elephant with an adorable baby elephant beneath its legs. 1The elephant tattoo has a rude mistakeCredit: Reddit Tropical leaves are used to decorate any of the spaces between the parent and the baby. But as you look closer, the elephant's trunk is not really a drunk but in fact drawn in the shape of a penis. The unfortunate mistake was shared on Reddit where users weighed in on the questionable image. One wrote: "Besides the penis trunk, the rest of the tattoo is pretty good" Another said: " Easy fix at least." While another user said they refused to believe the shape of the trunk was a mistake but instead, entirely "intentional". Most read in THE SUNDEADLY WRECKAGE 1 dead and 4 others airlifted to hospital after train crashes into carExclusiveLASHING OUT NFL star 'hit ex while she was holding baby' weeks before attack caught on camExclusivelast...
    Fallen reality star Josh Duggar ignored questions today as he arrived for day one of a federal child pornography trial that could see him locked up for 40 years. Duggar, 33, clasped hands with his wife Anna and strode purposely past TV cameras as the pair arrived at the John Paul Hammerschmidt federal courthouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday.  Asked how he was feeling, Duggar, wearing a dark navy suit, white shirt and polka dot tie, and Anna, wearing a black dress, both stared straight ahead before entering the building, where phones and electronic devices have been banned for the duration of proceedings. Duggar, famous for appearing in TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, was charged in April with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty and jury selection is due to start today.   An evidentiary hearing was held on Monday ahead of jury selection to determine whether two witnesses, including Duggar's father Jim Bob Duggar,...
    It's been a rough year to buy a new car and 2022 doesn't look much better. Average transaction prices hit a record above $46,000 in October due to low inventories and its going to be a while before the situation returns to normal. The increase is also the result of a market shift toward trucks and SUVs and many customers buying high end models, but there are still a few economy cars being offered with low suggested retail prices. That's not to say dealers won't try to squeeze a little more out of the sale. We've found examples of the three cheapest cars on sale with markups ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, but there are plenty listed at sticker price.NISSAN VERSA The Nissan Versa is the lowest-priced sedan available in the U.S. (Nissan) The Nissan Versa sedan's price increased by just $100 for 2022 to $16,055, which gets you a 122 hp four-cylinder engine, manual transmission and a surprisingly roomy cabin for the segment.MITSUBISHI MIRAGE The Mitsubishi Mirage is the least-powerful car on sale. (Mitsubishi) The Mirage's 76...
    A WOMAN has claimed she makes £5,000-a-month as a virtual assistant - and her job can be based anywhere around the world. The best part about the role, according to Lily May, is you don’t need any experience or qualifications to get started. 5TikTok user Lily May claims she makes £5,000 a month as a virtual assistantCredit: TikTok/@lilymaycreative 5Lily uploaded a video on her job and how you can get started without any qualificationsCredit: TikTok/@lilymaycreative Posting on TikTok under @lilymaycreative, she wrote: “How I started making £5k/month as a virtual assistant (with no experience).” She said the first step is choosing the type of businesses you want to work with, and she listed the examples of “photographers, beauty brands, designers, fitness coaches.” Next, you should choose what services you’d like to offer.  These can include Instagram or Pinterest management or looking after their admin tasks like going through emails and their diary. Then you need to market your business and book clients, and Lily recommended using Upwork or Instagram. She added: “Charge £20/hr initially. Work up to £50/hr.” Finally she...
    THE NINTENDO Switch continues to be a popular console and to maintain its value. That can make it tricky to find a good price on the gaming device, but fear not: we’ve rounded up some of the best Nintendo Switch deals out there. Nintendo 7 We’ve picked some of the best Nintendo Switch deals around Whether you want a Switch bundle or just the console itself, Nintendo’s gaming guru isn’t going anywhere for now. The new Nintendo Switch OLED version is officially available on Amazon and from authorised retailers now, so the console’s popularity remains strong. If you want to know more about it, here is our Nintendo Switch OLED review. The release of the new model, however, can make it tricky to find a deal on the console too, and demand has sometimes been higher than supply too in the last year. While we recommend shopping around wherever possible to get the top deals, below are some of the best we’ve found. We’ll be updating this list regularly too, so check back. This article and featured products have...
    Shoppers carry purchases from a Best Buy store on Black Friday in San Carlos, California, U.S., on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images Before you grab that great deal through a store's special financing offer, make sure you know what you are signing up for. About half of retailers offer credit cards with deferred interest, yet 56% of Americans don't know how the financing strategy actually works, a study from personal finance website WalletHub found. It polled more than 300 U.S. adults in October. That lack of knowledge could mean a big bill for you down the line. While you pay no interest or a reduced rate for a period of time, you may get a high regular APR retroactively applied to your original purchase amount if you pay one month's bill late or even owe as little as $1 when the promotional period ends. For instance, if you charged $800 on a normal credit card that had a 0% APR promotion for six months, and it takes you seven months to pay it off, you'd owe...
    Despite being the size of a grain of salt, a new microscopic camera can capture crisp, full-colour images on par with normal lenses that are 500,000 times larger. The ultra-compact optical device was developed by a team of researchers from Princeton University and the University of Washington. It overcomes problems with previous micro-sized camera designs, which have tended to take only distorted and fuzzy images with very limited fields of view. The new camera could allow super-small robots to sense their surroundings, or even help doctors see problems within the human body. Despite being the size of a grain of salt, a new microscopic camera design can capture crisp, full-colour images on par with lenses 500,000 times larger. Pictured: the tiny camera MAKING THE CAMERA  The so-called metasurface, which allows the camera to capture quality images even though it is so small, was fabricated by University of Washington optical engineer James Whitehead. They are made of silicon nitride, a glass-like material which is, usefully, compatible with the semiconductor manufacturing methods presently used to produce computer chips. This, the researchers explained, means that...
    WHEN heading out for a run or hitting the gym, you want to be secure in the knowledge your sports bra is up to standard to ensure you’re supported. The best sports bra will minimise bounce and keep everything in place and comfortable whether you’re an AA or a DD cup, and above. Getty - Contributor 14 Studies show breasts move in all directions when exercising – as much as 14cm There are tons of different models available out there so make sure you choose one that is appropriate to your size and your workout activity. If you’re wearing anything above a C cup, there’s also a few things to keep in mind to avoid painful boob bouncing. For more tips you can check out our guide of the best sport bras for large-breasted women. When it comes to the fit, bear in mind that a sports bra should feel tighter than your standard bra to keep you more supported. Not sure which one to pick? We did the research, so you don’t have to. We tested: Lululemon’s Wunder...
    In this article MO BATS-GB PM Philip Morris International shows an iQOS electronic cigarette, which heats tobacco sticks but does not burn them.Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty ImagesAltria and Philip Morris International are no longer able to sell or import Iqos tobacco devices in the U.S. after the Biden administration opted to take no action on an ongoing patent dispute. Rival R.J. Reynolds, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco, had filed a claim with the U.S. International Trade Commission. In late September, the ITC ruled that the Iqos device infringed on two of Reynolds' patents. As part of the process, the Biden administration conducted a 60-day administrative review and decided to not take any action to reverse the ITC's decision. "Today's announcement provides a measure of success for our enforcement of IP rights to ensure we can continue to innovate, as is common practice among innovation-based industries," British American Tobacco Assistant General Counsel Gareth Cooper said in a statement. Altria launched the Iqos device in the United States two years ago, but it began development of the product more than a decade...
    “I am selling almost all physical possessions. Will own no house.” By Elon Musk’s standards, his May 2020 tweet wasn’t all that weird. “Possessions kind of weigh you down,” he said on a podcast a few days later, and went on to list seven homes in California. In December, he announced he’d moved to Texas. His charitable foundation followed and, soon, Tesla Inc. will too. But what first seemed like a case of billionaire wanderlust, or pique with California’s Covid restrictions, now looks more and more like shrewd anticipation of the big tax bill that’s coming Musk’s way. The sale of the California properties — including a Bay Area luxury estate, a Bel Air mansion and a ranch house once owned by Gene Wilder — enable the Tesla co-founder to declare he’s no longer a resident of a state that’s home to the nation’s highest income taxes on the wealthy. At least five of the residences were sold to buyers who borrowed money from none other than Musk himself, property records show, helping smooth the way for deals to close. The transactions will...
    THERE has been no wrinkle in time for these age-defying celebrities who look decades younger than they really are. Amanda Holden revealed at the weekend that her friends call her Mandy Button because she seems to be getting younger like the Brad Pitt character Benjamin Button. 13Amanda Holden doesn't look a day older than she did almost 20 years ago on the left The presenter turned 50 earlier this year and doesn’t think she looks her age. The mother-of-two credits her good looks to genetics and maintains her figure by running, doing yoga and sticking to a vegetarian diet - though she does "love a drink". Amanda says: "I don’t think I look 50 but I don’t think I look 30. I have been called Mandy Button in the past, which is such a flattering thing.” And she is certainly not the only famous person to have discovered the secret to staying youthful... Carol Vorderman 13Former Countdown star Carol Vorderman is more glam now (right) than was 25 years back (left) Sixty years plus Carol's figure just doesn't add up...
    GUESTS were left baffled after receiving these very strict rules from a bride ahead of her wedding. The list of ‘don’ts’ was included in the invitation to guests, stating all of the things that would be banned from her ceremony and reception.  1A bride has shared the very strict list of rules for her wedding guestsCredit: Redditt While some rules such as a ban on chewing gum, Apple watches and mobile phones seemed more than reasonable, other restrictions seemed less than so. Anyone attending the wedding must not wear any rubber bands on their wrists at the request of the bride and flip flops (specifically from Old Navy) will also receive a big thumbs down. Sneaking glow sticks into the venue is strictly prohibited as is drinking beer from a bottle on the dance floor. In fact guests have been asked to avoid drinking any beer at all until after the photographer has left. The bride signed off the instructions, writing: “Questions, comments, concerns not allowed.” The list of rules has since been shared on Reddit where it has left...
    American scientists have discovered the world’s first ‘creature’ Robot ‘ (Living robots). Not only that, but this too Robot Scientists said they could also do reproductive work. Living robots are also called Xenobots. Scientists have created the world’s first ‘living, self-healing’ robot using frog stem cells from African frogs. Xenobots was first released in 2020. Their size is very small. After this, experiments show that they (‘living robots’) can walk, work in groups, heal themselves, and live for many days without food. Scientists say – Now scientists at the University of Vermont, Duffts University and Harvard University’s Voice Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering claim to have discovered a different biological prognosis than the biological predictions of animals or plants. This pattern or morphology is different from any other form. ‘Living Robot’ – This robot is an updated version of the Xenobots biological robot. It was released last year. Scientists have created this living robot using frog stem cells. This little robot can do many things at once. Web Title: xenobot living robot Scientists say the world’s first...
    CAN you spot the camouflaged snakes lurking in the grass in this image? The slippery snakes left social media users scratching their heads after it was shared online by Aussie snake catchers. 2Can you spot the pair of snakes slithering around amongst the long grass?Credit: Jam Press Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional snake-catching service based in Queensland, Australia, uploaded the brainteaser to their Facebook page. The snake specialists explained the pair of reptiles had been spotted "basking in the sun right next to each other" by one of their experts, Dave. As part of their weekly game of 'Spot the Snake Sunday', they challenged Facebook users to find the camouflaged serpents amongst the long grass. But the image had some people worried about their vision as they were unable to locate it amongst the greenery. The team wrote in a post: "Today we are making it a little bit more challenging. "Not only do you have to spot all the snakes but you have to name the species. Both photos were taken on the Sunshine Coast. Most read in...
    (CNN)Earlier this month, Austria took a step once unthinkable for a Western democracy: It announced that Covid-19 vaccinations would become compulsory for its entire population. Up until then, governments around the world had rejected the idea of a universal coronavirus vaccine mandate, opting instead for incentives and other "nudges" to motivate people to get shots. Even in authoritarian states, like China, it is not mandatory policy. Austria's extraordinary move came just days after it introduced a lockdown for the unvaccinated -- a restriction that went farther than other European nations in singling out the people who have been driving a worrying surge in hospitalizations. The series of decisions leading Austria to this point reflects the desperate position governments find themselves in as they look to protect public health systems and tentative economic recoveries as cases soar across Europe. The continent is once again ground zero for the global pandemic, despite the widespread availability of vaccines. It is that irony that has drawn the ire of Europe's leaders, who are growing increasingly frustrated by vaccine skeptics and other pockets of the...
    JIM Bob Duggar has been slammed for insisting he "can't remember" the details of son Josh's past molestation controversy. In 2015, the Counting On patriarch, 65, had told police that Josh, 33, had confessed to touching underage girls in the family home between 2002 and 2003. 4Jim Bob Duggar has been slammed for insisting he 'can't remember' the details of Josh's molestation scandalCredit: Getty 4He was forced to testify against Josh as part of his son's child pornography trialCredit: AP Jim Bob was forced to take the stand in an Arkansas court on Monday to testify on behalf of the prosecution in Josh's ongoing child pornography trial. Josh is on this week for child pornography charges from his April 2021 arrest.  Jim Bob repeatedly claimed he couldn't remember the details of Josh's admissions that he had touched the victims, who were called Jane Does 1 to 4, PEOPLE reported. "This was something for a young man to come forward," he said, calling it a "juvenile record" and a "sealed case."  The reality star then claimed "I can't remember" when...
    BRITS are set for a challenging winter and the vulnerable have been urged to come forward for their coronavirus booster jab. In a major change, people can now book their shot a month in advance so no time is wasted. 1Experts have urged all those eligible to come forward for their booster vaccines as temperatures continue to fall as we head into winterCredit: LNP For the first time, the NHS will be inviting those who had their second dose more than five months ago, allowing people to book their top-up jab in advance of becoming eligible when they reach six months. Pharmacies, GP practices and large community sites are offering slots. But people eligible can also turn up to a walk-in centre. Getting a third vaccine shot will ensure you have the optimal level of protection against Covid this winter. The Sun is also urging Brits to come forward for their booster jabs after launching the Give Britain a Booster campaign. Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “NHS staff are making it as...
    THERE are just three weeks to save Christmas as a raft of new restrictions are brought in today to quell a worrying new super-strain of Covid. Millions more Brits can now get booster vaccines, while compulsory face masks are back in shops and on public transport, and anyone heading away on holiday will face PCR tests on their return. 3Millions more Brits can now get a Covid booster vaccine after the Government extended the age groups of those who can book a third jabCredit: LNP 3Compulsory face masks are being reintroduced on public transport and in shopsCredit: AFP Officials are desperately scrambling to stop the spread of the Omicron mutation, which is feared to be more transmissible than Delta. There are also concerns it could make jabs less effective. Eleven cases of the variant have now been reported in the UK, with two more infections emerging in London and six in Scotland. Ministers say Christmas should go ahead as planned, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid telling the nation at the weekend that we're "nowhere near" a full lockdown yet. But he...
    College lecturer Mark Jenkins first heard about the clinical trial that saved his life from a tweet.  The actor Stephen Fry, who had prostate cancer in 2017, flagged up 'an important prostate cancer trial', adding: 'Do consider offering yourself for this', which led to Mark enrolling. It was thanks to the trial at Imperial College London, which was investigating a new, fast way to detect the disease, that Mark was found to have an aggressive tumour despite not having any symptoms. 'Without that study I wouldn't be here now,' he says, two years after undergoing surgery that may have saved his life. College lecturer Mark Jenkins first heard about the clinical trial that saved his life from a tweet from Stephen Fry Researchers believe that the speedy type of MRI scan that revealed Mark's tumour could be a reliable method for early detection of aggressive prostate cancers — and lead to a national screening programme for the disease, saving hundreds of lives a year. Currently, the first stage in diagnosis is a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test, usually done at...
    (CNN)Mitch McConnell would like everyone in the Republican Party to forget all about Donald Trump -- and the last four years."I do think we need to be thinking about the future and not the past," McConnell told CNN's Manu Raju last month when asked about candidates embracing Trump. "I think the American people are focusing on this administration, what it's doing to the country, and it's my hope the '22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020."You'll notice that McConnell didn't say the words "Donald Trump" at all in that quote. In fact, the Senate minority leader appears to be doing his damndest to not ever utter the name of the former President publicly these days.The problem with that strategy? Donald Trump.The former President simply can't stop talking about McConnell. Trump's latest came on the day after Thanksgiving when he did an interview with Fox Business.Read More"It's not infrastructure and we had 19 Republicans voting for it," Trump said of the $1 trillion...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Following Cyber Monday, today is Giving Tuesday. READ MORE: State Police Selling Yard Signs To Help Fund Shop With A Cop Event In Westmoreland CountyGiving Tuesday was launched in New York in 2012, and quickly spread across the country, sparking the donations of hundreds of millions of dollars to various groups around the country, and right here in Pittsburgh. It’s an important day for charities and non-profits every year, but it’s extra special this year as Pittsburghers head toward a second holiday season amid the COVID pandemic. Locally, Give Big Pittsburgh is the central hub for anyone interested in donating online. READ MORE: 1 Killed, 3 Injured In Route 30 CrashThe site has links to hundreds of area organizations accepting donations. One such organization is 412 Food Rescue, which focuses on preventing food waste and providing healthy food to those most in need of it. Co-founder and CEO Leah Lizarondo said her non-profit is just as dedicated this year as it was last year when many quarantined Americans struggled through an unprecedented pandemic....
    CHINA (KABC) -- It's always an exciting moment for parents when they see their child take their first steps.It's even more exciting when their child can snowboard before their first birthday, and there's a family living near Beijing that can claim that moment as their own.Wang Yuji, who is only 11 months old, learned to snowboard before she could walk.It's true! There's even video to prove it.Her family shared footage of the baby hitting the slopes. You'll notice she doesn't cry a single time.Now, she's become an internet sensation and a rising snowboarding star. What's next? The possibilities are endless for this cool baby.READ ALSO | ABC7's Leslie Lopez gets adorable 'interruption' from her toddler on live TVEMBED More News Videos Baby on the move! ABC7's Leslie Lopez had a surprise visitor during her morning weather forecast. There is no stopping adorable baby Nolan now that he can walk!
    Wobbling on a vibrating plate might sound like a fairground ride but, in fact, it may have genuine health benefits. Research shows that just six weeks of vibration therapy can lead to improved memory and mobility in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). It may also be beneficial for conditions ranging from arthritis, Alzheimer’s and depression, to type 2 diabetes, lung disease, incontinence and high blood pressure. ‘The potential for vibration therapy is huge,’ says Professor Raj Persad, a consultant urologist at North Bristol NHS Trust. ‘It has positive effects on muscle which, in turn, affects blood supply, the heart, hormones, brain tissue and the bones.’ Medically known as whole-body vibration therapy (WBV), it involves standing, sitting or lying on a metal platform that vibrates typically for between ten and 20 minutes — with up to three sessions a week. Research shows that just six weeks of vibration therapy can lead to improved memory and mobility in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). It may also be beneficial for conditions ranging from arthritis, Alzheimer’s and depression, to type 2 diabetes, lung disease,...
    OUT of all our everyday beauty products, perfume is by the far most personal - after all, nothing transports you back to a moment in time quite like your favourite fragrance. But while we always thought our collection was spiralling out of control, this TikTok star has enough fragrances to rival a beauty counter - literally. 5The TikToker shared the three perfumes which gets her the most attention from menCredit: hebesy/TIKTOK 5These are just a glimpse of her full perfume collectionCredit: hebesy/TIKTOK Earlier this year, TikToker @hebesy went viral when she gave her followers a glimpse of her HUNDREDS of bottles of perfume. On the pricier end of things, the keen beauty fan has four bottles of Byredo scents - which can cost up to £130 - as well as five Jo Malone, two Giorgio Armani and two Tom Ford fragrances. In a video that's been viewed over 3.7 MILLION times, the woman revealed that out of her hundreds of fragrances, there are only three men can't resist. She wrote: "When you have a huge collection of perfume but guys...
    DENVER (AP) — Vic Fangio didn’t pay much attention when the Kansas City Chiefs stumbled to a 3-4 start. All he knows is they’ve fixed whatever was broken, haven’t lost since October and “they’re back to being the Chiefs again.” The same juggernaut that’s won the AFC West every year since 2016 while piling up a cumulative 73-28 record while the Broncos had stumbled to a 38-53 mark since winning Super Bowl 50. The Chiefs (7-4), fresh off a bye, opened as 9½-point favorites, according to FanDuel SportsBook. So, what makes Fangio think the Broncos (6-5) can go into Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night and beat Kansas City for the first time in a dozen tries? “ We’re better than the recent Broncos teams,” Fangio said. “We got a better team.” One that’s loaded with young talent that points to a bright future in Denver, maybe even in the short term Sunday when a win would vault the Broncos into first place in the AFC West, a spot they haven’t seen since Peyton Manning was their quarterback. The Broncos had...
    CHRISTMAS time can drain our bank accounts, but you don’t have to spend a fortune making a festive lunch to remember. I’ve devised a delicious three-course menu that costs just £5 per person, or £20 for a family of four, and this feast scrimps on nothing so you will be stuffed as full as a turkey by the time you have finished. 8Christmas time can drain our bank accounts, but today I’ve devised a delicious three-course menu that costs just £5 per person, or £20 for a family of fourCredit: Shutterstock Even better, everything on my menu can be made ahead of time and froze1  n ready to go, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with the family on the big day. Give it a go – I promise you will never have to slave away in the kitchen on December 25 again. Check out my weekly column next Tuesday for even more festive recipes you can make ahead of the big day. Follow The Batch Lady on Instagram and Facebook @thebatchlady. 8Give it a go...
    DISTRACTED driving goes beyond the rules of talking on a cell phone. Many states have laws which includes what falls under distracted driving and eating and driving is on that list. 1Distracted driving is considered a moving violation in many states According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,142 people died in 2019 from distracted driving. Decide to Drive, a campaign to stop distracted driving, found eating while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. There are laws across the country for distracted driving, but the fines vary by state. Distracted driving goes beyond texting and driving. It's important to understand what you may face if you decide to take a sip of coffee or a bite of your burger while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is considered a moving violation in many states. Most read in moneyN-ICE TIP Woman’s clever towel hack will stop your car windscreen freezing overnightNOT FINE Drivers warned over parking tickets - as motorists risk having to pay even MOREHITTING THE ROAD What to know about driving without a licenseTAKE...
    As far as holy grails in medicine are concerned, you don’t get one much more significant than a cure for dementia. It’s the condition many of us fear most, as the disease slowly but inexorably obliterates the mind. We’ve been waiting for a breakthrough treatment for decades, yet despite billions spent on drug development and research by governments and companies worldwide, the majority of candidates have fallen by the wayside. Some experimental medicines have even had the opposite of the intended effect, actually worsening brain function. And the only drugs currently available simply tackle specific symptoms of mild to moderate dementia — there is nothing that can slow down the disease or prevent it. So, understandably, there was huge excitement and hopeful headlines recently after the first new medicine for Alzheimer’s (the most common type of dementia) in two decades was approved by the U.S. regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As far as holy grails in medicine are concerned, you don’t get one much more significant than a cure for dementia The drug, aducanumab (brand name, Aduhelm), works...
    If you’ve been following the SEC this season, you probably found yourself looking ahead and wondering what a conference title game between Alabama and Georgia would look like. We’ve all heard the talk. The Dawgs dominated each opponent this season, while the Tide found a way to get to Atlanta after a few close calls. But it’s always been about this game and whether Georgia could finally finish this thing off. Georgia opened as a 6.5 point favorite, according to FanDuel.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Georgia fans celebrate their 41-17 win over Tennessee in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) It’s hard to walk away and not talk about that looming giant when you’re consistently dominating opponents. Let’s face it, Georgia hasn’t had to play a four-quarter game in a while. So it could’ve been easy for them to look ahead. But they didn’t. Georgia players and coaches have been getting the question about the collision course in Atlanta for the past month now, but most...
    RETIREES eligible for Social Security can choose when to begin claiming the benefits. Delaying that claim is proving to be a wise move for millions. 1Delaying your Social Security claim can lead to bigger payments Upon retiring, you can choose when to file for Social Security benefits. While the amount of your benefits is dependant upon your salary, opting to delay your claim can result in bigger monthly payments down the line. That's because claiming benefits before you reach full retirement age can come with penalties. Not only that but claiming before age 70 means refusing delayed retirement credits, which can boost monthly payments. The credits provide an 8% increase in benefits annually, so the longer you delay your claim, the more money you'll accrue. You can only earn these credits until age 70, so delaying your claim past then will not have any additional effect on your monthly payment. But the longer you delay your claim up to age 70, the bigger of a boost your monthly payments will receive. Most read in MoneyMONEY BAGS New 'stimulus' check to...
    ELIGIBLE California residents are receiving more aid beginning today. The next batch of Golden State Stimulus II paper checks is being mailed out ahead of the holiday season. 1Payments of up to $1,100 are being sent out to some California residents The last batch of around 750,000 checks was mailed out on November 15, totaling around $555million in aid, according to the California Franchise Tax Board. The aid is part of the state's ongoing stimulus program, intending to help folks affected by the Covid pandemic. Around 9 million residents are slated to receive checks before the end of the year. Qualifying residents will receive as little as $500 and up to $1,100 depending on their scenario. Most read in MoneyXMAS TOP-UP ‘Surprise’ stimulus check updates – States offer up to $1.1k ‘holiday cash’XMAS BONUS Surprise $1,000 stimulus checks being sent out in five states before ChristmasSANTA STIMULUS ‘Surprise’ $300 stimulus check to be sent out in time for ChristmasACT FAST Urgent deadline for $1,400 'fourth stimulus check' - here's who's eligibleSTIM WIN 'Surprise' bonus stimulus check of $285 for families...
    (CNN)The US scientists who created the first living robots say the life forms, known as xenobots, can now reproduce -- and in a way not seen in plants and animals.Formed from the stem cells of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) from which it takes its name, xenobots are less than a millimeter (0.04 inches) wide. The tiny blobs were first unveiled in 2020 after experiments showed that they could move, work together in groups and self-heal. Now the scientists that developed them at the University of Vermont, Tufts University and Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering said they have discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction different from any animal or plant known to science."I was astounded by it," said Michael Levin, a professor of biology and director of the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University who was co-lead author of the new research."Frogs have a way of reproducing that they normally use but when you ... liberate (the cells) from the rest of the embryo and you give them a chance to figure out how...
    In a potential breakthrough for regenerative medicine, scientists have created the first-ever living robots that can reproduce.  The millimetre-sized living machines, called Xenobots 3.0, are neither traditional robots nor a species of animal, but living, programmable organisms. Made from frog cells, the computer-designed organisms, created by a US team, gather single cells inside a Pac-Man-shaped 'mouth' and release 'babies' that look and move like their parents.   Self-replicating living bio-robots could enable more direct, personalised drug treatment for traumatic injury, birth defects, cancer, ageing and more.  Xenobots 3.0 can gather hundreds of single cells, compress them and assemble them into 'babies' released from their Pac-Man-shaped mouths WHAT ARE XENOBOTS?Xenobots are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal, but a living, programmable organism. They are made out of adapted stem cells from Xenopus laevis, an African species of frog.  Their shape has been designed by a computer to be able to replicate over multiple generations.   No animal or plant known to science replicates in this way. Xenobots will help developed computer-designed organisms for intelligent drug delivery.   Xenobots are the work...
    NOT trying to stress anyone out - but we officially have less than a month to go before Christmas. And while we're busy sorting out the logistics of the day and how we're going to feed all the family, our kids are constantly asking us for updates on Santa's schedule. 5Your kids can watch Santa LIVE on YouTube 5They can also see what the elves are up to as wellCredit: YouTube 5Even the reindeers feature too Sound familiar? Then we'll let you into a little secret. Over on Festive Studio's YouTube channel, you and the kids can watch a constant live stream from the North Pole 24 hours a day. The totally free resource gives kids insight into every aspect of the huge Christmas operation Santa and his team of elves pull off every year. Every few minutes, the live stream jumps between the mailroom, wrapping paper station, workshop, office, reindeer pen and Santa's living room. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED And while Santa is rarely seen taking a much-needed break with Mrs Claus,...