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    Prince Harry has risked another public rift with his father after claiming he raised concerns about the donor in the ‘cash for access’ scandal. The Duke of Sussex said last night he had ‘severed ties’ with Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz a year before Prince Charles presented the controversial Saudi billionaire with a CBE. Harry said he had ‘concerns’ over the businessman’s ‘motives’. He made the comments after it was revealed that he had held a private meeting with Mr Mahfouz, who has given tens of thousands of pounds to charities associated with the duke. The billionaire is embroiled in claims that he showered money on charitable causes close to the Prince of Wales in the hope of obtaining an honour and British citizenship. Harry is said to have become concerned about Mr Mahfouz in 2014 and wound down their relationship the following year, having met him twice. But in an extraordinary statement which could spark a family rift, Harry said he had no involvement in what he described as the ‘CBE scandal’, insisted he had concerns about the Saudi businessman’s ‘motives’...
    PRINCE Harry was last night accused of making his father look foolish as he tried to distance himself from a cash for honours scandal. The Duke of Sussex released a statement yesterday insisting he cut ties with a controversial Saudi billionaire at the centre of Prince Charles’ honours probe because of “concerns over his motives”. 2Harry insisted he cut ties with Mahfouz because of 'concerns' over the billionaire’s 'motives' 2Royal experts said Harry’s statement had left Charles looking foolish by passing the buck to his fatherCredit: Reuters Harry, 37, reportedly took a £50,000 charity donation in 2013 from Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz — who hinted that he would give millions more. The relationship cleared the way for Mahfouz to meet his father, 73. The billionaire went on to donate more than £1.5million to Charles’ charities before controversially being made a CBE in 2016. The awarding of the honour is now the focus of a police investigation, which sparked the resignation of Charles’ top aide, Michael Fawcett. Harry insisted he cut ties with Mahfouz amid doubts over the billionaire’s intentions....
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Joni Ernst on Sunday urged President Joe Biden to be "very clear and very strong" in his upcoming call with Russian President Vladimir Putin as US officials grow increasingly concerned about a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia."I do think that President Biden needs to be very clear and very strong in his message to Vladimir Putin," the Iowa Republican told Fox News Sunday. "He needs to say to Vladimir Putin that we are no longer going to allow you to continue with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and we need you to know and understand that we will defend Ukraine and we will provide them assistance. He needs to make that very clear," Ernst said, referring to the controversial new pipeline built to move natural gas from Russia to Germany.A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Ernst stressed the need for Biden to push back against what she called "a very aggressive action" by Russia after reports of an increased Russian military presence at the Russia-Ukraine border suggested Russia could launch a military attack on...
    A transgender woman was fatally shot in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Friday, December 3. According to the Oakland Police Department, the woman, identified as Nikai David of Hayward, Calif., was found suffering from a gunshot wound that reportedly took place on Castro Street in West Oakland. David was pronounced dead at the scene. While the police department insists there is no evidence to suggest the shooting was a hate crime, David's death has reignited concerns about the safety of transgender people. Speaking to KTVU, Ashlee Banks also shared her concerns about the shooting as she mourned the loss of her friend. "Nikai was really sweet. She was a happy, fun person," Banks said. "I was really devastated when I found out, when I got the news." She added, "I know there was some type of physical altercation that led to my sister getting shot in her head." READ: Religious Trauma Syndrome: Former Christian explains how organized religion can lead to mental health problems In wake of Nikai's...
    LANCASTER, Calif. (CNS) -- Elected officials are speaking out against a judge's decision to allow a sexually violent predator to reside in the Antelope Valley.Lawtis Rhoden, 72, was either convicted or pleaded guilty to multiple child rapes and other sexual assaults in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and Nashville, Tennessee, beginning in 1969.He was committed to California's Department of State Hospitals after spending nearly 20 years in state prison. The Orange County Superior Court found him suitable for supervised release in 2019, setting off a long process in which officials worked to find a location for him to reside amid predictable opposition from residents and politicians.Orange County Superior Court Judge Megan Wagner ruled Friday that Rhoden will be placed in the Antelope Valley under supervised release."With this ruling, Judge Wagner has made a decision that blatantly dismissed the concerns voiced by the community. I am frustrated and feel the concerns of my constituents fell on deaf ears,'' Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Friday.READ ALSO | Inland Empire residents concerned about potential relocation of 'sexually violent...
    LANCASTER (CBSLA) – Elected officials are speaking out against a judge’s decision to allow a sexually violent predator to reside in the Antelope Valley. Lawtis Rhoden, 72, was either convicted or pleaded guilty to multiple child rapes and other sexual assaults in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties and Nashville, Tennessee, beginning in 1969. READ MORE: LA County's COVID Hospitalizations Climb Back Above 600He was committed to California’s Department of State Hospitals after spending nearly 20 years in state prison. The Orange County Superior Court found him suitable for supervised release in 2019, setting off a long process in which officials worked to find a location for him to reside amid predictable opposition from residents and politicians. Orange County Superior Court Judge Megan Wagner ruled Friday that Rhoden will be placed in the Antelope Valley under supervised release. “With this ruling, Judge Wagner has made a decision that blatantly dismissed the concerns voiced by the community. I am frustrated and feel the concerns of my constituents fell on deaf ears,” Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Friday....
    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s government tightened travel restrictions Saturday amid concerns about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, saying all travelers arriving in England will need to take a COVID-19 test before they board their flight. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the new rules will apply from 4 a.m. London time Tuesday. “In light of the most recent data, we are taking further action to slow the incursion of the omicron variant,” he said in a tweet. Javid also added Nigeria to the U.K.’s travel “red list,” which means that arrivals from there will be banned except for U.K. and Irish residents, and those travellers must isolate in designated quarantine facilities. He said there was a “significant number” of omicron cases linked to travel with Nigeria, with 27 cases recorded in England. Karen Dee, the chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, said the new measures will be a “major deterrent” to travel, just as airports and the travel industry were hoping for a small uplift over the festive season. “This is a devastating blow for aviation and...
    Seychelles is no longer on the list of countries inhabited by Australians. For good reason: the Omigron variant has not yet been detected in the archipelago. Intervention by the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs This is good news for the island state with the Omigron variant Govit-19 Not yet detected. In a statement dated November 29, the Australian Prime Minister’s Office confirmed the withdrawal Seychelles From the list of countries that residents can not enter Australia. “Our Foreign Office intervened with our Australian counterparts immediately after receiving the advice, and the discussion led to a positive conclusion.”, Seychelles was pleased with the account of Foreign and Tourism Minister Sylvester Radaconde. Seychelles News Agency. Implementing the most stringent health measures Omicron variant Govit-19 It was first detected in South Africa and spread to many countriesAustralia. “We have implemented very strict health measures”, Sylvester Radegonde insisted. Therefore all arriving passengers must provide proof of a negative result of the PCR test conducted within 72 hours or less of departure from their country. In operation, only companies that have developed safety protocols for...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — DePaul University is moving the first two weeks of its winter quarter online, due both to concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19 and the possibility of a winter surge. University officials said because classes there start right before the New Year, the first two weeks of winter quarter courses – from Monday, Jan. 3, to Saturday, Jan. 15 – will be held online. Exceptions may be made for courses that cannot be held online. READ MORE: Three Men Shot In Robbery Attempt Outside Garfield Red Line StationIn-person classes are expected to resume Tuesday, Jan. 18., after the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. “DePaul is fully committed to in-person learning,” university President Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban and Provost Dr. Salma Ghanem said in announcing the move. “This measure—combined with our adherence to local, state and federal COVID-19 guidance—will help us cautiously start winter quarter so we can sustain a robust college experience the remainder of the academic year. Safety and health remain our priorities.” READ MORE: Police Patrols Increased After 3 Robberies On And...
    The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is being slammed for doubting the sincerity of the Moderna CEO's concerns over the COVID vaccine's effectiveness against the new South African variant Omicron.    Noah, 37, who is South African, criticized the 'need [for] new vaccines' after the Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, 49, hinted at it last week.  'If we don't make a new vaccine this disease could be with us Ferrari - I mean, forever! Sorry, I was thinking of something else,' Noah joked during his show on Thursday after hinting that the CEO's concern was financial gain.  'Now, look, I'm not saying that the CEO of Moderna is lying,' he quickly followed up. 'I'm not saying that at all. 'I'm just saying that I don't think he's the most objective source on this topic.'  Moderna¿s CEO hints at needing new vaccines to get ahead of Omicron. Hmm¿ pic.twitter.com/aYBNSWjodF— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) December 2, 2021 Daily Show host Trevor Noah, who is South African, 37, is slammed for promoting 'vaccine hesitancy' after he doubted the Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel's concerns over the new Omicron...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) – Amid growing concerns worldwide about the newly-discovered Omicron variant, Google announced that it is again pushing back return-to-office plans. Security VP Chris Rackow told employees in an email Thursday that plans to switch to a hybrid work model for U.S. locations on January 10 have been delayed, CNBC reported. Rackow said it would wait until the start of the New Year to assess when offices could safely return to a “stable, long-term working environment.” READ MORE: Huge Bay Area Retail Theft Ring Busted; Attorney General Bonta Announces Smash-and-Grab CrackdownThe company said it would allow specific locations to determine their timelines to return employees back to the office. Google reportedly announced return to office plans were also delayed for employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa amid continuing uncertainty over travel restrictions and the new variant. READ MORE: San Francisco City Hall Briefly Locked Down Due To Suspicious PackageWhile employees are no longer required to return to offices on January 10, Rackow said the company is still encouraging workers to come in “where conditions allow.”...
    By Audrey McAvoy | Associated Press HONOLULU — Cheri Burness’ dog was the first to signal something was wrong with their tap water. He stopped drinking it two weeks ago. Then Burness started feeling stomach cramps. Her 12-year-old daughter was nauseous. “It was just getting worse every day,” said Burness, whose husband is in the Navy. Their family is among hundreds of military families living near Pearl Harbor with similar complaints after the Navy’s water system somehow became contaminated by petroleum. The problems have afflicted one of the most important Navy bases in the world, home to submarines, ships and the commander of U.S. forces in the Indo-Pacific region. The issues may even threaten one of Honolulu’s most important aquifers and water sources. The Navy said Thursday that tests had identified petroleum in its Red Hill well which taps into an aquifer near the base. Rear Adm. Blake Converse, Pacific Fleet deputy commander, told a town hall meeting the Navy took this well offline on Sunday because it was the closest well to affected housing areas. Converse said the...
    The new, more transmissible Omicron variant of the virus coupled with a rise in new flu cases is compounding Connecticut's COVID-19 concerns. Alarm bells are sounding for some across the state as flu season begins picking up steam as Connecticut - and the rest of the nation - continues contending with COVID-19 and new strains of the virus. Health officials are encouraging Connecticut residents to get their flu shots, as well as booster shots, as they seek to curtail the spread of COVID-19, which has seen another winter surge of new infections following the Thanksgiving holiday. According to the Connecticut Department of Health’s latest update, outpatient influenza-like illness activity was similar to the previous week, and was identified as “sporadic.” In total, there have been 86 positive influenza tests reported to the Connecticut Department of Health. Since flu season began, there have been four influenza patients treated in Connecticut hospitals, though no flu-related deaths have been reported by the Department of Health. The Department of Health estimates that flu has resulted in between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Four dead students are memorialized in Oxford, Michigan, by four sprays of holiday greens tied with black ribbon hanging on the high school fence.The question some are asking: was this attack preventable? School officials met with Ethan Crumbley, the accused student gunman, and his parents the day before and the morning of the shooting. Police apparently were not notified.MORE: Michigan teen, 15, charged in Oxford High School shooting"Well, obviously that information didn't come to us until after the tragedy, and in 20/20, everything looks much clearer," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. "But I would say this, and I've said this time and time again: share more, not less."As a community copes with the shooting that left four dead and seven others wounded, the police and prosecutors deal with this: Crumbley and his parents reportedly met with school officials on Monday, the day before the attack, because of some classroom behavioral issues, and also communicated with the school the morning of the shooting. Yet police say they were never looped in.MORE: 4th student dies in Michigan school...
    (CNN) — Two teachers at Oxford High School separately reported concerning behavior from sophomore Ethan Crumbley starting the day before the deadly high school shooting he’s accused of — prompting two meetings with him, including one with his parents just hours before the killings, investigators said Thursday. Crumbley, 15, was charged as an adult Wednesday with terrorism, murder and other counts in connection with Tuesday’s shooting that killed four students and injured seven other people. READ MORE: Striking Kellogg's Workers Receiving 3% Raises In New ContractThe first behavioral report came Monday, when “a teacher in the classroom where he was a student saw and heard something that she felt was disturbing,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Brianna Keilar on CNN’s “New Day.” Photo of Ethan Crumbley, 15-year-old suspect in Oxford High School shooting. “And they had a counseling session about it with school officials, and a phone call was left with the parents,” Bouchard said. On Tuesday — hours before the shooting — “a different teacher in a different classroom saw some behavior that they felt was...
    ST. PAUL, Minn (WCCO) — The St. Paul school board on Wednesday voted to close six of its schools, a move intended to address declining enrollment and long-term sustainability that sparked fierce pushback from a community unsettled by the proposal. More than 2,000 students are impacted the decision, which represents about 6% of the district enrollment, according to figures from the district. Galtier Elementary School, Jackson Preparatory Elementary School, John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary, L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion Lower, and Parkway Montessori and Community Middle School will close at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary will close at the end of next school year. Parents, teachers and students have spent hours in previous meetings voicing concern about the proposal and the disruption it could have on children’s learning.  “At what point does a room full of upset, angry, sad, scared, worried people actually impact the way we think about this?” said a John A. Johnson teacher named David told the board on Tuesday night, ahead of Wednesday’s vote. “The grass isn’t always greener on the other...
    VIDEO9:3009:30If 10-year yield falls below 1.40%, Guggenheim's Minerd says it'll likely fall to 1.20%Fast Money Stock futures were little changed in early morning trading Friday ahead of the November jobs report as the market nears the end of a roller-coaster week driven by Covid omicron variant developments. Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained just 15 points. S&P 500 futures dipped 0.08% and Nasdaq 100 futures edged 0.15% lower. Meanwhile, Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi announced during Asia trading hours on Friday that it will start delisting from the New York Stock Exchange and make plans to list in Hong Kong instead. The November jobs report is set for release Friday morning. Investors expect to see solid jobs growth last month, with economists surveyed by Dow Jones predicting 581,000 jobs added in November. The three major indexes rebounded in Thursday's regular trading session. The Dow gained 617 points. The S&P 500 rose 1.4% and the Nasdaq Composite gained 0.8%.Stock picks and investing trends from CNBC Pro:The S&P 500 is testing a critical chart level that could determine whether there's a...
    In this article NVDAJen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer of Nvidia Corp., speaks during the company's event at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles on Oct. 21, 2019.Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesNvidia's $40 billion acquisition of U.K. chip designer Arm is looking increasingly unlikely to go through, according to Gartner semiconductor analyst Alan Priestley. The deal is facing a growing number of regulatory probes around the world, Priestley said, pointing to concerns in the U.K., the EU, the U.S. and China. "I believe it's highly unlikely it will go through," Priestley told CNBC Wednesday. Nvidia and Arm did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment. The deal was set to be completed by March 2022 but Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang admitted in August that it would probably go beyond that date. Arm was spun out of an early computing company called Acorn Computers in 1990. The company's energy-efficient chip designs are used in 95% of the world's smartphones and 95% of the chips designed in China. The company, bought by Japan's SoftBank in 2016 for...
    Oxford, Michigan (CNN)Two teachers separately reported concerning behavior from sophomore Ethan Crumbley starting the day before the fatal Michigan high school shooting he's accused of -- prompting two meetings with him, including one with his parents just hours before the killings, a sheriff said Thursday.Crumbley, 15, was charged as an adult Wednesday with terrorism, murder and other counts in connection with Tuesday's shooting that killed four students and wounded seven other people at Oxford High School north of Detroit.The first behavioral report came Monday, when "a teacher in the classroom where he was a student saw and heard something that she felt was disturbing," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Brianna Keilar on CNN's "New Day.""And they had a counseling session about it with school officials, and a phone call was left with the parents," he said.Heres why the suspected Michigan school shooter has been charged with terrorismThen on Tuesday -- hours before the shooting -- "a different teacher in a different classroom saw some behavior that they felt was concerning, and they brought the child down to an office,...
    (CNN)Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is casting skepticism in conversations with senators that the Build Back Better bill can pass the Senate this year, potentially delivering a blow to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's push to get the bill approved by Christmas, according to two sources familiar with the West Virginia senator's remarks.Manchin still has a number of concerns, namely that budget gimmicks hide the true cost of the bill, and he's pushing to ensure it costs no more than $1.75 trillion. But he also is seeking to pare down the bill, which passed the House last month, in a number of other areas -- including paid family leave, a methane fee on emissions from energy producers and a Medicare expansion to cover hearing costs. And he's seeking changes to some of the provisions in the tax title of the bill, one of the sources said. All of that means major changes would need to be made to the bill, followed by a full cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, and a review by the Senate parliamentarian, which is raising...
    (CNN)Amid the wave of excitement among conservative organizers over the prospect of reversing access to abortion for the first time in nearly 50 years -- since Roe v. Wade affirmed a constitutional right to the procedure in 1973 -- there are growing fears about how the conservative legal movement will fare if its own appointees on the bench stop short of dismantling the landmark abortion ruling. "There are a lot of conservatives who will wash their hands of the whole enterprise if conservatives don't come out the right way on these cases," said Mike Davis, a Senate Judiciary Committee aide who founded the Article III Project, a conservative judicial advocacy group. The mounting concerns among social conservative stakeholders and anti-abortion activists -- which come as two abortion-related cases are set to be decided by the Supreme Court in the coming months -- stem from a series of episodes where Republican-appointed justices have sided with their liberal counterparts in cases involving LGBTQ rights, the Affordable Care Act and religious liberty -- blindsiding conservative groups that helped shepherd them through the Senate...
    (CNN)House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy summoned GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Nancy Mace for separate meetings Tuesday night, wanting to deliver a simple message amid their bitter and public feud: "Stop it." His message didn't seem to take hold. Emerging from her meeting, Greene told CNN that both she and former President Donald Trump would back a primary challenge to Mace in 2022. And after she met with McCarthy, Mace had this to say when asked about Greene's threat: "All I can say about Marjorie Taylor Greene is bless her f***ing heart." The boiling tensions over the hard-right faction of the House GOP conference are alarming many rank-and-file Republicans, who are bluntly warning that the failure of party leaders to rein in their loudest voices directly threatens their efforts to win back the majority next year. Read MoreAt the center of the feud: McCarthy, a California Republican who typically avoids public condemnation of his colleagues and opts instead to hold private conversations with his members -- all in a bid to keep the peace between the warring wings of...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Amid growing concerns over the Omicron variant, New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams has traveled to Ghana in West Africa. Adams says the trip carries great importance to him: “I made a promise to myself that I would visit Ghana following the 400-year anniversary of slavery in America and the election, to show how far we have come and remember how far we still must go. This election to me was, among other things, about resetting a negative narrative so that we can have a more just and united future. I will continue to be in contact with the transition team on our progress toward January 1, and with the mayor on pressing matters including Omicron while I’m in Ghana. “When it comes to COVID, I have said time and time again that I will follow the science and our public health professionals as a leader—and right now travel is banned only to Southern African counties out of an abundance of caution. Should the federal government change their guidance on travel, I will immediately follow it....
    People line-up to take a COVID-19 test in Manhattan amid an expanded push for testing and vaccination As many suspected from the outset, travel bans against South Africa and neighboring countries could turn out to be little more than a case of punishing the whistleblower. As CBS reports, Dutch health authorities are now reporting that the omicron variant was found in the Netherlands as far back as November 19, well before scientists in South Africa and Botswana first sounded the alarm about the highly-divergent new form of COVID-19. Similar tests in Belgium and Germany have also indicated the presence of the variant in those nations previous to the announcement out of South Africa. This news is not likely to generate an immediate lift of the travel ban. That’s because the significant number of omicron cases in the area around Johannesburg represents the largest known outbreak of this new variant, and limiting travel to and from that region may hold some value. But the news out of Europe is another demonstration that South Africa is paying the price both for having...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf suggested Tuesday that he is not considering additional containment measures as the omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads overseas, but continued to urge people to get vaccinated. Wolf said there is no cause for panic, noting that no cases of the omicron variant have been discovered in the United States. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports 534 New Cases, 4 Additional Deaths“In Pennsylvania and around the country, the vaccine is still our strategy, so get your shot,” Wolf said on a regularly scheduled appearance on KDKA-AM radio in Pittsburgh. “Get your vaccine. That’s our strategy and it seems to be working.” Infections, hospitalizations and intensive-care unit cases are rising in Pennsylvania and many other states. About 3,600 patients are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, according to Department of Health figures. Wolf called that “very few” and said he doesn’t “see any need for Pennsylvania to do anything draconian at this point,” such as limiting elective surgeries to clear up hospital space. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Reports 5,766 New Cases,...
    China says the omicron variant of the coronavirus is a concern for organizers of the Beijing Winter Olympics but it remains confident the games will be held as scheduled in February. The new variant is the latest challenge facing the games, which have taken criticism over the lack of natural snow in the Chinese capital, the country’s human rights record, and tennis star Peng Shuai’s recent accusations of sexual assault against a former top leader of the ruling Communist Party. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM At a daily briefing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said omicron would "certainly bring some challenges in terms of prevention and control." "I’m fully confident that the Winter Olympics will be held as scheduled, smoothly and successfully," Zhao said, citing China's experience in largely controlling widespread infections since the pandemic began in the central city of Wuhan in late 2019. China maintains some of the world's strictest anti-virus travel restrictions and has said it will not allow overseas spectators at the games. Athletes, staff and journalists will be confined to...
    A person with a hand full of shopping bags walks by as Black Friday sales begin at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, November 26, 2021.Jon Cherry | Reuters As Americans bought gifts during the peak Thanksgiving shopping weekend, the discovery of the omicron variant made headlines and prompted action by public health officials. National Retail Federation CEO Matt Shay said Tuesday that the Covid-19 variant could shake up spending patterns this holiday season and direct more dollars toward electronics, toys, apparel and other items instead of vacations and movie tickets. "We know, unfortunately, that when the variants have had a real impact of the economy, the goods side of the economy has actually benefited from that because people change behavior away from the experience side of the economy and spend more time and more dollars engaged in the goods side of the economy," he said on a call with reporters. Holiday sales are expected to grow to an all-time high of between $843.4 billion and $859 billion of sales in November and December, which represents growth...
    Long Island authorities are working with the FBI to track down the person who detonated an unknown explosive on an uninhabited island off the Long Island Sound, and are concerned it may be a prelude to a potential terror attack. Suffolk County Police Acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron said the Suffolk County Police Department, on the eastern half of Long Island, received about 30 calls about the explosion on Fox Island that happened at around 11 a.m. on Sunday. Nassau County police, to the west, also said they had received 911 calls about people reeling from the blast at their homes and businesses. The explosion left a 4-feet-wide, 2-feet-deep crater on the north side of the uninhabited island off the coast of Babylon on Long Island's South Shore, and officials say they are now searching for the person responsible. They are asking for any information about a 23-foot-long boat with stripes seen fleeing the area around the time of the explosion. The explosion left a 4-foot-wide, 2-foot-deep crater on the north side of Fox Island Suffolk County police are asking for any...
    Pedestrians walk past commercial real estate in Manhattan.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Stocks of the nation's largest office REITs moved lower again Tuesday, as the office market faces new concerns over the Omicron variant of Covid. This comes on top of a new cooling in office demand, which had been improving sharply in the first half of this year as Covid19 vaccinations promised a safe return to work. Stocks of the largest office REITs, like Boston Properties, SL Green, Douglas Emmett and Alexandria Real Estate Equities all fell sharply Friday, when news of the variant spread, and have yet to recover. These stocks had been surging, up around 25% year-to-date. The S&P 500 also fell on Tuesday, down more than 1.5% in morning trading. New demand for office space fell in October to the lowest rate since the first quarter of this year, according to a new report from VTS, a commercial real estate asset management company. That is the second straight monthly decline. Since peaking in August of this year, demand is now down 30% nationally....
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden visits a Minnesota community college Tuesday to highlight how his $1 trillion infrastructure law will create jobs and help train workers. The trip occurs at a crucial pivot point for Biden, who is facing the threat of the new omicron strain of the coronavirus and high levels of inflation as vital parts of his agenda are still awaiting congressional approval. Biden needs to get his nearly $2 trillion social and economic agenda through the Senate, as well as temporarily fund the government and preserve its ability to borrow as the debt limit could be breached in December. Biden holds out the infrastructure package, containing money for roads, bridges, broadband, water systems and a shift to electrical vehicles, as evidence that he can work across the political aisle. The measure passed with solid Republican support. He plans to tour Dakota County Technical College in Rosemont, Minnesota. Afterward, he will give remarks on how the additional spending on infrastructure will “deliver for the American people, create good-paying union jobs, lower prices by improving the infrastructure for...
    West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is throwing up another roadblock to his party's quest to pass President Joe Biden's $1.75 trillion social and climate package before the Christmas break. On Monday Manchin refused to commit to Democrat leaders' timeline to push Biden's Build Back Better bill ahead before the end of the year. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced on the Senate floor yesterday that he wants his colleagues to pass the president's agenda before senators head home for the holidays on December 10. But Manchin told reporters he's concerned about the pricey package's impact on the US economy. He blamed his issues on how the government spending would impact already-record inflation and the uncertainty that the new COVID-19 Omicron variant brings. 'The unknown is great right now and it gets greater,' Manchin said according to Bloomberg. US inflation rates skyrocketed as the economy recovers from the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic. In October the price of consumer goods went up 6.2 percent from the year before, a 31-year high. Joe Manchin told reporters on Monday that he...
    Authorities on New York’s Long Island are hunting the person responsible for a blast on a small island that left a small crater in the sand and shook houses miles away, sparking potential terror concerns.  Speaking at a press conference in Yaphank Monday, Suffolk County police acting Commissioner Stuart Cameron told reporters, "Obviously our department is concerned as to why someone would detonate a device of this size and magnitude on an uninhabited island." "So we definitely want to find out who did it," he continued, according to Newsday. "If you are the person responsible for this detonation, I encourage you to come forward and identify yourself to our department so we can find the root cause of this incident and allay any concerns for the public." LONG ISLAND BLAST BEING INVESTIGATED BY COPS, FBI OVER CONCERNS IT COULD PRELUDE TO SOMETHING ELSE  Suffolk County police received 30 911 calls about the explosion that happened around 11 a.m. Sunday on the uninhabited Fox Island, located off the town of Babylon, Cameron said, adding that Nassau County police also received 911...
    A BEACH explosion that left a crater is being probed by the FBI amid potential terrorism fears. Cops said the blast happened on Fox Island in Long Island, New York on Sunday when a device was detonated. 2A device was detonated on Sunday, leaving a crater on Fox IslandCredit: Suffolk County Police Department The crater measured around four feet wide and two feet deep and cops are searching for a boat that was nearby. Suffolk County Police Department said they received around three dozen 911 calls, Fox News reports. While, around five hundred calls were made to Babylon’s Public Safety Department, according to CBS New York. Cops are investigating whether the incident may have been a “test run” for a potential terrorist attack. A spokesperson told Fox: “Terrorism is always a concern because people do test devices before using them.” Police say they are investigating all possibilities and do not know who was involved in the incident. They have ruled out a sonic boom. Most read in The US SunMONEY BAGS New 'stimulus' check to be sent THIS MONTH after...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Amid overwhelming demand - and growing concern over the emerging omicron variant - New York City is offering second COVID vaccine doses starting today at its public schools.Those in-school vaccination clinics were so popular during the first round earlier this month, the city decided to bring them back to hundreds of schools, including PS 40 in Gramercy.The clinics will offer second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to children as young as five years old.Right now, only 16% percent of NYC school kids age 5 to 11 have gotten their first shot, and officials want to dramatically boost those numbers.The city's popular $100 vaccine incentive does apply to youngsters if they are vaccinated at a city-run site, including schools.School vaccine schedules can be found at Schools.nyc.gov/COVID19, and school leaders are also sending home communications with students.Meantime, four months after the city staged a massive reopening concert, Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking people to put their masks back on.The city is strongly encouraging people to wear masks in all indoor settings amid growing concern over the...
    (CNN)With less than a year to go before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, questions surrounding host nation Qatar's handling of humanitarian issues show few signs of abating -- specifically concerning the state's anti-homosexuality laws.Nasser Al Khater, the chief executive of the tournament's organizing committee, insists that Qatar has been treated "unfairly and unjustly" since it earned the right to host the tournament 11 years ago."We know that the World Cup brings with it a certain amount of scrutiny. We've seen it in the past," Al Khater told CNN Sport's Amanda Davies. "But if it's something that's going to be catalyst for change, we're all for it."Among the most recent critics of next year's World Cup, the first to be held in the Middle East, is Australian footballer Josh Cavallo, the only current, openly gay player in men's top-flight football. Earlier this month, Cavallo said that he would be "scared" to play in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison. Read MoreIn response to Cavallo's fears, Al Khater said: "On the...
    (CNN)As scientists race to answer whether the newly identified Omicron variant poses a greater threat, experts are urging measures to help lower coronavirus risks to millions of Americans -- including vaccinations and mask wearing.Cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in at least 18 countries and territories as of Tuesday. And while no cases have yet been found in the US, officials are working to do what they can ahead of the variant's expected arrival. New York City's government is now highly recommending that residents wear masks while indoors in public places, regardless of vaccination status, as Canada announced it found three Omicron cases in nearby provinces Ontario and Quebec. What we know and dont know about the Omicron variant"We do anticipate detecting the Omicron in New York in the coming days based on what we know about its global spread," city health commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said. "A lot is still unknown about Omicron since it is so early, but studies are underway and we will know more about the variant in the coming weeks."Cognizant of the...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams is traveling to Africa Monday night despite fears of the new omicron variant.Adams is going to Ghana and will be there until December 8.His spokesperson says it's a spiritual journey to pray.MORE NEWS: Fauci says omicron variant will 'inevitably' arrive in USEMBED More News Videos While the new omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus has not yet been detected in the United States, it will "inevitably" arrive, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday. Despite concerns over the new variant, Adams says that he is not afraid.The mayor-elect is fully vaccinated and has his booster shot.The news comes on the heels of New York City health officials issuing a new mask advisory on Monday, strongly recommending all residents -- regardless of vaccination status -- wear masks in all public indoor settings ahead of expected cases of the new omicron variant of COVID-19.EMBED More News VideosSonia Rincon has the latest on concerns over the omicron variant in New York City and the Tri-State area. Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor-elect Eric Adams, and...
    (CNN) — The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened recommendations for booster doses of coronavirus vaccine Monday, saying all adults should get boosted six months after the second dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s or Moderna’s vaccine or two months after the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It’s a slight but significant tweak to the wording of guidance issued earlier this month when the CDC endorsed an expanded emergency use authorization for boosters from the US Food and Drug Administration. READ MORE: Attleboro Man Wins $1 Million On Scratch Ticket Gifted To Him After Having Heart Surgery“Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement. “The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19,” she added. “Early data from South Africa suggest increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant, and scientists in the United States and around the world are urgently examining vaccine effectiveness related to this variant. I strongly encourage the 47...
    Authorities in New York's Long Island are investigating a blast that left a crater and was felt miles away Sunday. Police are working with the FBI on the probe, to determine whether it could have been a prelude to something bigger.  The Suffolk County Police Department said the explosion occurred on Fox Island, off the coast of West Babylon, around 11:40 a.m. when a device was detonated. Authorities received nearly three dozen 911 calls, the department told Fox News.  An explosion on Fox Island in New York left a crater. Authorities have partnered with the FBI to investigate.  (Suffolk County Police Department ) No injuries were reported. Fox News has reached out to the FBI.  Investigators are not ruling out the idea that the incident may have been a test run for something bigger, such as a possible terrorist attack.  "Terrorism is always a concern because people do test devices before using them," a police spokeswoman told Fox News. "The SCPD is investigating with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force on this investigation." Authorities are searching for a boat...
    Left-wing media figures like NBC News anchor Charles Todd appear very concerned about the new coronavirus omicron variant discovered in Botswana – but not chiefly because it may or may not be extensively hazardous, the panel on "The Five" discussed Monday. On Sunday, Todd suggested President Biden should use the emergence of the new variant to "push back on all this vaccine misinformation from Republicans" and to try to use his political stature to take control of the vaccine mitigation narrative. On ABC's "Good Morning America," one pundit said the new variant poses a "challenge – particularly on the economic front – heading into an election year for the Biden administration, which is critical and could spell trouble." "The Five" host Jesse Watters remarked that the media is panicking over the wrong thing. Instead of analyzing the new variant's potential effect on the United States' current statistics, they're worried about their friend in the White House. "[Could be] trouble for Biden, but not for the people who could get sick," he said, paraphrasing the pundits. President Joe Biden points...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Amid growing questions and concerns about the new “Omicron” variant of COVID-19, President Joe Biden insisted Monday the U.S. can handle anything that comes our way, as local officials prepare for its eventual arrival here in the Chicago area. “We’ll fight this variant with scientific and knowledgeable actions and speed, not chaos and confusion,” Biden said Monday. READ MORE: Couple's Beloved Dog, Ruby, Killed In Bishop Ford Freeway Shooting The Day After Thanksgiving; 'She Was A Good, Good Pup'The president, flanked by chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci and Vice President Kamala Harris, told the nation the variant is a “cause for concern, not a cause for panic.” He said the U.S. has more tools to fight COVID-19 than ever before, and is in a much better position to fight the virus than it was in March 2020, or even December 2020. The first step in the fight: restrictions on travel from 8 countries in southern Africa, where the variant was first detected. Those went into effect on Monday. Meantime, the World Health Organization said preliminary evidence...
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky gives her opening statement during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on "Next Steps: The Road Ahead for the COVID-19 Response" on Capitol Hill in Washington, November 4, 2021.Elizabeth Frantz | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday strengthened its recommendation on Covid booster shots, telling all adults that they "should" get an additional dose amid growing concern about the omicron variant. "The recent emergence of the Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) further emphasizes the importance of vaccination, boosters, and prevention efforts needed to protect against COVID-19," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement Monday. The CDC cleared booster doses for all adults earlier this month, saying everyone over 18 "may" get a shot if they wanted one. Only people 50 and over were told they "should" get the shots at the time. The agency is now giving its strongest recommendation for everyone 18 and older, saying they should get an additional shot six months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series, or two months after...
    Forty-three lawsuits have been waged against more than 200 energy-related companies in Louisiana since 2013, and many, if not all, are angling for cash settlements with environmental credit schemes. Similar credit initiatives have failed to deliver in other states, critics note, and the cap-and-trade style system of buying and selling environmental credits requires legislative approval before lawsuit settlement money can be put to use. An April 2021 memo authored by the New Orleans-based Pelican Institute highlighted several issues in two legislative bills that would establish a central Coastal Zone Restoration Fund and credit-trading structure in Louisiana. The bills – House Bill 569 and Senate Bill 233 – did not pass during the 2021 regular legislative session, but they are expected to return in 2022 as hundreds of millions of dollars hang in the balance from the cascade of lawsuits. One company has settled so far. International mining giant Freeport McMoRan agreed to a $100 million payout earlier this year that would filter through the proposed credit system and operate similar to greenhouse gas emission trading programs. The Freeport McMoRan settlement...
    New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced he would still leave for Ghana on Monday amid concerns about the omicron COVID-19 variant . Adams made plans to travel to Ghana before reports about the omicron variant, saying he promised himself in 2019 that he would visit the African country to mark the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. ERIC ADAMS ASKS WHY ANY 17-YEAR-OLD WOULD BE CARRYING A GUN “I made a promise to myself that I would visit Ghana following the 400-year anniversary of slavery in America and the election, to show how far we have come and remember how far we still must go,” said Adams, according to the New York Post . Adams was elected the second black mayor of New York City earlier this month. His trip will last until Dec. 8. Adams, 61, is fully vaccinated and has received his booster shot. He reportedly had second thoughts about the trip when news of the omicron variant broke, the New York Daily News reported . However, he ultimately...
    Forward Evander Kane, as expected, cleared waivers on Monday and was set to be assigned to the Barracuda, the first step in what the forward hopes will be an eventual return to the NHL. Kane is expected to join the Barracuda for its practice at Sharks Ice on Tuesday morning and he will remain with the team for an indefinite period. Kane’s 21-game suspension for violating the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol officially ended after the Sharks’ game on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, a 2-0 San Jose win. Instead of paying Kane to stay home after his suspension ended, the Sharks opted to assign Kane to the AHL to help try and increase his value on the trade market. Kane, 30, hasn’t played since the Sharks lost to Vegas on May 12 in their 2020-2021 regular-season finale, didn’t practice with the Sharks during camp while was under NHL investigation, and has sat out the last six-plus weeks serving his suspension. “Evander is looking forward to resuming his NHL career this season,” a statement from Kane’s agent, Dan Milstein,...
    New York City's health chief "strongly" recommended Monday that everyone wear masks in indoor public settings at all times -- regardless of their vax status -- as concerns grows over a new mutated strain of COVID. "Like at your grocery or in building lobbies, offices and retail stores,” Dr. David Chokshi, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told reporters. “When you’re indoors, regardless of whether you’re fully vaccinated or not, everyone should be wearing a mask." It's not a mandate -- just an advisory at this point. Chokshi also recommended that anyone who traveled or gathered during Thanksgiving get a COVID test. New York City hasn't had any reported cases of the omicron variant yet, but Chokshi said it's just a matter of days before it most likely turns up. The World Health Organization this weekend warned of a “very high” global risk with a high likelihood of further transmission from omicron, which it called the “variant of concern.” Researchers in South Africa first identified omicron. The United States and members of the European...
    New York City has issued a new mask advisory as officials anticipate the arrival of the new COVID-19 variant. Dr. Dave Chokshi, the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, advised New Yorkers to wear a mask at all times in indoor public settings, whether fully vaccinated or not. Chokshi shared the recommendation on Monday, Nov. 29. He said there are no confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the city, but health officials anticipate it in the coming days. Earlier report - COVID-19: First Cases Of New Variant Identified In North America Chokshi added that there are still many unknowns about the variant. He said studies are underway, and more information will be available in the next few weeks. It's not yet known how transmissible Omicron is compared to the Delta variant, and whether it contributes to more severe disease, he said.  "Preliminary evidence suggests that those who’ve had COVID-19 in the past may be more easily reinfected with omicron," Chokshi tweeted. "This underscores our strong recommendation to get vaccinated regardless of whether you have already...
    New York (CNN Business)Fears about the Omicron variant of Covid-19 rattled the world's financial markets Friday and early Monday morning. But shares of the major coronavirus vaccine makers were getting a boost from the latest pandemic jitters.Moderna (MRNA) soared more than 20% during Black Friday's abbreviated session of trading on Wall Street and were up another 12% Monday, too. BioNTech (BNTX) surged 14% Friday and rose 7% Monday while the European drug maker's vaccine partner, Big Pharma leader Pfizer (PFE), gained 6% Friday and more than 2% Monday.Shares of Novavax (NVAX), another company that is seeking approval from the United States' Food and Drug Administration for its Covid vaccine, were up 9% Friday and rallied another 5% Monday.The stocks of two other vaccine manufacturers — Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and AstraZeneca (AZN) — moved only modestly Friday and Monday.Read MoreThe Omicron coronavirus variant is a crucial test for BidenInvestors are hoping that the major vaccine makers will be able to quickly update their Covid vaccines so that it can offer protection for the Omicron variant. Moderna said Friday that it...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — International travelers prepared to fly out of SFO Sunday night as nations around the world raced to contain the new COVID variant. Starting Monday, the U.S. will ban travel from South Africa and seven other countries in the region. Scientists are still trying to figure out how dangerous and contagious the Omicron strain is. READ MORE: 'The Long Good-Bye'; New Hope In The Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease“If someone who’s been infected with Delta is well protected from this and someone who is fully boosted is also well protected from this, that could be a pretty good backstop from this becoming really epidemic in the United States,” said former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. But travelers at Oakland International were still wary of what the impact of the largest COVID strain might be. “I’m actually very nervous about it. I’m going to Mexico and I’m going to be watching the news. If there’s anything that’s going to be a problem, I’m just going to come right back,” said Karen Schafer, who was traveling to Mexico....