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    STRUGGLING families can receive up to $1,800 in child tax credits per kid when tax returns are filed next year. Millions of households will be sent their final advance “stimulus check” worth up to $300 from December 15. 1Millions of families will be able to claim up to $1,800 when tax returns are filed next yearCredit: Getty Payments that are sent by direct deposit are expected to land in bank accounts days later meaning families could receive a cash boost before Christmas. December’s “stimulus check” will be the final installment of monthly child tax credits but families can pocket up to $1,800 when tax returns are filed next year. Parents with dependents between the ages of six-17 will be able to claim up to $1,500. Some families may have opted out of advance payments earlier in the year meaning they will receive up to $3,600 per child when taxes are filed. Parents that are expecting a baby in December will also be eligible for the tax credit. Any payments that Americans missed should be included in their tax refund, according...
    A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: JUST CHARGE IT The Federal Reserve issues its latest monthly tally of U.S. consumer borrowing Tuesday. The tally, which excludes mortgages and other loans secured by real estate, is expected to show consumer borrowing increased by $25 billion in October, down from a gain of $29.9 billion the previous month. Americans ramped up their use of credit this spring, but the pace has slowed since borrowing surged by nearly $36 billion in June. Consumer credit, monthly change, seasonally adjusted, billions of dollars: May 32.7 June 35.5 July 16.6 Aug. 13.8 Sept. 29.9 Oct. (est.) 25.0 Source: FactSet HELP STILL WANTED A new Labor Department survey of job openings should provide insight into the health of the U.S. labor market. The number of available jobs has been above 10 million since June. The record before the pandemic was 7.5 million. The demand for new hires comes as Americans are increasingly leaving their jobs, in many cases for more money as companies bump up pay to...
    A total of 60 United States police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty since the beginning of the year, new data reveals, following anti-law enforcement riots and the start of the “Defund the Police” movement in 2020. According to records from the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP), 60 police officers across 45 U.S. states and territories have been killed in gunfire from January 1 to December 3 — a nearly 28 percent increase in fatal shootings of officers compared to all of 2020 when 47 officers were shot and killed. As of November 30, FOP records state that 314 police officers have been shot since the beginning of the year. One hundred and nineteen of those shootings occurred in the midst of 95 separate ambush-style attacks on officers, resulting in 28 of the total gunfire deaths. Ambush attacks on officers have increased nearly 130 percent since 2020. Chart via National Fraternal Order of Police According to ODMP data, three police officers have been killed in the...
    Scarlet Poulet (right), pictured with wife Nadine Kujawa, before Poulet was diagnosed with cancer in 2019.Courtesy: Scarlet Poulet Medicare's rules for signing up have put 68-year-old Scarlet Poulet in an unenviable situation. The New Orleans resident, who is recovering from cancer, has been enrolled in Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) since 2018 when she reached the eligibility age of 65. Yet due to how Medicare interacts with insurance through an employer — coverage she lost in August — Poulet is now not allowed to sign up for Part B (outpatient care) until January. That's when a three-month enrollment window opens for beneficiaries who didn't enroll when they were supposed to. Even then, however, Poulet's Part B coverage would not start until July due to Medicare rules — and she could face life-lasting late-enrollment penalties. More from Personal Finance:How to get a jump-start on upcoming tax seasonMake these investment moves to beat inflationMore than 1 in 3 U.S. adults carry medical debt "The rules surrounding Medicare eligibility, particularly as it relates to employer-based coverage, is unnecessarily complicated, with quite unfair results...
    In this article PYPL AMZN SQ Betsie Van der Meer | DigitalVision | Getty ImagesThe buy now, pay later phenomenon is showing little signs of slowing down. Shoppers have flocked to the option over the last year as online shopping has surged amid the pandemic, benefiting fintech companies like Affirm, Klarna, and Square's Afterpay, while also prompting other payment platforms like PayPal to move further in that direction and threatening banks and credit card companies. Use of BNPL poised to grow this holiday season, according to a recent CNBC survey. Seven percent of shoppers said they will be using BNPL for holiday purchases this year, according to the CNBC/Momentive Small Business Survey for Small Business Saturday. The survey was conducted by Momentive from Nov. 10 to Nov. 12 and included 2,744 respondents. While that 7% still pares in comparison to other traditional payment methods – 55% of shoppers say that will use debit cards, 51% will pay with credit cards, and 43% say they will use cash – experts say that percentage could easily be doubled or tripled in the next year....
    CALIFORNIA will issue another massive payout this month, with hundreds of thousands of $1,100 checks totalling $563million in the newest batch of payments. The latest checks released under the Golden State Stimulus II program should hit mailboxes and bank accounts before the end of the year. 1Around 803,000 payments of $1100 each will reach California residents this month The latest batch includes 800,000 paper checks and 3,000 direct deposit payments. Those who qualify for the stimulus check will typically get it using the refund option selected on their tax return. Direct deposits typically show up in bank accounts within a few business days, while paper checks can take up to three weeks to arrive. To qualify for the Golden State Stimulus checks, Californians must meet the following criteria: You must have filed your 2020 taxes by October 15, 2021 Have a California Adjusted Gross Income (CA AGI) of $1 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Have wages of $0 to $75,000 for the 2020 tax year Be a California resident for more than half of the 2020 tax year Be a California...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- There's outrage and disbelief over the vandalism of a statue at one of San Francisco's oldest museums. The Greek statue on the grounds of the Legion of Honor was heavily damaged this week. Greek Tragedy. 90 year-old marble sculpture vandalized at @legionofhonor Museum. Curators hope missing pieces can be returned or recovered. pic.twitter.com/vjSCzXiWSC— Cornell Barnard (@CornellBarnard) December 4, 2021Curators and members of the community are reflecting on the loss."Oh my God, who would do this?" said John Ringlemann.RELATED: Lunar New Year ox statue vandalized in San Francisco, missing a hornRingelmann can't believe it. He walks by the Greek statue almost every day on the grounds of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. But this week, the marble sculpture was vandalized."I don't know who these people are or what their end goal is, but this is a shame," said Ringlemann.The crime is a major blow to museum curators."This is really sad, this is a loss to the museum and people of San Francisco because this is a piece of art that's been vandalized wantonly," said...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — If you haven’t bought your Christmas tree already, now is the time to do it. Local tree lot operators are saying they may sell out very early this year. Industry experts said excessive heat coupled with flooding in the states that grow the majority of Christmas trees has led to a nationwide Christmas tree shortage. READ MORE: 4 Freeways In Calif. Rank Among Deadliest NationwideTina Callas, the owner of Tina’s Trees in Sherman Oaks, has been in business for 43 years. Back in June, her grower in Oregon informed her that a severe heatwave damaged much of his crop. “Everybody I called basically was trying to get enough trees to supply their existing customers, so there were no extra trees out there,” Callas said. Callas expects to sell out of trees in a little over a week. She also has had to raise her prices due to labor and transportation costs going up. Callas said she’s paying about 25 percent more to transport her trees. READ MORE: LA City Council Approves Games Agreement Ahead Of 2028...
    There's no shortage of Christmas light displays this year in North Jersey.  Load your car up with snacks and loved ones and take a drive out to these displays. Did we miss one? Email clevine@dailyvoice.com. Lights on Lozier, 181 Lozier Court, Paramus: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. John Russo began decorating his Paramus home in 2015, after a promise to his girlfriend that if he beat cancer, he'd learn how. His house has been shining bright ever since. Martorana Christmas House, 396 Fairfield Road, Wayne: Inflatables go up by 8 a.m. and the lights go on at 4 p.m., and stay on until midnight. If it's windy, the inflatables might not be up. You can check the family's Facebook page for announcements on inclement weather. You don't have to wait for darkness to appreciate the Martorana's "Penguin Paradise," which boasts nearly 100 inflatables including a 15-foot Santa, 20-foot snowman and 15-foot Rudolf.  Fanwood's Famous Christmas House, 83 Paterson Road, Fanwood: Display runs from 4:30 to 10 p.m. daily through...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- An investigation is underway after Oakland police found a transgender person shot and killed early Friday morning.Officers say the shooting happened near Castro and 14th Street around 4:00 a.m.RELATED: Oakland mayor addresses hiring plan for additional officers amid surge in violencePolice say they received a report of gunfire in the area and when officers arrived they found the person with an apparent gunshot wound. They died on scene.Police are not releasing any further details at this time.This is Oakland's 129th homicide of the year.
    Share this: By now, the leftover turkey in your fridge has reached its expiration date. The USDA recommends Americans toss the bird meat three to four days after its preparation. Mashed potatoes should be good for three to five days. How about your relationships with family and friends who gathered with you on Thanksgiving? Did arguments over politics, culture wars, presidents past and present and divisive cable TV personalities sour your fondness for those relatives and chums? Are you now dreading, and rethinking, more holiday gatherings as Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day approach as a result of heated outbursts?
    (EDX Daily Up) – That’s the best story of today! Netflix will change the true story that is going viral on social media. Thanksgiving is upon us, which means the holiday season is in full swing. Jamal Hinton and Wanda Dench will be the next heroes Netflix. The streaming giant was inspired and captured by a true story Viral Who moved the world Social Websites. Called the “Thanks Giving Text”, the film tells the story of an improbable encounter between two strangers during a Thanksgiving exchange. A story that is spreading virally on social websites. Last week we celebrated the 6th Thanksgiving with Jamal (JamalHindon12 ) And Grandma Don’t! Now we can see the story reviving as a family on Netflix! pic.twitter.com/FMvYu4EanW – Strong black lead (@strongblacklead) December 2, 2021 They did not know each other, but decided to celebrate Thanksgiving It all started in 2016. Wanda Dench, a 64-year-old white grandmother, sends out a message inviting her grandson to a traditional Thanksgiving meal at the end of November. But his text message did not reach the right...
    Disneyland’s half century-old candy cane making tradition returns this Christmas season after the coronavirus pandemic shattered the peppermint hearts of die-hard fans who have turned the hand-made holiday treats into a cult classic. The limited-time seasonal candy canes will be sold Dec. 7, 9, 15, 21 and 23 at the Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen in Disneyland and Dec. 8, 14, 16 and 22 at Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure. “Disneyland’s hand-pulled candy canes have achieved cult status over the years,” according to MiceChat. SEE ALSO: Disneyland announces dates for Lunar New Year and Food and Wine festivals in 2022 This year, Disneyland will do away with wristbands and instead use a mobile waitlist system for candy cane purchases. Sweet cravers can add their names and phone numbers to the mobile waitlists at the candy cane locations in the parks to be notified by text of their return times to make their purchases. Disneyland’s Candy Palace and DCA’s Trolley Treats typically sell the limited-edition candy canes from Thanksgiving week until Christmas Day. Disneyland whittled down the number of candy...
    Jim Cramer on CNBC's Halftime Report.Scott Mlyn | CNBC In a market that is struggling to find its footing, a group of stocks that investors may put more focus on are ones with strong free cash flow generation and shareholder friendly capital return programs. As we said last Friday, companies with strong balance sheets, healthy dividend payments, and consistent share repurchase programs are typically ones that can withstand and find support in volatile markets. We think this has largely played out this week, with the case in point being Apple, who bought back $20 billion worth of stock in its last reported quarter, viewed as a "safe-haven" as the reason for the stock's notable outperformance. Many companies in our portfolio routinely repurchase stock and increase their dividend payments year after year. These are traits we look for in many of our investment decisions. Below we have highlighted three names who have all announced new and improved capital return programs just in the past week.Loading chart... Even in today's ugly tape, Nucor shares are on the rise after the company announced...
    In this article DOCU ETSY DASH ZM A man points at a computer screen showing stock information.Regis Duvignau | ReutersA funny thing happened on the way to the stock market's retreat. Stay-at-home stocks that benefitted most from Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdowns, like Etsy, DoorDash, Zoom and DocuSign, were the worst performers this week. It's the opposite reaction that one might expect as the new Covid omicron variant, which the World Health Organization said poses a "very high" global risk, makes its way around the world. The sharp selloff suggests investors are betting that, no matter what happens with omicron, the U.S. is done with the shutdowns that boosted food delivery and streaming TV services while forcing people to collaborate remotely for work and chat endlessly by video with friends and family members. Shares of pandemic darling Zoom slumped 18% for the week, hitting a new 52-week low on Dec. 3 of $177.12 a share, a 69% drop from its record high in October 2020. Shares of online marketplace Etsy, which became a haven for mask buyers early in...
    A construction worker passes a job site at Metropolitan Park, the first phase of new construction of Amazon's HQ2 development Arlington, Virginia October 13, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters If you would have believed the Labor Department, August and September looked to be signaling a jobs market that was just about out of gas. Initial readings from the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that August had seen payrolls growth of just 235,000, while September was stuck at 194,000. Both were well below Wall Street expectations at the time. But what a difference a couple of months can make. By the time the BLS was finished with its counting, August had come all the way up to 483,000, more than doubling the initial estimate. September, meanwhile, saw its final revision put at 379,000, nearly doubling the first count. The BLS issues revisions in the subsequent two months after the initial report. Such wild changes have been commonplace this year. In fact, revisions from the first estimate to the third and final release have added nearly 1 million jobs to the initial...
    CHRISTMAS might feel ages away, but if you're not too sure what to treat your boyfriend to, now's the time to start thinking about it. And if you're not feeling inspired? Don't worry, we've put together a list of the best Christmas gifts for boyfriends for you to look through. 25Looking for the perfect gift for your boyfriend?Credit: Alamy Maybe you're on a tight budget, but you still want to find him something extra-special. Or maybe you'd like to treat your boyfriend to something a little different, like an experience he'll never forget. Whether you're looking for something cute, fun, alcohol-related or even personalised, we've got it covered in our selection below. And if you want to save even more? Sign up to TopCashback and/or Quidco. These cashback sites will earn you money every time you shop with selected partners, so it's a great time to sign up and earn more. Don't forget to check out the Black Friday sales too, as the November shopping event is the perfect opportunity to bag a bargain. Here's our selection...
    VIDEO1:4101:41The 'Great Resignation' means a heavier workload for those left behindInvest in You: Ready. Set. Grow. Did your "Great Resignation" lead you to start a business or become your own boss this year? You may be able to write off the cost of your home office come tax time. "Knowing that you're not a 9-to-5 [worker] anymore, you can now take advantage of the home-office deduction," said Sheneya Wilson, CPA and founder of Fola Financial in New York, adding that it's one of the biggest deductions that people who work out of their homes can take.Here's who can claim the deductionThere are some parameters when it comes to who is eligible for the home-office deduction, even though millions of Americans worked from home this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The tax break is generally only for those who are self-employed, gig workers or independent contractors, not those who are employed by a company that gives them a W-2 come tax season. "Employees who receive a paycheck or a W-2 exclusively from an employer are not eligible for the...
    ‘Tis the season for holiday lights, delicious feasts, and gifts galore. On your list for Santa might be a Star Wars Lego set, a Barbie dream house, and maybe even a new puppy. But before you head out to your local pet shop or shelter to surprise the kids with a 12-week-old Labrador pup, consider that soon that ball of fluff will blossom into a 70-pound ball of energy – and a lifetime commitment. Here are the top five reasons you should think twice before adding a furry friend to your family for the holidays. 1. Puppies Aren’t Forever Watson Media/Flickr Sure, Fido may be tiny and cuddly now, but soon, he’ll be enormous — in size and commitment. You may be looking to replace your house slippers with a slumbering furball at your feet, but you’ll also be getting chewing, whining, and puddles in the kitchen. Growing puppies and kittens need constant attention and a structured life — two things that are extremely difficult to provide during the busy, stressful holiday season. A puppy can go from being...
    MANCHESTER UNITED interim manager Ralf Rangnick has revealed why he rejected the Chelsea job earlier this year before Thomas Tuchel's arrival. The German was offered just four months to work his magic with the manager-less Blues. "When Chelsea contacted me it was just for four months interim manager" ????Ralf Rangnick explains why he turned down a move to Chelsea earlier this year - but he could not reject Manchester United pic.twitter.com/Jt38i6pV5N— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 3, 2021 There was also no indication Rangnick would work with the club long-term after his stint in charge as manager. He has since taken up a six-month managerial job at United with the prospective of a two-year advisory role afterwards. In his first appearance in front of the press as United boss, Rangnick said: "At the time when Chelsea contacted me this year in February, they only spoke about the option to become interim manager for four months. "So it was in February, without any prospective to work in the long-term together, and here now we're talking about six-and-a-half months, so...
    Share this: Brooklyn has no shortage of houses whose owners mount elaborate, colorful and expensive displays of lights for the Christmas season. The best known are in Dyker Heights, so much so that some tourist buses have made the neighborhood and its lights a Christmas destination. But in Canarsie, the display mounted by the Seddio family home has also become a tradition over the decades. Now, however, Canarsie has gotten a bit less joyous for the holiday season. Former Kings County Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio’s home, which has generated large crowds with its massive holiday display at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street, is up for sale.
    The Pentagon's anti-extremism watchdog has published its first report, revealing that the US Army had more incidents of alleged racist behavior than any other branch of the military.    A Department of Defense Inspector General report that was published on Wednesday revealed 33 allegations of 'racially motivated violent extremism' within the Army, with a similar number, 30, in the Navy between January 1 and September 30 of this year. The Marine Corps had seven instances while the Air Force reported zero but that branch of the military does not escape criticism - the report found ten allegations of its members attending the January 6th riot in Washington D.C. Air Force bosses lumped all its extremist incidents together, and reported 160 in total, including the unidentified members said to have rioted at the Capitol.  The highest number of racist incidents was in the Army with 34 incidents reported The Air Force was also the only service to report 'trespassing at the U.S. Capitol.'  When it came to instances of anti-government/anti-authority behavior, the Army documented 34 instances, 14 in the Navy and 25 from...
    by James Densley, Metropolitan State University and Jillian Peterson, Hamline University Whenever a school shooting takes place like the one at Oxford High School in suburban Detroit on November 30, 2021, it is typically followed by a familiar chorus of questions. How could such a thing happen? Why doesn’t the government do more to stop these shootings from occurring? Those questions are even more urgent in light of the fact that the shooting at Oxford High School was one of 222 school shootings in 2021, an all-time high, according to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s K-12 School Shooting Database. That’s over 100 more school shootings in 2021 than in 2019 or 2018, respectively the second- and third-worst years on record. In the Oxford High School case, a 15-year-old boy armed with a semiautomatic handgun is accused of killing four students and injuring six others and a teacher. As shown in our 2021 book, “The Violence Project: How to Stop a Mass Shooting Epidemic,” school mass shooters tend to be current or former students of the school. They...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Stunning new developments in court on Thursday, as a man, seen on-camera kicking an 84-year-old man out of a seated walker, makes a return to court after being let out on mental health diversion."The words restorative justice have been weaponized to silence a victim of hate!," cried one of the demonstrators outside the Hall of Justice Thursday afternoon. Members of groups such as Asians Are Strong, Stop AAPI Hate, career prosecutor Nancy Tung and the United Peace Collaborative met with dozens of community members to express how they believe the San Francisco District Attorney's Office handled Mr. Rong Xin Liao's Case.Video broken by ABC7 back in March of 2021 shows Mr. Liao kicked out of his seated walker in the Tenderloin by 24-year old Eric Ramos Hernandez.Mr. Liao suffered injuries which required multiple stitches, along with serious head injuries and a blood clot which required drilling into his skull. According to court documents, Ramos-Hernandez spent seven months in jail. He has been released on mental health diversion.A victims services advocate for the DA's office claimed Mr....
    (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...
    HARRY and Meghan are working to protect their £18million podcast deal after failing to produce any content this year — leaving Spotify chiefs mystified. Pressure has been mounting on the pair to follow up the only episode of their multi-year contract — a solitary 35-minute holiday special last December. 4Prince Harry and Meghan left Spotify chiefs baffled after failing to follow up on their only 35-minute holiday podcast last DecemberCredit: Splash 4The pair is working to protect their £18million deal as the giant expected a full-scale launch of content throughout 2021Credit: AFP Spotify last year excitedly announced it was expecting a full-scale launch of content from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex throughout 2021. But with only one show under their belts, the streaming platform has so far paid the couple £500,000 for each minute. Meanwhile, Harry has appeared on numerous other podcasts, including Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert in May, where he said his life was like Jim Carrey film The Truman Show. They both also found time to sit down for their sensational Oprah interview in March — while...
    Damages from Hurricane Ida are expected to cost up to $95 billion, with many residents in the hardest-hit regions still recovering. The final day of the Atlantic hurricane season has come quietly as no named storms formed after Sept. 25. The season, which runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, was once again incredibly active and—for the second year in a row—resulted in all 21 storm names that were unveiled by the World Meteorological Organization being exhausted. The final storm of the season was Tropical Storm Wanda, which clung to the northeast and resulted in $200 million in damages. Of those storms, seven were classified as hurricanes and four were deemed major storms classified as Category 3 or higher. Inarguably the costliest—and deadliest—storm of the season was Hurricane Ida, which made landfall multiple times as a weaker storm before coalescing into a Category 3 hurricane that hit Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Aug. 29. It was upgraded to a Category 4 hurricane within an hour of making landfall in Louisiana. Last year saw 30 named storms, marking the most active season in recorded history, though the...
    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...
    On this day, a year ago, we lacked the one thing we needed most of all in our fight against COVID: an approved vaccine to deploy to the people of the UK. Tomorrow, a year ago, that all changed. On 2nd December 2020 our regulator, the MHRA, became the first in the world to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; a few weeks later the AstraZeneca vaccine was licensed. 1Prof Jonathan Van-Tam at a Downing Street briefing on boosters on MondayCredit: AFP A vast amount of work had led up to that point, and a vast amount of work has followed to get those vital jabs into arms. That was a real turning point in the battle with the pandemic. On 8th December, just 6 days after approval, Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a deployed dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Over 115 million vaccinations later, we can see the powerful impact the UK deployed vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca) have had in saving lives, reducing serious illness, and taking pressure of the NHS. The huge delivery of...
    New York (CNN Business)So much for a year-end Santa Claus rally? The broader market has pulled back in the past week as worries about the Omicron variant of Covid-19 have rattled investors' confidence. These latest coronavirus concerns have traders wondering if this is finally the end of the long running bull market. Comments from Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell about inflation weren't helping either.The Dow fell more than 600 points in midday trading Tuesday. The CNN Business Fear & Greed Index, which measures seven indicators of sentiment, has plunged back into Fear territory in the past few days and is not far from Extreme Fear levels. Just a week ago, the index was showing signs of Greed.All of a sudden, investors are once again worried about the virus — and whether it will derail the economic recovery and change plans the Federal Reserve has to start winding down its stimulus programs.Read More"The variant is a bigger culprit for the sell-off than Powell," said James Ragan, director of wealth management research at D.A. Davidson. "Given the fear that Omicron could slow...
    Gov. Kathy Hochul cautioned that New York is bracing for the new Omicron COVID-19 variant to make its way south from Canada, and elsewhere, though she declared that the state will be ready for it when it does. Hochul said during a COVID-19 briefing this week that the new variant is being closely monitored by state health officials, including the state testing center at Wadsworth Labs in Albany, and while Omicron is a concern, New York now has more tools to combat it than at the outset of the pandemic in March 2020. Earlier story - COVID-19: First Cases Of New Variant Identified In North America “We’re fully monitoring it - but the difference this time, unlike last year, is we’re not defenseless," Hochul said. "We know exactly what has to happen. Anyone over the age of 5 can get vaccinated, and anyone 18 and up can get their booster shots. 
“We’ve always encouraged mask use, and we’re encouraging businesses to do the same among patrons and employees,” she continued. “It’s just simple measures … Mask wearing, hand sanitation, limit activities, but...
    In the U.K., John Eyers was an athlete who didn’t have any major health conditions. But Eyers was also an anti-vaxxer who downplayed the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and refused to wear face masks — and he was only 42 when he became infected with COVID-19 and died from it. Journalist Sirin Kale discusses Eyers’ short life and anti-vaxxer views in an article published by The Guardian on November 30. And his sister, Jenny McCann, recalls some of the things Eyers said about COVID-19 vaccines and the pandemic during the final months of his life. McCann recalls an argument she had with her brother in June 2021, telling The Guardian, “John started saying really crazy things that didn’t make sense. About how people were only getting the vaccine for free McDonald’s, and there was formaldehyde in it…. He kept saying: ‘I won’t be a guinea pig.’” Jonathan Cohen, a close friend of Eyers, also urged him to get vaccinated. But Eyers kept listening to anti-vaxxers on social media. Cohen told The Guardian, “I would tell him: ‘Why won’t you...
    (CNN)Rain fell on the summit of Greenland instead of snow for the first time on record in August, as the Northern Hemisphere experienced warmer-than-usual summer temperatures. A new study suggests that's likely to be the norm in just four or five decades.The Arctic is expected to experience more rain than snow some time between 2060 and 2070, marking a major transition in its precipitation patterns as the climate crisis jacks up temperatures in the region, according to the study published on Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications.The Arctic Ocean began warming decades earlier than previously thought, new research showsNew climate modeling shows the transition could happen earlier than scientists had previously projected. Michelle McCrystall, the lead author of the study and climate researcher at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, told CNN that earlier modeling suggested it wouldn't occur until between 2090 and 2100."But with the new set of models, this actually has been pushed forward to about between 2060 and 2070, so there's quite a jump there by 20 years with this early transition," she said. A separate study...
    A couple who make $350,000 a year on OnlyFans have shared their incredible festive display – including eight Christmas trees and luxury trips worth up to $10,000 for their children. Courtney Ann, 38, from Fort Worth, Texas, US, and husband Nick, 41, have been raking in the dough by sharing saucy snaps of the mum online, @texasthighs on Instagram – and now they are splashing the cash on making this Christmas their biggest yet. 3We wish we were on her friends' list too!Credit: Jam Press The couple – who have two daughters, aged 16 and 13, names not included for privacy reasons – have decked their mansion out with eight trees, including one that is 12ft tall. But when it comes to gifts, they have a less traditional approach – opting to treat their daughters to lavish vacations to Disney World, Jamaica and cruises around the globe. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED The home, which measures over 4,000sq ft, is covered in festive displays, with everything from the dining room table to the bedrooms...
    Getty Phoenix Suns forward Eddie Johnson looks on during a 1989 game. A quarter of the way into the 2021-22 season, it’s reasonable to say that the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t where they want to be. On an individual basis, the same could be said for some of the team’s top stars, too. To that end, Russell Westbrook’s name immediately jumps to mind, however, Anthony Davis is having issues of his own. On the whole, the eight-time All-Star is having the kind of year Lakers fans have come to expect. That said, there are some funky aspects to his shot chart that will be worth monitoring as the season goes on. For the year, Davis has connected on just 20.5% of his triples. Among players who have attempted two or more longballs per contest while playing 15-plus games this season, that number is the fourth-worst mark in the Association. We’re talking Blake Griffin-level bad, yet he continues to shoot the three. It’s a trend that has raised some eyebrows. Specifically, those of former NBA star Eddie Johnson.Johnson Is...
    By Noah Sheidlower and Radhika Marya | CNN This year, dog parks may be filled with more pups named Grogu, Britney and Zoom. Rover.com, the app and website that connects users with pet-care services, has released its ninth annual report on the year’s most popular pet names, which include those inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic — and of course, celebrities. Soaring pet adoption rates, combined with extra time spent at home, led to some fascinating pet name trends, according to Kate Jaffe, director of brand marketing at Rover.com. “Some people may pick a name that they just think really reflects their pet’s quirky personality,” Jaffe told CNN. “But at the end of the day, what they’re really trying to do is honor the relationship they have with their pet and give them a name that showcases their pet’s personality and also shines a little bit of light on their own personality.” Developed between September and October, the report was based on millions of user-submitted pet names that owners provided when registering on Rover.com. This year, Covid-inspired names were on the...
    SHIBA Inu is back in the green after some volatility- and some are still wondering where the price will be by the end of 2021. Meme coin Shiba Inu has hit multiple new record highs in recent weeks. 1Shiba has surged more than 95% in the past month Over the past 24 hours, Shiba has surged 32% to $0.0000514, according to CoinMarketCap. On October 28, Shiba hit an all-time high of $0.00008845. However, since then, Shiba has been trading well below those levels. But there has been one notable achievement for Shiba in the past month or so despite the volatility. On November 12, 2021, cryptocurrency exchange CoinDCX listed Shiba Inu on its mobile trading app. Up until then, it was only available on the platform in trade-only mode on CoinDCX Pro. Shiba Inu being traded on CoinDCX follows the company announcing it is the first cryptocurrency firm in India to reach a valuation of over $1billion, giving it unicorn status. Most read in MoneyPAYDAY December deadline for '$3,600 stimulus' check as 'surprise' cash sentMONEY BAGS New 'stimulus' check to...
    Florida Recently, a mission led by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) discovered a strange planet that only exists 16 hours a year. Astronomers have named this planet TOI-2109b. Astronomers have so far discovered more than 4000 planets outside the Solar System. Many of these planets orbit the sun just like the earth. Although these planets are thousands of light years away from Earth. Planet TOI-2109b is full of gas The new planet discovered by astronomers is a gas planet, also known as ‘Hot Jupiter’. Astronomers have not yet discovered such a planet. Astronomers have discovered many hotter Jupiters in the last few years. In fact these planets are similar to Jupiter found in our solar system. The specialty of the hot Jupiter planets is that they orbit the Sun within 10 days. Do you know why TOI-2109b Ultra Hot Jupiter? As the hottest Jupiter orbits their Sun within 10 days, TOI-2109b is far ahead in this regard, hence the name TOI-2109b Ultra Hot Jupiter because the planet’s surface temperature is 3300 degrees Celsius and orbits its Sun. In just...
    D.C. and its immediate suburbs have overall accepted about 50% more unaccompanied immigrant children in 2020 than initially projected, according to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. The federal agency said 4,575 children have arrived in the area so far this year in the District, Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, and Virginia’s Fairfax County. More Montgomery County Council News More Montgomery County News More Local News “We’re going to do everything we can to support their academic needs as well as their social and emotional needs,” said Gabe Albornoz, vice president of the Montgomery County Council. “It’s not only in their best interest for us to be able to do that, but it’s in our community’s best interest.” Albornoz previously told Montgomery Community Media that about 3,000 children were expected. “They’re coming with tremendous challenges,” Albernoz said during a meeting Monday of county and school system officials. Many of the children left their home countries fleeing dire situations such as conflict, violence and poverty. So far this year, Montgomery County has received 1,230 children. That number...
    NEW YORK -- Following the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is celebrated every Tuesday after Thanksgiving to encourage people to do good this holiday season.Since its start in 2012, the global movement has inspired hundreds of millions to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity.The 92nd Street Y, a community center in New York, is credited with coming up with the idea. A separate organization, called GivingTuesday, was later created to organize and promote it.Charities and businesses use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on social media to spread awareness and seek donations.Here's how you can help this Giving Tuesday:Disney's Ultimate Toy DriveEMBED More News Videos Disney is kicking off its annual Ultimate Toy Drive campaign with a $500,000 donation to the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve's Toys for Tots Foundation. For more than 70 years, The Walt Disney Company has supported Toys for Tots to bring comfort, happiness and inspiration to children and families in need during the holiday season.U.S. Marine Corp Reserve's Toys for Tots Foundation has distributed more than 500 million toys to families in need since...
              moreby Ailan Evans   A record number of Americans say they won’t be purchasing gifts for the holidays this year amid ongoing inflation concerns and supply chain disruptions, a survey shows. Roughly 11% of Americans said they expected to spend no money at all on gifts during the holiday season, according to a holiday retail survey by Deloitte. The number is the highest since Deloitte began its holiday retail survey in the 1980s and more than double the share of shoppers in 2020 who said they wouldn’t be buying presents. Almost two-thirds of those not buying gifts earned less than $50,000 per year. Those earning over $100,000 said they expected to spend $2,624 on gifts, a 15% increase from last year, while those earning less than $50,000 expected to spend $536 on gifts, a 22% decrease from last year. “This tale of two holidays is a pretty good reflection of the tale of two pandemics, right?,” Stephen Rogers, managing director of Deloitte’s consumer industry center, told CNBC in an interview. “What starts off as a health crisis turns into a financial crisis if you’re in...
    The flu season is beginning to gain traction with a predominant strain that concerns one infectious disease expert, and he’s urging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot. “We’re starting to see the first cases,” said Dr. Bill Petri, professor of infectious diseases at the University of Virginia. “And it’s the more dangerous of the three strains that’s here. It’s what’s called influenza A(H3N2), which is associated with worse diseases, especially in the elderly.” In the past, influenza A(H3N2) virus-predominant seasons were associated with more hospitalizations and deaths in people 65 and older compared with other age groups and other influenza viruses, according to a recent advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that warned about increased A(H3N2) activity. The advisory states most cases now are occurring among young adults and in college and university settings, where there’s potential also for co-circulation with COVID-19. Dr. Bill Petri urges people to keep their guards up at least until spring. (Courtesy University of Virginia/Sanjay Suchak) The flu was nearly nonexistent in the first year of the pandemic,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A mother of a Temple University student is grieving the loss of her son who was killed during an attempted robbery. Twenty-one-year-old Samuel Sean Collington is being remembered as a kind, caring young man who had a bright future ahead of him. There is an overall feeling of shock and sadness as people who knew Sam say he was passionate and hardworking. His mother says they will not stop until they get justice. READ MORE: Teen Shot Nearly 20 Times, Killed Outside Of North Philadelphia Rite Aid, Police Say“Sam was absolutely an amazing, amazing individual,” his mother said. Surrounded by loved ones — her voice quivering — Molly Collington read a statement about her beloved son Samuel Sean Collington. “My son Sam Collington was and is our hero, and this senseless act crushes us. He was kind and accomplished – president of his class, an eagle scout, National Honor Society, band, an intern at city hall, among many other things. Sam spent all of his free time raising awareness for the issues that meant the...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Monument Lighting is making a comeback after a taking a year-long hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual event is a tradition in Baltimore, which marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. This year marks the lighting’s 50th anniversary. READ MORE: Nursing Programs Send Students Into The Workforce To Help Combat Workforce ShortageIt involves hanging thousands of Christmas lights – 8,400 to be exact – from the Washington Monument in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, starting at the monument’s base and going all the way up. “Other cities can light a tree, but Baltimore has to do things its own way,” said Mike Evitts, senior vice president of communications for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “So, we light our monument, which by the way is older than the one in D.C.” Because of the pandemic, the event was held virtually last year. But this year, organizers are getting ready to host the festivities in person once more. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at Mount Vernon Place, located...
    CYPRESS (CBSLA) — One of the two horses injured in a race at Los Alamitos on Sunday has died, state officials confirmed Monday. During Sunday’s seventh race, 2-year-old fillys Conchita and Not This World were both vanned off with injuries. READ MORE: Grandmother, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home; Father Germarcus David ArrestedConchita fell and suffered a fatal injury. No information was available Monday on Not This World’s condition. Both horses are owned by Ed Allred, who is also the owner of the Los Alamitos Race Course. READ MORE: Container Fees Delayed Another Week With Cargo Movement Improving At Ports Of LA, Long BeachConchita, who was trained by James Glenn Jr. and whose jockey was Henry Lopez, is the 10th horse to die from a racing or training injury at the Cypress track this year, according to the California Horse Racing Board. Los Alamitos was placed on probation last summer after a number of racehorses died at the track. At least 20 died in 2020 from racing or training injuries, while another 10 were found to have died...
    DANI ALVES thinks Christian Eriksen should win this year's Ballon d'Or after his Euro 2020 ordeal. The Dane suffered a cardiac arrest during his country's clash against Finland and Barcelona full-back Alves reckons the 29-year-old should be recognised as a result. 2Dani Alves says Christian Eriksen should win this year's Ballon d'OrCredit: Getty 2It comes after the Dane suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020Credit: Instagram @chriseriksen8 Lionel Messi is one of the favourites to scoop the prestigious award. But his old Barcelona team-mate Alves - who has recently returned to the Nou Camp - says those voting should look elsewhere. He said: "I think Eriksen would deserve the Ballon d'Or this year because of what he has been through. "It would be a strong message for the whole football world, people would have more sensitivity. "Messi is the best, he has been for 20 years, but it would be nice for everyone if Eriksen won it. "I think on this occasion there was a chance to send a message to the world and to...