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    Omicron was already in the Netherlands five days before South Africa alerted the World Health Organisation about it last week, Dutch health authorities have revealed. The RIVM health institute found the mutant Covid strain in samples dating from November 19 and 23. But the WHO said South Africa first reported the the variant to the UN health agency on November 24.  A traveler from South Africa is tested for the Omicron variant upon arrival in a specially designed test lane at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands today It remains unclear where or when the variant first emerged - but that hasn't stopped wary nations from rushing to impose travel restrictions, especially on visitors coming from southern Africa.  Those moves have been criticised by South Africa and the WHO has urged against them, noting their limited effect. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next British tourists' ski holiday chaos as Switzerland brings in... Moderna chief warns 'it will be MONTHS' before there's a... Share this article Share Much is still not known about the variant...
    by Duaa Eldeib and Tony Briscoe ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. A Chicago hospital with a history of patient-care violations didn’t tell police that a patient in its psychiatric unit may have been sexually assaulted by another patient, even though the incident was caught on surveillance video. Nor did the facility, Roseland Community Hospital on the far South Side, closely monitor the alleged attacker — identified in records as a 49-year-old man with a history of sexual violence and aggression — as it was supposed to do. Five months after the June 24 incident, hospital officials acknowledged, Roseland still has not identified the potential victim. Roseland president and CEO Tim Egan said the hospital did not become aware of the incident until about two months after it happened. Yet even then, the hospital did not notify regulators at the Illinois Department of Public Health, as the agency said it should have done. The agency investigated the incident about a week after the...
    As Alec Baldwin said Friday that his “heart is broken” over his role in a devastating movie-set shooting that killed the movie’s cinematographer, his fans flooded social media with messages of love and concern. The veteran film and TV star, 63, tweeted that there “are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.” Hutchins, 42, died Thursday after police say Baldwin fired a “prop gun” that also wounded the film’s director, Joel Souza, 48. In his two tweets Friday, Baldwin said he was fully cooperating with the police investigating and said he had been in touch with Hutchins’ family. “Cannot imagine what you are going through right now. Know you are loved and it was an accident,” wrote someone in a response to an Instagram video that Baldwin shared sometime Thursday, before the fatal shooting on the set his Western film “Rust” in New Mexico. “I hope u can heal. In time,” wrote another. Even critics of Baldwin, who has...
    Gabby Petito's mother has told of how she believed Brian Laundrie would keep her daughter safe on the ill-fated road trip that saw the young woman strangled to death.   During a 60 Minutes Australia interview posted online Sunday, Petito’s mother said that while she worried about the trip before it began in July, she believed Laundrie would protect her daughter. ‘It felt safe because she was with Brian and I felt like she would be OK,’ Nichole Schmidt told the outlet. ‘I thought he would take care of her.’ Schmidt recalled a time when she was fond of Laundrie. Nichole Schmidt (right) is pictured with daughter Gabby Petito, who was slain in August Earlier in their relationship, he would visit the family’s home, and draw pictures and read books to Petito’s younger sibling. ‘He was very polite and quiet,’ she said. ‘He just seemed like a nice guy.’ She now has a different impression of Laundrie, who did not accept her calls before going missing.   The grieving mom, who flew to Wyoming to collect her daughter's ashes over the weekend, said...
    Lead singer of the band “Smash Mouth,” Steve Harwell, returned to the stage at a beer and wine festival in New York following alleged heart issues, and some audience members say it was out of control. In one video of the band’s performance posted on TikTok, the 54-year-old singer appears to use profanity on stage saying, “No, you’re a fucking nut bag,” “Fuck you, bitches” and “I’ll fucking kill your whole family, I swear to God.” Barstool Sports reported about the TikTok video in a piece published Monday. (RELATED: Conor McGregor Gets Into An Altercation With Machine Gun Kelly At The VMAs) WATCH: I absolutely can not wait to see @smashmouth now pic.twitter.com/l7FAsiHuSK — Kristi YamagucciSlain (@wapplehouse) October 11, 2021 At one point in the video, Harwell drops a beer and the creator of the TikTok clip suggests the singer was wasted. (RELATED: Superstar Musician Gets Into Fight With Concertgoer Mid-Song) The same clip was shared on social media by various users, and some fans accused the lead singer of doing a “Nazi salute” to the audience during the performance, LAD Bible...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Officials said breach on the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office website did not expose anyone’s personal information – but an expert said it still had the potential to cause big problems. The breach even sent users to, of all places, an NFL site. READ MORE: Chicago CRED Works To Create Change By Pulling Young People Out Of Cycle Of Violence, Poverty The Circuit Court Clerk’s office didn’t come clean about it until CBS 2’s Jackie Kostek started digging – and got to the truth. Just spoke to someone at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office who said the website which has been down for almost two weeks was breached. They “caught it quick” and no ransomware was discovered. Site may be down for 2-3 more weeks @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/i9u29q6PJs — Jackie Kostek (@JackieKostek) August 26, 2021 For 13 days, the website of the Circuit Court of Cook County clerk has been down for “maintenance.” But that wasn’t the whole story. According to Clerk of the Circuit Court Iris Y. Martinez, “unusual” activity was found...
    More On: united kingdom Reinfected COVID survivors less likely to spread virus: study Star Olympic diver knits adorable pouch for his gold medal Demand for stain remover surges as social distancing lessens Former FDA head says US may turn pandemic around in coming weeks A depraved murderer in the UK has been sentenced to life behind bars for stabbing his girlfriend to death — and scrawling the words “It was me” on her leg in red nail polish. Daniel Smith, 41, of Oldham, attacked Imogen Bohajczuk, 29, his girlfriend of several months, with a kitchen knife after an argument in February, The Sun reported. On Tuesday, Judge Patrick Field sentenced Smith — who pleaded guilty to murder on July 20 — to life in the slammer, with a minimum term of 17 1/2 years. “As I told you at the time, there is only one sentence that the law provides for the offense of murder and that is life imprisonment,” Field told him, according to the Manchester Evening News.“It remains my task, however, to decide upon the appropriate minimum...
    In this screengrab from ABC7, Keegan Casteel leaves jail at the 18th District police headquarters in Chicago July 7, 2021. ABC7 via AP An man caught by police with guns in his Chicago hotel room said it was "an honest to God accident." Footage viewed by media outlets showed that police had worried "it could've been a Las Vegas thing." Keegan Casteel, 32, was arrested and charged with two felony counts. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An Iowa man found with firearms in his Chicago hotel room sparked fears of a Las Vegas-style massacre, but told police officers it was all "an honest to God accident" and he "didn't mean to startle anyone," according to footage viewed by the Associated Press and the Chicago Sun-Times. Keegan Casteel, 32, was arrested and charged with two felony counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. His lawyer derided the media coverage of the incident, saying his client was visiting the city to propose to his girlfriend, not to commit a mass shooting, the Associated Press reported. The incident began...
    More On: murders 17-year-old fatally shot on Queens street Teen found guilty of murdering sisters in ‘blood pact with devil’ to win lottery Fourth grader identified as victim of fatal New Jersey drive-by shooting 14-year-old girl sentenced for murder of DC Uber Eats driver A Las Vegas woman allegedly killed her 5-year-old daughter who was found dead in her sweltering bedroom — and told investigators “it was a necessary sacrifice,” police said. Kemaya Taylor, 23, was charged with murder and child abuse after her daughter’s body was discovered in the family’s stifling home on June 28. The girl’s 2-year-old sister was found alive inside the locked bedroom, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Cops initially went to the residence 12 days earlier for a welfare check when an acquittance reported that Taylor made a “vague suicidal threat.” She told police she planned to quit her job and to “watch out on the news,” an arrest report shows. Taylor and her children could not be found at the time, but a neighbor called police back to the home on June 28...
    Theresa Balboa, 29, is pictured in her new mugshot after arrived at Harris County jail on Friday to face charges in the death of Samuel Olson  The Texas woman who has been arrested in connection with the death of her boyfriend's five-year-old son was transferred to the Harris County jail on Friday morning and photographed for a new mugshot.  Theresa Balboa, 29, currently faces a charge of tampering with evidence - human corpse stemming from the death of Samuel Olson.  Balboa did not appear in court for a probable cause hearing because she was in the Mental Health Unit at the jail, but a judge set her bail at $500,000 after deeming her a flight risk because she was previously out on bond stemming from a domestic violence case, reported KHOU11.  If Balboa is released on bond, she will be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor, remain under house arrest and have no contact with any children.   These new developments come less than 24 hours after disturbing details emerged concerning the circumstances of Samuel's death, suggesting that Balboa had...
    IT took model Whitney Page Veneable eight years to gain nearly 100,000 followers on Twitter - so when she was banned from the social media platform earlier this month, she was absolutely fuming. The influencer claims her Twitter account was deleted after "jealous women" reported her for being "too hot". 3Whitney Paige Veneable had her Twitter account deleted when other users reported her underwear selfieCredit: Jam Press The 26-year-old, from Florida, believes an underwear selfie she posted was what resulted in the ban. She explained: "The ban came as a complete shock to me as I’d never used Twitter other than to write a few comments about TV shows I was watching or share photos from my Instagram account. "One day, I changed my cover photo to an innocent shot of me showing off my figure – but I was wearing underwear.  "And suddenly, my account was banned. It made me feel discriminated against because there are far worse pictures on Twitter." 3Whitney claims the people who reported her are just 'jealous'Credit: whitneypaige.tv/Instagram 3Whitney had to buy a new phone...
    A convicted felon in Ohio attempted to flee from his sentencing hearing by jumping off the balcony outside the courtroom, security footage showed.  Video from security cameras at the Franklin Court of Common Pleas in Columbus showed Donald Mullins, 44, wriggling free of two officers.  With his momentary freedom, Mullins vaulted over the glass railing of a nearby walkway, falling from the sixth to fifth floors, WCMH reported. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT The graphic video was posted to YouTube.    (Franklin County Sheriff) AVENATTI SEEKS FREEDOM FROM HOME DETENTION AS MULTIPLE TRIALS UNFOLD A woman then filmed the aftermath, showing a bloody floor where Mullins landed before panning over to see him dragging himself across the floor.  Mullins broke his leg and appeared to have bashed his nose on the floor. Sheriff’s deputies quickly recaptured Mullins before he could crawl too far.  He was taken to Grant Medical Center for treatment following his failed escape.  GEORGIA DEPUTY DEMOTED FOLLOWING K-9 DEATH IN A HOT PATROL CAR Mullins had been charged with robbery.  Judge Mark Serrott sentenced Mullins to four to...
    (CNN)Taiwan has imposed new restrictions including limits on gatherings in its capital as it battles its biggest coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic last year.The democratically-ruled island off the coast of China, widely praised as a success for its handling of Covid-19, reported 207 new cases Sunday -- a record single-day rise. One infection was imported from India, while the others were all locally transmitted.Taiwanese authorities imposed new social distancing measures Saturday, closing bars, clubs and gyms around the island, and restricting indoor gatherings in Taipei and the surrounding New Taipei City to five people. In Taipei, people must wear masks outdoors -- failure to do so is punishable by a fine of 3,000 to 15,000 New Taiwanese dollars ($107 to $535). All schools and kindergartens in Taipei and New Taipei will be closed for two weeks starting Tuesday, and several local councils have also been suspended.The measures are in response to "an increasing level of community transmission, shown by cases of unknown sources of infection as well as cluster infections in Taipei City and New Taipei City,"...
    The Associated Press has been accused of lying about whether it knew Hamas maintained a military presence in its Gaza headquarters. Israeli forces destroyed Jala Tower which had been the AP's headquarters in the Palestinian territory for 15 years, and was also where Al Jazeera was based. Politicians and journalists in the United States rushed to condemn the bombing, claiming the Israelis had endangered the lives of the journalists. Israel said it had given the media outlets an hours' warning to get out of the building before the bombing, and that it was a legitimate target because it housed Hamas military forces. AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said in a statement that he was 'shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP's bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.' He also claimed that the AP didn't know that Hamas was 'active in the building.'   But a 2014 report in The Atlantic written by journalist Matti Freidman suggested Associated Press were well aware of Hamas's presence in the building - and chose not...
    One of the most important parts of good governance is communicating to constituents what to expect and then actually delivering what was expected. In the current political environment, this is particularly important for Democrats as they work to revive the notion that government, in the right hands, can respond to the needs of the people. In fact, delivering for voters is what Democrats are betting the midterm elections on, while Republicans throw a muddle of hot-button culture war issues at their base in hopes of riling them to the polls. One of the most important tests of Democrats' ability to deliver good outcomes when they are in charge will undoubtedly be how voters perceive the rollout of President Biden's COVID-19 rescue package, since he was largely hired to fix Donald Trump's flailing national response to the pandemic. Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief measure passed solely by Democrats had the benefit of being favored by some 70% of Americans, but those expectations also carried with them a heavier burden of delivery.  New polling from Civiqs/Daily Kos brings good news on that front. On what was arguably the...
    PARIS (AP) — Residents of Paris and several other regions of France spent their first weekend under a limited monthlong lockdown. While the French government insisted the rules would be less strict than in the past, the measures have been criticized as messy. A travel authorization certificate posted online was so ridiculed by French media for its unnecessary complexity that the Interior Ministry scrapped it within hours. For now, simple proof of residence is required to stroll within a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) radius. The form the French government still obliges citizens to fill out to travel greater distances – up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) also was not accessible online because of a technical glitch. A website Sunday simply said, “Available soon.” Under the new restrictions, nonessential shops were closed but people are not required to spend most of the day confined at home. The government announced the measures on Thursday as the coronavirus picked up speed again in some parts of France. The country reported 35,327 new confirmed cases on Saturday, when the number of COVID-19 patients in French intensive...
    Tornadoes tore through multiple states Wednesday and Thursday, destroying homes and seriously injuring at least two people. The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center announced on Wednesday that it was projecting tornadoes in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi. One Alabama resident described using a “human chain” to protect his family from the storm. “My sister that lived here came over there, pulled up to the basement, blowing the horn. She got out of the car and the tornado, it was pulling her away. So my oldest son Trent went out the door, grabbed a hold of her. It was pulling both of them away. So my youngest son stepped out and grabbed hold of them. It was like a human chain,” the man told ABC’s Victor Oquendo. The tornado ultimately reached wind speeds of 130 miles per hour, Oquendo reported. However, the tornado did not kill anyone, Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey told CNN. Alabama is considered part of “Dixie Alley,” an area that is heavily susceptible to tornadoes, particularly in the late fall, according to the National Center...
    Several suspected tornadoes made landfall Saturday afternoon in north Texas between Lubbock and Amarillo, according to the National Weather Service, but no injuries or deaths were reported. Miami World / apnews Two possible tornadoes made landfall in southern Amarillo near Palo Duro Canyon State Park, reported meteorologist Trent Hoffeditz in Amarillo. The park had reported property damage and a home was hit by an apparent tornado, according to Chad Orton, Amarillo-area director of Emergency Management. “Power lines and a cell phone tower fell,” Orton said. “A house was damaged, but the family was in the basement … there have been no injuries or fatalities.” Four other possible tornadoes made landfall near three towns in northern Lubbock – Happy, Hale Center and Nazareth – said meteorologist Joe Merchant of the Lubbock weather service office. “There are no reports of injuries” and there was only minor damage, Merchant added. It was too early to estimate the possible strength of tornadoes. “We can’t answer that until later when we examine the damage,” Merchant said. Storm gauging teams could be dispatched to areas as...
    The Ministry of Health has reported this Friday of a total of 6,654 new positives and 637 deceased, on the same day in which the accumulated incidence at 14 days has been placed at 149.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the first time that this indicator has dropped from 150 cases since the document was approved at the end of October Coordinated response actions to control the transmission of COVID-19, in which Health and the communities set a series of indicators to assess the level of risk in a territory. Never before since this document was approved has the incidence at 14 days in Spain been located at medium risk level. In fact, to find a lower incidence figure it is necessary to go back to last August 20, when this indicator marked 142.3 cases, in the middle of the rise phase of the second wave. In addition, only Ceuta and Melilla are already the only communities that are at an ‘extreme’ risk level due to their high incidence, after Madrid has descended to high risk after adding 245.4 cases...
    New York (CNN Business)The US economy fared ever so slightly better in the fourth quarter of 2020 than initially thought. The nation's gross domestic product grew at an annualized and seasonally adjusted rate of 4.1%, the Commerce Department reported in its second reading of the data on Thursday.That's up from the annualized and seasonally adjusted 4% growth rate reported in late January, but slightly less than the 4.2% economists had predicted.The small improvement reflects higher residential and inventory investments and increased state and local government spending. These upticks were partially offset by consumer expenditure being revised lower.In a normal year, an annualized GDP growth rate of 4.1% would be reason to pop some champagne. But in the abnormal world of the pandemic, it leaves the United States way too far in the hole.The slight bump doesn't change much in the overall economic picture of last year. The US economy still contracted 3.5%, the worst decline since 1946. This number was not changed from the previous data estimate published in January.Read MoreFor reference, US GDP, which is the broadest measure of...
    Stefani Reynolds - Pool Via Cnp/CNP via ZUMA Wire Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.Jones Day, the powerhouse law firm known for high-profile clients and cases—including aiding former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss—confirmed Tuesday some of the firm’s “information” had been “taken” though a hack targeting one of its vendors. In statements to reporters at the American Lawyer and the Wall Street Journal, Jones Day maintained that its network had not been breached, blaming a third-party file sharing product instead. The company that makes it, Accellion, confirmed in January that one of its products had been compromised, disclosing that “less than 50 customers” had been effected. An early February update from the company said it had become aware of an initial attack in mid-December that continued into January 2021. “We hacked their server…they responded with silence.” The emails were posted to Cl0p Leaks, a dark web site where other stolen data has been shared, on February 9. It’s unclear who exactly is...
    President Donald Trump was sicker than he admitted when he had COVID-19 in October, with officials believing he may need to be put on a ventilator.  The New York Times reported new details Thursday about Trump's condition - and revealed the effort to get him experimental drugs not available to the American public.   The White House announced that the president and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus on October 1, after Bloomberg News had reported that top aide Hope Hicks had experienced symptoms on Air Force One the night before.  President Donald Trump gives reporters a thumbs up as he walks to Marine One to go to Walter Reed to be treated for COVID-19 on October 2. The Times reported Thursday new details about Trump's COVID case, including officials feared he may need to be put on a ventilator  President Donald Trump took a ride around the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he was being treated for COVID-19 in early October  The New York Times' reporting further proves that Dr. Sean Conley...
    The Lincoln Project previously expressed shock over allegations against its co-founder John Weaver, but new reporting claims that Lincoln Project members knew of allegations against Weaver as early as June of last year. Lincoln Project members were made aware of at least 10 allegations of harassment against Weaver in June 2020, the Associated Press reported. The group did not take action against Weaver as it continued its high-profile work combatting the re-election of former President Donald Trump. Nevertheless, the Lincoln Project expressed shock in January over the allegations against Weaver. “The totality of his deceptions are beyond anything any of us could have imagined and we are absolutely shocked and sickened by it,” the group said in a January statement. The Lincoln Project did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation. Two of the allegations involved Lincoln Project employees, persons with direct knowledge of the situation told the AP. This is the first known suggestion that Weaver targeted staffers within the Lincoln Project, the publication reported. Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt has also...
    By Samah Assad, Christopher Hacker, Brad Edwards CHICAGO (CBS) — The names and other personal information of child sex crime victims remained visible to the public nearly three months after CBS 2 first reported Cook County court officials violated state law by failing to conceal them from public view. Now, officials say more than 10,000 cases of child sexual abuse and assault have finally been protected.  CBS 2 first notified the person charged with protecting those victims’ privacy in court records, then-Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown, in September. But Brown refused to restrict access to those cases for more than a month after being told about the problem. She only committed to doing so after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx threatened to sue her for violating an Illinois law that says the information must be removed.  In a statement, the new Circuit Court Clerk, former State Senator Iris Martinez, said she was “appalled to learn that the names and private information of child sex crime victims” was visible to the public. She said she and her staff were told Brown’s administration had restricted access to all the cases that contained...
    Kevin Durant said his previous experience playing alongside James Harden was “fun” ahead of the pair’s expected reunion with the Nets. Harden was reportedly traded from the Rockets to the Nets on Wednesday in a four-team deal also involving the Cavaliers and Pacers. Durant and Harden spent three seasons together with the Oklahoma City Thunder between 2009 and 2012 before the latter headed to Houston. Asked about his previous experience playing with Harden, Durant told a news conference: “It was fun.” Durant was unwilling to discuss the trade, which is yet to be confirmed, further. MORE: James Harden trade grades The star had 26 points, six assists and three rebounds in the Nets’ 116-109 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Durant became the second Nets player with 25-plus points in eight consecutive games, joining Bernard King (January 1979). He played on back-to-back days for the first time since rupturing his Achilles during the 2019 NBA Finals with the Golden State Warriors. “I wanted to see how my body felt this morning, how I felt after the...
    Donald Trump has broken his silence over the huge suspected Russian cyber attack claiming that China could be behind the attack, despite Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly blaming Russia the day before.  The president tweeted Saturday just before noon to downplay the hack which has compromised broad swathes of the federal government and private sector.   He claimed the cyber attack 'is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality' and insisted that 'everything is well under control'.  Trump also once again pushed unfounded claims of widespread fraud in the presidential election, saying that voting machines could have been hacked.    Trump posted this Christmas card photo on Friday with First Lady Melania. He broke his silence over the suspected Russian cyber attack claiming it 'is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality' and 'everything is well under control' 'The Cyber Hack is far greater in the Fake News Media than in actuality. I have been fully briefed and everything is well under control,' he tweeted. 'Russia, Russia, Russia is the priority chant when anything happens because...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisMan charged for spitting, coughing after refusing to wear mask at Florida Best Buy CPAC organizers planning in-person Florida event in February: report Agents raid home of ousted Florida health scientist who accused state of manipulating data MORE (R) defended the investigation into a former health department employee who’s home was searched by authorities, stating that it was not a "raid."  Rebekah Jones had created the Sunshine State's coronavirus data dashboard, but was fired for what she says was a refusal to "manipulate data." Following her ouster from the health department, Jones reportedly released emails from her supervisors asking her to remove data from the dashboard and take it offline.  Agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement entered the home of Jones with guns raised on Monday and confiscated computer equipment.  Jones tweeted footage from the incident, stating, “At 8:30 am this morning, state police came into my house and took all my hardware and tech. They were serving a warrant on my computer after DOH [Department of Health] filed a complaint. They pointed a...
    An Amazon delivery driver allegedly hid hundreds of dollars’ worth of parcels in a wooded area of New Jersey, according to Newsweek, though he claimed it was something far less valuable. A police officer from Logan Township, New Jersey had initially seen a van parked on the side of a highway on Nov. 2, Newsweek reported. The police officer approached the driver after he saw him throwing a box into the woods, according to The New York Post. After the driver told the police officer he was “throwing his feces into the woods,” police investigated and found several parcels, Newsweek reports. By Lawrence Glass. Not same Amazon van from story. Shutterstock. Police allege the driver, Desmond Gould, 23, was hiding the packages and planning to retrieve them later, according to The New York Post. The eleven packages the driver stashed were valued at $288.87, the outlet reports. Police charged the driver with theft and illegal dumping, Newsweek reported. (RELATED: Buckingham Palace Staffer Admits To Stealing Items, Selling Them On eBay)  “This does not reflect the high standards we have for Delivery Service...
    A car with a poster of Zhang Zhan, a Chinese citizen journalist, in November 2020. She criticized the Chinese government's handling of the coronavirus crisis and is being held in a Shanghai prison. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images A Chinese citizen journalist who was arrested after covering the country's coronavirus response could be imprisoned for as long as five years. Zhang Zhan, 37, was arrested in May, after sharing videos and social media posts about life in Wuhan during the outbreak. The Committee to Protect Journalists said authorities arrested her for "picking quarrels and provoking trouble," and that she could face a harsh sentence. Three other citizen journalists have disappeared after covering the coronavirus in Wuhan, where the pandemic began. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An independent journalist working in China was arrested after covering the country's coronavirus response in May, and could be jailed for up to five years. Zhang Zhan, 37, went missing on May 14 in Wuhan, China — the city where the novel coronavirus that spiraled into...
    A CHILLING map shows how the coronavirus was spreading around the world months before China acknowledged the outbreak. Surveys of blood samples taken last year suggest the virus was present in the US from mid-December and in Europe as early as September. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2 2The regime in Beijing has faced questions about a potential cover up since the start of the pandemicCredit: Alamy Live News China first confirmed it was treating patients for an unknown type of pneumonia in the eastern City of Wuhan on December 31, but has long faced questions about a possible cover-up. Doctors who tried to raise the alarm on social media before the outbreak was confirmed by authorities have reported being detained and accused of trying to spread panic. Journalists attempting to cover the issue also reported being detained and having their equipment confiscated. A new study by the Centers for the Disease Control has now suggested the virus was already in the US more than two weeks...
    Hundreds of inmates were involved in a riot at an Arizona prison Wednesday — with guards hitting the group with rubber bullets and tear gas, according to reports. The incident occurred at Eyman prison in Florence in the afternoon, which remained on lockdown into the evening because “several hundred inmates grouped together around staff and refused to disperse,” the Arizona Republic reported. One inmate described the scene to local station KJZZ as a “war zone” and claimed prisoners were attacked by the staff. “They came in with tear gas, flash bangs, pepper spray, and started shooting them at everyone,” the inmate said. “It was basically a war zone.” No injuries have been reported among staff members or inmates. It’s unclear what caused the melee, but KJZZ reported the inmates previously complained about the condition inside the lockup. Filed under arizona ,  prison ,  riots ,  11/26/20
    A team of wildlife resource workers discovered a twelve-foot tall metal monolith in the Utah desert last week that has fueled Twitter speculation around the possibility that it was created by aliens, Metro reported. The mysterious metal object echoed Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and was cut into the ground with no labels or clear markings. Pilot Bret Hutchings from the Utah Department of Public Safety claimed that one of the team’s biologists spotted the structure as they flew over it. Despite theories that it was created by aliens, Hutchings believed it was someone’s work of art. “I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big [2001: A Space Odyssey] fan,” he said. According to Live Science, the structure has many differences from its fictional counterpart, including a different length and a reflective surface. The publication also claimed that the object was not created by aliens and appeared to support the theory that it was installed by an artist. “Desert environments have always attracted outsider artists, such as Frank Van...
    Shawn Barnes, 28, has been charged with insurance fraud after he allegedly deliberately sank his car  A Florida man who reported his car stolen three years ago has been charged with insurance fraud after it was found in a canal with a large rock by the accelerator and the steering wheel tied.  Shawn Barnes, 28, is accused of deliberately sinking his 2015 Fiat 500 and filing a stolen vehicle complaint with police in Bunnell, Flagler County, in 2017 so he could make a false claim on his insurance.  Barnes was arrested Wednesday following a tip-off from someone who said they were with the suspect when he intentionally launched the car into the water.  The missing Fiat 500 was dredged from the bottom of the canal by authorities last month.  The Flagler County Sheriff's Office said Barnes called deputies on December 30 2017 to report his car had been stolen overnight from his driveway in Bunnell. Barnes told cops at the time that he had left the keys inside the car and the doors unlocked.   He admitted he was not up...
    President Trump claimed that his son Barron's coronavirus infection was 'gone' in 15 minutes.  Trump made the claim while speaking to his supporters during a rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Monday afternoon.  'Of course Barron had it,' Trump said of coronavirus, which he, First Lady Melania Trump and their 14-year-old son, Barron, had all been diagnosed with earlier in October.  During a rally Monday, Trump said that son Barron's coronavirus was 'gone' after 15 minutes. Trump is pictured here at that rally in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania Trump then pointed to Barron's 'young, strong, immune system.'  The president recalled his supposed conversation with a doctor about Barron's positive test result.   'I said, "What's the story, doc, with Baron?"' Trump said from the podium.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by 52... 'She did go to college, right?': Donald Trump mocks... Share this article Share According to Trump, the doctor replied: 'Sir, he tested positive.' 'Like 15 minutes later,' Trump said, he asked the doctor: 'How's Barron...
    It’s never fun to be blamed for something you didn’t do. A popular pastor took to social media to disprove rumors that he was involved in a bizarre incident on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit. Fox News previously reported that a woman flying from Las Vegas to Detroit on a Delta flight says that she woke up mid-flight to a man urinating on her. While the man’s identity has not been revealed, it was reported at the time that he had been identified as a pastor from North Carolina. Will Graham, the executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove and Associate Evangelist with the Billy Graham Evangelist Association, says that it definitely wasn’t him and he has the proof. FURLOUGHED AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT ATTENDANT CONTRACTS CORONAVIRUS DAYS AFTER LOSING HEALTH BENEFITS The pastor posted a statement to his Twitter account, which said, "It’s been a weird day. For some reason, people who don’t know me have accused me of inappropriate actions on a flight from Las Vegas to Detroit on Oct. 12-13. So you all know, I spent Oct. 12...
    Authorities say that the brake line of a New York Police Department cruiser was cut before the vehicle was involved in a traffic accident earlier in the month. What are the details? According to Fox News, the fender bender took place on Oct. 7 when two officers assigned to the department's Transit District struck a vehicle at a red light in Queens. "The officers were driving near Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike when the vehicle's brakes failed, and it hit another vehicle at slow speed," the outlet noted. Following the accident, the vehicle was taken in for repair and inspection, and a mechanic discovered that the brake line on the front driver's side had intentionally been cut. The New York Post reported that mechanics examined the cruiser at a Queens-area garage on Tuesday. The New York Daily News reported that investigators are swabbing the vehicle for fingerprints and will review video taken near the Queens headquarters. The Daily News shared a photo of the damage on Twitter and captioned the...
    Federal intelligence agencies are investigating whether emails detailing Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged illicit dealings in Ukraine are part of a foreign intelligence operation targeting the US election, according to reports.  NBC claimed on Thursday night that a federal investigation is underway to establish if the emails found on a laptop in a Delaware repair shop last year, and revealed by the New York Post this week, had been planted to interfere before election day. They cited two people familiar with the matter and noted that they could not verify the authenticity of the emails published by the NY Post.  The report came as the Washington Post claimed that President Trump had been warned last year that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani was the target of a Russian intelligence operation to feed him misinformation.  They stated that national security adviser Robert O’Brien cautioned Trump that any information Giuliani brought back from Ukraine could be contaminated by the Russians.  Giuliani has not hidden his dogged pursuit for incriminating information about the Bidens' business dealing in Ukraine.   Federal intelligence agencies...
    Dear Stoner: I left a jar of weed in an Uber the other night. I didn't contact my driver to try to get it back. Should I have? It was really good weed.Rory Dear Rory: We've posed several weed hypotheticals to Uber over the years and received no response, but the ride-share service's square policies have shown us what to expect, with company guidelines banning cannabis transport in Uber rides by both the rider and passenger, even in states with legal cannabis. In fact, Uber drivers have even reported riders for smelling like weed or possessing it during a trip, which has led to warnings and bans from the service. That said, I've bought weed (or learned where to get it) from Uber drivers on numerous occasions while traveling, so it all comes down to the driver. Unsplash/Victor Xok Marijuana Deals Near YouRelated Stories Ask a Stoner: Can I Tip My Uber Driver With Weed? CDOT's Stoned Driving Message Faces Uphill Climb Marijuana Laws in States Surrounding Colorado We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of...
    During an October 9 press conference about COVID-19, Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that he will extend the statewide order to wear facial coverings in public places for another thirty days; it was set to expire on Monday, October 12. He contextualized the decision by noting that the state is currently experiencing the most problematic data related to the novel coronavirus since July and August. "We need to be better at wearing masks — not because I say to do it or because public-health officials say to do it," Polis allowed. "It's because you care about your health and your family and your neighbors and your job. That's why we're doing it." At the outset of his remarks, Polis revealed that 834 new cases of the virus were reported on the 9th, with the total being similar to counts in recent days. Many of these infections will inevitably translate into an increase in hospitalizations, and Polis pointed out that this scenario carries with it the possibility of the state's health-care system being overwhelmed in ways that could make effective treatment...
    U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden participate in their first 2020 presidential campaign debate in Cleveland Brian Snyder/Reuters Images The first 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden took place on Tuesday in Cleveland, Ohio. The event was chaotic, characterized by interruptions, sharp jabs, and misinformation, mostly from the president. On social media, that chaos provoked a number of memes and reactions that went viral. Here are some of the best. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The first presidential debate of 2020, held in Cleveland, Ohio, was "an embarassment for the US," as Insider's Jake Lahut wrote, and was defined by the chaos of multiple people talking over each other, verbal jabs, and misinformation that was largely spread by President Donald Trump. Key moments from the event included Trump telling right-wing extremist group the Proud Boys to "stand by," a statement that didn't go unnoticed by the group itself, moderator Chris Wallace pleading with Trump to stop interrupting, and Trump encouraging his supporters to "go into the polls and...
    During a political rally in Minnesota on Friday, Donald Trump mocked MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for getting hit with a rubber bullet while reporting on the racial injustice protests in Minneapolis earlier this year, CNN reported. “I remember this guy Velshi,” Trump said. “He got hit in the knee with a canister of tear gas and he went down. He was down. ‘My knee, my knee.’ Nobody cared, these guys didn’t care, they moved him aside.” “And they just walked right through,” Trump continued. “It was the most beautiful thing. No, because after we take all that crap for weeks and weeks, and you finally see men get up there and go right through them, wasn’t it really a beautiful sight? It’s called law and order.” Although Trump claimed Velshi was hit by a canister of tear gas, the MSNBC anchor quickly tweeted to the president to offer a correction and say he was struck by a rubber bullet. At the time of the incident, Velshi claimed that police officers drove into the intersection unprovoked and began firing rubber bullets...
    ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — 2nd death related to Hurricane Sally reported; officials say it was someone involved in storm cleanup. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A general view of Moria refugee camp located on island of Lesbos is seen after a fire broke out leaving thousands of people without shelters, in Lesbos, Greece on September 10, 2020. Aggelos Barai/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images A fire destroyed almost the entirety of Europe's largest refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos.  More than 12,000 are now displaced, the BBC reported.  Greek authorities said the fire most likely started by camp residents who were "dissatisfied" with a coronavirus lockdown, CNN reported.  Thirty-five people at the camp tested positive for COVID-19 this week.  The camp is known for its overcrowding and unsanitary conditions.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The overcrowded Moria refugee camp in Greece was set ablaze on Tuesday night displacing the more than 12,000 migrants being housed there.  Greek authorities said the fire was most likely started by camp residents who were "dissatisfied" with lockdown measures implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus, after 35 people tested positive for COVID-19 this week, CNN reported.  Non-governmental organizations told the Guardian that the...
    The stepmother of former Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe, who was fired and charged in the death of Rayshard Brooks, claimed in June that she was fired from her company because of the incident. The company, however, has filed a lawsuit against her alleging that an entirely different set of circumstances led to her termination at the company. Fox News host Tucker Carlson first reported on Melissa Rolfe’s termination from Equity Prime Mortgage (EPM) in Atlanta back in June. The company released a statement the next day that strongly disputed what had been reported. “According to a source familiar with the matter who spoke to this program, Rolfe was promised that her job was safe, but today she was told, ‘We have to terminate our relationship with you,’” Carlson said. “No other explanation was offered and honestly no other explanation was needed. It was obvious what happened.” Melissa Rolfe appeared on Carlson’s show several days later where she claimed that the firing was “a political move.” “When I would speak with my direct manager and with the president, I was...
    Ruins of the 58 metre Hard Rock Hotel which collapsed during construction and remained untouched for months on 11th March 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Barry Lewis/InPictures via Getty Images A man's body was recovered from a Hard Rock Hotel construction site that collapsed last October, Nola.com reported.  Quinnyon Wimberly was one of three workers killed in the collapse. His body was removed from the site on Saturday, after his remains laid in the wreck for 10 months. City officials, firefighters, and family members gathered as crews removed his body from the 11th floor.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A man's body was retrieved 10 months after a collapse at a Hard Rock hotel construction site in New Orleans. Nola.com reported that  Quinnyon Wimberly's body was removed from the 11th floor out the debris of the hotel site on Saturday. The 36-year-old was one of three construction workers killed when the hotel collapsed last October. According to the report, city officials, firefighters, recovery crews, and family members gathered as Wimberly's body was recovered from a platform. ...
    Defense Secretary Mark Esper Wednesday contradicted President Trump's initial assessment that the massive explosion in the Lebanese capital of Beirut this week was an attack and likely caused by a bomb. Asked about the tragedy at the Aspen Security Forum, Esper said he's still getting information but "most believe that it was an accident as reported and beyond that, I have nothing further to report on that. It’s obviously a tragedy." TRUMP SAYS LEBANESE EXPLOSION WAS CAUSED BY 'A BOMB OF SOME KIND' Trump talked of the explosion Tuesday from the White House and said U.S. military generals advised him it was an attack, likely caused by a bomb. “I've met with some of our great generals and they just seem to feel that this was not some kind of manufacturing explosion type of an event,” Trump said. “They seem to think it was an attack. It was a bomb of some kind.” The Pentagon chief Wednesday made no mention of an attack or a bomb. In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks as President Donald Trump...
    As schools grapple with the pressure of President Donald Trump’s threat to reopen or else, one Indiana public school became one of the first in the nation to actually do so last week. And the end result was that doors weren’t open 24 hours before a positive coronavirus case was reported. A student at Greenfield Central Junior High School tested positive for the virus hours after returning to the campus in the Indianapolis suburb of Greenfield Thursday, The New York Times reported. “We knew it was a when, not if,” Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation Superintendent Harold Olin told the newspaper, admitting he was “very shocked it was on Day 1.” Olin told local news station WXIN-TV that when school officials received word of a positive case, administrators put their plan into action. “We immediately pull that student from class,” Olin told WXIN. “We isolate them in a specific place in the clinic. Get the kid home.” The school then started trying to nail down who the affected student had come into contact with, later requiring those children to quarantine for 14 days. “There’s no way that you can completely keep that out of...
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    Megan Thee Stallion performs during 106.1 KMEL's Summer Jam at ORACLE Arena on July 28, 2019 in Oakland, California. Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images Rapper Megan Thee Stallion claimed in an Instagram post that she had "suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me" on Sunday. According to TMZ, the rapper was present when rapper Tory Lanez was arrested by police on Sunday morning. At the time, TMZ reported that she had a cut on her foot and was taken to the hospital. In her statement, Megan Thee Stallion said that she was focusing on her recovery so she can "return back to my life and back to making music as soon as possible." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Megan Thee Stallion has issued her first statement following an incident that occurred on Sunday morning and, as reported by TMZ, involved her being wounded. The "Savage" rapper claimed in an Instagram post that she had "suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and...
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