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    (CNN)Democrats in the Senate have for the third time tried to use a technical procedure to try to include immigration provisions in President Joe Biden's Build Back Better Act, putting everything on the line for what could be the last attempt to try to pass some sort of overhaul of the nation's immigration laws before the new year.The Senate parliamentarian considered arguments from Democratic and Republican aides Wednesday morning on whether immigration provisions could be included in a massive tax and spending bill that would expand the nation's social safety net.The process the parliamentarian is taking is known as a "Byrd bath" -- named after former Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who came up with the rule to stop either side from abusing the reconciliation process. The process would decide whether Democrats would succeed in passing a form of legalization for undocumented immigrants, a priority for the Biden administration. Elizabeth MacDonough's role as the Senate parliamentarian means she advises the chamber on how its rules, protocols and precedents should be applied as Democrats and the White House figure...
    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...
    NEWARK, Calif. (KGO) -- The race is underway to produce and use the omicron variant's DNA to determine how well existing vaccines work against it, ahead of the first case surfacing in the U.S. The Bay Area is playing a key role in that.ATUM in Newark was the biotech lab that key researchers turned to when the delta variant emerged. Now there's urgent demand to get the omicron DNA."We want to know as quickly as possible, are the vaccines we've all been taking... is the Moderna and the BioNTech vaccines, are they sufficient to capture omicron or not? We don't really know," said Dr. Claes Gustafsson, ATUM's co-founder.RELATED: US gears up for possible cases of omicron as 1st cases detected in CanadaOrders started coming in Friday. ATUM can take the raw omicron data and produce thousands upon thousands of tubes with a single DNA sequence. From that, multiple copies can be made. Pharmaceutical companies will use the DNA to test the effectiveness of their vaccines. Others will determine how well antibody therapies work and whether diagnostic tests can identify omicron.VIDEO:...
    (CNN)Elizabeth Holmes may be a victim of alleged sexual violence and intimate partner abuse. She may also be guilty of alleged fraud. Jill FilipovicOn Monday, Holmes testified in her own criminal trial, where she faces charges of fraud related to her disgraced blood testing company, Theranos. Holmes claimed her company was manufacturing a groundbreaking machine that could run a whole series of blood tests on a tiny amount of blood. In reality, prosecutors say, Holmes and the company's chief operating officer lied to investors about the machines' capabilities: The tests were often inaccurate, some of the test results the company was taking credit for weren't being run on the Theranos machine at all, and the company even sent false results to some consumers. Holmes has been charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In her recent testimony, Holmes said she dropped out of Stanford after being raped, and then found herself in a relationship with Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, who she says was abusive and controlling. Balwani went on to serve as COO of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s top doctor said the Omicron variant of COVID-19 could be detected in Chicago very soon. Dr. Allison Arwady, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) said Omicron emerged quickly in South Africa and while it’s concerning, the COVID vaccine is still the best defense. READ MORE: Cook County Surpasses 1,000 Homicides For First Time Since 1994“As of yesterday (Monday), it had already been detected in Africa and Asia, Australia, Europe, in Canada,” Arwady said. “It had not been detected in the U.S., but I have no reason to think that there are not at least a few cases of it here and I would expect us to be formally detecting it in days or weeks.” Arwady added “I’m concerned about it. No, the sky is not falling, but we need to be serious and we need to get people vaccinated.” The city’s school district will kick off a pilot program that starts in one unnamed school to test for COVID for students that consent to be tested. It’s called Test to Stay and it’s where...
    Fallen reality star Josh Duggar ignored questions today as he arrived for day one of a federal child pornography trial that could see him locked up for 40 years. Duggar, 33, clasped hands with his wife Anna and strode purposely past TV cameras as the pair arrived at the John Paul Hammerschmidt federal courthouse in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday.  Asked how he was feeling, Duggar, wearing a dark navy suit, white shirt and polka dot tie, and Anna, wearing a black dress, both stared straight ahead before entering the building, where phones and electronic devices have been banned for the duration of proceedings. Duggar, famous for appearing in TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, was charged in April with two counts of downloading and possessing child pornography. He faces up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000 on each count if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty and jury selection is due to start today.   An evidentiary hearing was held on Monday ahead of jury selection to determine whether two witnesses, including Duggar's father Jim Bob Duggar,...
    DISTRACTED driving goes beyond the rules of talking on a cell phone. Many states have laws which includes what falls under distracted driving and eating and driving is on that list. 1Distracted driving is considered a moving violation in many states According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,142 people died in 2019 from distracted driving. Decide to Drive, a campaign to stop distracted driving, found eating while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. There are laws across the country for distracted driving, but the fines vary by state. Distracted driving goes beyond texting and driving. It's important to understand what you may face if you decide to take a sip of coffee or a bite of your burger while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is considered a moving violation in many states. Most read in moneyN-ICE TIP Woman’s clever towel hack will stop your car windscreen freezing overnightNOT FINE Drivers warned over parking tickets - as motorists risk having to pay even MOREHITTING THE ROAD What to know about driving without a licenseTAKE...
    In a potential breakthrough for regenerative medicine, scientists have created the first-ever living robots that can reproduce.  The millimetre-sized living machines, called Xenobots 3.0, are neither traditional robots nor a species of animal, but living, programmable organisms. Made from frog cells, the computer-designed organisms, created by a US team, gather single cells inside a Pac-Man-shaped 'mouth' and release 'babies' that look and move like their parents.   Self-replicating living bio-robots could enable more direct, personalised drug treatment for traumatic injury, birth defects, cancer, ageing and more.  Xenobots 3.0 can gather hundreds of single cells, compress them and assemble them into 'babies' released from their Pac-Man-shaped mouths WHAT ARE XENOBOTS?Xenobots are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal, but a living, programmable organism. They are made out of adapted stem cells from Xenopus laevis, an African species of frog.  Their shape has been designed by a computer to be able to replicate over multiple generations.   No animal or plant known to science replicates in this way. Xenobots will help developed computer-designed organisms for intelligent drug delivery.   Xenobots are the work...
    For roughly the first six months of his administration, President Joe Biden enjoyed favorable approval numbers well above 50%. The slide began in July when COVID-19 infection rates, driven by the delta variant surge, started rising significantly nationwide. Then, in August, Biden’s disastrous handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal intensified his popularity plunge. The White House seems to be oblivious to the problem – at least publicly – and points to the two infrastructure bills (the $1.2 trillion “hard” infrastructure bill that Biden signed into law on November 15, and the $1.75 trillion+ bill currently pending before Congress) as the vehicles that, when passed, will reverse his poor polling. This is wishful thinking because, since July, a clear pattern has now emerged, and this pattern explains why Biden’s overall approval rate today stands at just 43%. The president and his administration keep saying things that Americans can see with their own eyes aren’t factually true. Biden promised us a normal July 4 holiday. Then COVID-19 cases exploded. Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared the Afghanistan withdrawal a “success.” It...
    THE FBI can access WhatsApp and iMessage users' personal information according to a new document – despite Facebook and Apple's claims of user privacy. The report - first obtained by Rolling Stone - suggests that as long as the bureau has a warrant or subpoena they can access certain data. 1WhatsApp and iMessage personal info can 'easily be taken by FBI', according to a new documentCredit: Getty It goes on to describe how WhatsApp will give address-book access with a search warrant. Daniel Kahn Gillmor, a senior staff technologist at the ACLU, said: "WhatsApp offering all of this information is devastating to a reporter communicating with a confidential source." His ACLU colleague Nathan Freed Wessler added: "For probably all of these platforms, if law enforcement gets its hands on somebody’s device, no amount of end-to-end encryption is going to protect the information on the device." Facebook originally said its Messenger service was getting end-to-end encryption in "2022 at the earliest" and now it's pushed things back a whole year. ICLOUD RISK For Apple users their subscriber information, as well...
    BORIS Johnson has no plans to bring in any further Covid restrictions in the next three weeks, a minister said today. Health minister Ed Argar said another tightening up of curbs on daily life is "not something I'm anticipating". 1Health minister Ed Argar And he insisted he's "looking forward to a Christmas with family and friends" despite the Omicron variant fears. The PM announced on Saturday travel rules are being tightened and mandatory masks reintroduced in public spaces. People will have to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport - but not in pubs and restaurants. Mr Argar said there's no plan to tighten restrictions "at this point" and that "hopefully we won't need to make any changes". Sajid Javid will today give a major update to MPs today on Britain's fight against the Omicron variant. The health secretary is set to update Parliament on the new battle with the virus at around 3.30pm. His appearance will come with scientists expected to green light booster jabs for all UK adults today. The JCVI expert group may also cut...
    Children face a deluge of electronic information from traditional television and computers to tablets, smartphones and video games, but prior studies examining the impact of electronic media on children and adults have yield mixed results. The team of researchers from the University of Luxembourg and Universite´ de Genève studied 118 Swiss boys and girls, ranging from age eight to 12, asking them to fill out surveys with questions crafted to examine their electronic media use as well as their attention spans, sleep, grades, and mental health, according to the report. Girl Using Mobile Phone Instead Of Studying In Bedroom CHILDREN'S COVID-19 CASES UP 332% FROM TWO WEEKS, AGO PEDIATRICIANS REPORT The questionnaires were also given to the children’s teachers and parents, but focused more their perception of how they felt the children’s electronic use impacted their mental health, the study noted. Unlike other previous published studies which showed a correlation between total time spent on media and poorer outcomes, when this study controlled for other types of media consumption, they found total time spent on media did not contribute to mental health problems,...
    It was a clear, sunny, blue-sky day the day I learned I had breast cancer. The brutally unexpected so often seems to happen on such days. For a few months over the past summer, I had an intermittent sharp pain under my left breast, as if the wire from a bra was cutting in. Sometimes it woke me at night, sometimes it disappeared for days. But there was no lump or general tenderness.  When I mentioned the pain to anyone, they would say: ‘Well at least it’s not breast cancer because you don’t get a pain with breast cancer.’ But then I read about how Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding, who sadly died of breast cancer in September, experienced a pain which she attributed to a guitar strap rubbing her breast. It made me think that I should get my pain investigated – but not right then. At some point. In the future. It was a clear, sunny, blue-sky day the day I learned I had breast cancer. The brutally unexpected so often seems to happen on such days I...
    A vaccine that protects against the omicron variant of COVID-19 could be made within 100 days, Pfizer and BioNTech announced Friday. Pfizer said it is working to adapt the vaccine and monitoring for emerging strains of the virus, the most recent of which, B.1.1.529, known as "omicron," was discovered by the World Health Organization in South Africa. BioNTech also said it is monitoring the highly transmissible "variant of concern. " "As always, we will continue to follow the science as we examine the best approaches to protecting people against COVID-19," Pfizer told Fox Business . "In the event that vaccine-escape variant emerges, Pfizer and BioNTech expect to be able to develop and produce a tailor-made vaccine against that variant in approximately 100 days, subject to regulatory approval." WHO DECLARES NEW COVID-19 STRAIN 'VARIANT OF CONCERN,' US RESTRICTS TRAVEL BioNTech said the new variant is significantly different than other mutations in its proteins. The company expects to have more data in two weeks. "This data will provide more information about whether B.1.1.529 could be an...
    GOVERNMENT scientists have warned that the new Covid variant spreads rapidly, can be transmitted between fully vaccinated people and makes jabs less effective. The latest caution about the Covid super-strain Omicron was announced at a press conference in Downing Street this evening amid growing concerns over the new variant. 1The new variant spreads rapidly and can be transmitted between fully vaccinated peopleCredit: AFP Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said today that it was not yet clear how effective the vaccine is in protecting against the latest strain. However, those who are fully-jabbed and are to get the booster are less likely to become seriously ill. It comes after fears that the Omicron variant could weaken vaccine protection by 40 per cent. Experts warned that the strain was the most evolved so far with 50 mutations, 32 of which are a particular concern and could be worse than Delta. Today Boris Johnson urged all Brits to get their jabs and confirmed that the third vaccine campaign would get a "boost" by reducing the waiting time between the second jab and...
    by Richard A. Webster ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox.Series: Unwatched A Louisiana Law Department That Polices Itself When sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, pulled over Octavio Lopez for an expired inspection tag in 2018, they wrote on his traffic ticket that he is white. Lopez, who is from Nicaragua, is Hispanic and speaks only Spanish, said his wife. In fact, of the 167 tickets issued by deputies to drivers with the last name Lopez over a nearly six-year span, not one of the motorists was labeled as Hispanic, according to records provided by the Jefferson Parish clerk of court. The same was true of the 252 tickets issued to people with the last name of Rodriguez, 234 named Martinez, 223 with the last name Hernandez and 189 with the surname Garcia. This kind of misidentification is widespread — and not without harm. Across America, law enforcement agencies have been accused of targeting Hispanic drivers, failing to collect data on those traffic...
    Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images. As concerns over a new coronavirus variant sent the stock market into a downward spiral Friday, its worst day of 2021 so far, Pfizer and partner Biotech offered a potential sigh of relief, saying that “in the event that a vaccine-escape variant emerges” they can have a new vaccine ready in 100 days. “We expect more data from the laboratory tests in two weeks at the latest. These data will provide more information about whether B.1.1.529 could be an escape variant that may require an adjustment of our vaccine if the variant spreads globally,” Pfizer said in a statement Friday. The B.1.1.529 coronavirus variant, first discovered in South Africa and dubbed Omicron by the World Health Organization resulted in various travel restrictions, including the U.S. banning all flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. Omicron has world health officials concerned as initial data shows the variant contains more mutations to the spike protein. These mutations may mean Omicron can be resistant to the current vaccines, which have allowed...
    Perovskite, a mineral made of lead salts, has emerged as a promising material in creating low cost strong solar cells, as it allows the technology to be 3D printed and to last up to 25 years - and now a new study has uncovered the structure of this 'magical' material. Scientists from the University of Cambridge found two forms of disorder, or structures, happening parallel within perovskites: an electronic disorder and spatial chemical disorder. The electronic disorder reduces performance of the solar panel and then the spatial chemical disorder seems to improve it, according to University of Cambridge PhD student Kyle Frohna. 'And what we've found is that the chemical disorder—the 'good' disorder in this case—mitigates the 'bad' disorder from the defects by funneling the charge carriers away from these traps that they might otherwise get caught in,' Frohna shared in a press release. Perovskite, a mineral with a specific crystal structure, have shown impressive performance in creating efficient, strong solar cells (pictured) that can last for around 25 years – and now a new study has uncovered the properties...
    Manufacturers of Americas most used vaccines are saying that they can quickly respond to challenges presented by the South African Nu variant. The recently emerged variant is believed to be the most infectious yet, and some fear it could evade protection provided but the current crop of COVID-19 vaccines. Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna, who are responsible for producing the two most common vaccines in the U.S., have all said they can quickly update the vaccines to provide protection against the emerging variant, if necessary. While the variant is yet to have been detected in the United States, it has appeared in multiple countries in Africa and Europe, keeping American officials on high alert. CNBC's Meg Tirell (pictured) reports that Pfizer and Moderna both are taking action to potentially update their COVID-19 vaccines if need be in wake of the newly discovered South African virus strain The new strain has over 30 mutations, it what has been described as a 'constellation' by some 'Moderna and BioNTech and Pfizer tell us that they are already looking at this very closely and have...
    WELCOME Ralf Rangnick, the new man at the wheel, and the man chosen to keep the club challenging for a top four spot, and in the Champions League, between now and May. And what an inbox he’ll have when he lands in the country later this week. 2Ralf Rangnick is set to introduce a new modern style of play at Old TraffordCredit: Kenny Ramsay - The Sun Glasgow 2Jurgen Klopp has branded Rangnick the 'best German coach'Credit: EPA After his six months in the dugout, Rangnick will then continue for at least another two years in a consultancy role. Nicknamed 'The Professor', he was one of the pioneers of Gegenpressing, a style of play where teams immediately press the opposition after losing possession of the ball and one we have seen in Liverpool’s play since Jurgen Klopp took over. Is it a sign then that United are finally taking a step towards modern day football? My choice would have been to pursue Mauricio Pochettino or Erik ten Hag NOW, but if that just wasn’t to be, Rangnick is probably...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Perhaps nothing symbolized the spotty performance of Bally’s casino in Atlantic City in recent years better than the mismatched replacement windows in its glass facade, spots of blue that stood out amid the rest of the rose-colored glass. Fixing that was one of the first things Phil Juliano, executive vice president of the Rhode Island-based company that bought the casino a year ago, set out to do. READ MORE: Thanksgiving Weather: What To Expect In Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware On Turkey Day, Black FridayIn recent months, the out-of-place windows have been replaced, and the facade is now uniformly rosy. Executives with Bally’s Corp. hope the forecast for the casino is rosy, too. Soohyung Kim, the company’s chair of the board, evaluated its performance in its first year under new owners. “The jury is out, I would say,” Kim told The Associated Press. “We always knew that Atlantic City was a challenge, and so we structured the deal so that we had a lot of flexibility. It is a city that has not reinvested in itself...
    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Perhaps nothing symbolized the spotty performance of Bally’s casino in Atlantic City in recent years better than the mismatched replacement windows in its glass facade, spots of blue that stood out amid the rest of the rose-colored glass. Fixing that was one of the first things Phil Juliano, executive vice president of the Rhode Island-based company that bought the casino a year ago, set out to do. In recent months, the out-of-place windows have been replaced, and the facade is now uniformly rosy. Executives with Bally’s Corp. hope the forecast for the casino is rosy, too. Soohyung Kim, the company’s chair of the board, evaluated its performance in its first year under new owners. “The jury is out, I would say,” Kim told The Associated Press. “We always knew that Atlantic City was a challenge, and so we structured the deal so that we had a lot of flexibility. It is a city that has not reinvested in itself the way it needs to.” Bally’s, formerly known as Twin River Worldwide Holdings, bought the Atlantic...
    The European Commission decides on the classification regulation. A government under the leadership of France wants to “green” the initiative nuclear power. Austria is considering legal solutions. The decision of the EU Commission on Classification Regulation is approaching, and the answer to the question of whether nuclear and natural gas comply with the guidelines for sustainable financial investment. When submitted in April, both sources of energy were still missing from the relevant legislation. In October, a French-led government initiative called on the Commission to give the nuclear “green”. Austria will appeal in this case. According to Austrian Environment Minister Leonor Gஸ்sler (Greens), adding nuclear and gas to the classification would not jeopardize anything less than their credibility: For this reason there is no legal basis for adding nuclear power to the taxonomy, “Gewessler argued, based on two legal concepts. Austria is not alone in this view, and Germany is anti-nuclear in taxonomy. Denmark, Portugal and Luxembourg voted against it at the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow two weeks ago. At the same time, the five-state bloc emphasized that each EU...
    JAMIE CARRAGHER has urged Mauricio Pochettino to join Manchester United as Thierry Henry hinted the Argentine can't cope with his star forward trio. Paris Saint-Germain threw away a lead to lose 2-1 at Manchester City, ensuring they will finish only second in Group A - potentially facing United in the last 16. 4Mauricio Pochettino has been urged to join Man Utd 'tomorrow' by Jamie Carragher after PSG lost to Man CityCredit: Getty 4Carragher hinted Poch is unsure how to deal with his star forward trio of Messi, Mbappe and NeymarCredit: PA Pochettino has been hotly-linked with a move to Old Trafford to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was sacked on Sunday. The Argentine claims he is 'happy' at PSG and wouldn't leave midway through the season, but there are rumblings he's not content living in the French capital. And Carragher has revealed he would join United 'tomorrow' if he was in Pochettino's shoes. Carragher told CBS Sports: "Pochettino has got to get out of that club. "If he's got the chance to go to Manchester United... I'd be gone tomorrow....
    An MSNBC medial contributor asserted Tuesday on "The ReidOut" that only those who have been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot should be around others. Dr. Lipi Roy told Joy Reid during the segment that people should "practice every possible mitigation measure, before adding that "if people are fully vaccinated and even boosted, you can be around other[s]" who have done the same.  Reid also asked Roy a variety of other questions regarding boosters, vaccination, including whether or not senior relatives could attend Thanksgiving.  JOY REID SAYS KYLE RITTENHOUSE ACQUITTAL TRACES BACK TO 'SLAVE CATCHERS,' BLM ACTIVISTS SHOULD BE 'AFRAID' "As long as they are fully vaccinated and boosted, it’s safe to be around other people," Roy responded. Aimee Allison (L), founder and president of the She the People organization, kicks off the She the People Presidential Forum with political analyst Joy Reid in Houston, Texas, U.S. April 24, 2019. REUTERS/Loren Elliott (REUTERS/Loren Elliott) She then added that in the event you are unsure about other guests’ vaccination status, vaccinated individuals should wear a mask or have others...
    Q: I read an article in which you proposed spending infrastructure money on “building an alternative to Highway 152 east of Gilroy.” This dangerous stretch, the primary route for folks commuting into the South Bay from the Central Valley and for South Bay drivers heading to Southern California, is in urgent need of a fix. I wonder, though, why you suggest building a new roadway rather than upgrading the current stretch to four lanes? Dan Mitchell, San Jose A: Three reasons. First, the soil under 152 is mushy and it would be hard to add more pavement there. Second, there are a lot of left turns onto Highway 152 from side roads which would need major reconfiguration. The last is that plans are slowly moving ahead to convert Highway 25 into a six-lane expressway that would eventually connect with 152. As for 152, while a new road, which could be a toll road, might be built south of the current 152, that is many years away. Q: I read with great interest your column regarding advanced technology in cars being...
    Are you always getting lost? Perhaps you struggle to remember a route for a journey you've made countless times?  Or do you have problems finding your way, even in places you know well, such as the building where you work? If your sense of direction is embarrassingly non-existent — and it's a problem you've had since childhood — it could be down to developmental topographical disorientation or DTD, a disorder that researchers in Canada suggest affects up to 2 per cent of the population. The same Canadian team have also recently created a set of online diagnostic tests and are currently working on a virtual reality programme to help people with the condition. Interestingly, most people who have the disorder are competent in every other area of their life and have no cognitive disabilities.  They simply seem to suffer from what amounts to 'directional dyslexia', meaning their navigational skills are impaired or, in some cases, totally lacking. 'People with DTD come from all sorts of careers — they are lawyers, teachers, cleaners and writers,' says Professor Giuseppe Iaria, a cognitive neuroscientist...
    Far-left “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Monday attempted to explain her controversial opinion on emptying out federal prisons following her longtime support of the BREATHE Act, which has the goal of closing all federal prisons, admitting that not everyone can be rehabilitated. Tlaib made the admission during an interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan, who asked her about her support of the BREATHE Act, which the lawmaker formerly described as a “new version for public safety — a new vision for public safety, one that protects and affirms black lives.” The act specifically provides a “roadmap for prison abolition.” “To what extent have you wrestled with releasing any potential downsides of releasing into society every single person who currently in a federal prison?” Swan asked. “Yeah, I think that everyone’s like, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to just release everybody,’” she began. “That’s not what I’m—” “That’s what the act says,” Swan noted. “Yeah, but did you see how many people are mentally ill that are in prison right now,” Tlaib continued, seemingly backtracking on her position. “But the act you endorsed...
    RIO FERDINAND has slammed former club Manchester United’s ‘embarrassing’ handling of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s exit. The Norwegian was finally axed on Sunday, 24 hours after they were hammered 4-1 at Watford, after weeks of pressure. 2Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked by Man Utd on SundayCredit: PA 2Rio Ferdinand has blasted his old club over the whole management situationCredit: Rex Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers are the leading names to replace him, with Michael Carrick already installed as interim manager. However, United’s legendary ex-defender has slammed the Old Trafford hierarchy for their failure to plan ahead. Speaking on Vibe with Five, he said: “All of a sudden, the game happens and we lose, and the club make a decision. It's all reactive. Nothing is prepped. Even the management situation, surely you look at this before?  “You identify a certain candidate and know. It's almost like, ‘Oh, this result has happened, we're going to sack Ole, now we look for someone to come and take charge. We'll put an interim before the interim, and then we'll look for a manager.’ “'It's actually...
    WINTER is upon us, which means we’ll be facing some icey roads and slippery sidewalks. The cold can bring hazardous conditions, so it’s important to be prepared and extra cautious when driving or simply strolling outside. 3Walking your baby along an ice-covered road can be a dangerous trekCredit: TikTok/@honestlyautumn 3Luckily, one mother says you only need a few zip ties to solve that problemCredit: TikTok/@honestlyautumn A woman named Autumn, who goes by @honestlyautumn online, recently posted a video that offered fellow moms and dads a tip for pushing their baby strollers on ice-covered roads. The TikTok began by showing two parents struggling to move their child's stroller along an icy sidewalk. The couple was sliding down the pavement and the carriage was slipping with them. “99% of parents don’t know about this,” she said while holding up a handful of zip ties. In the next frame, she showed the wheel of a stroller with multiple zip ties wrapped around it. The zip ties were spaced out by only a couple inches to ensure that the wheel was protected,...
    BIELSK PODLASKI, Poland (AP) — Dr. Arsalan Azzaddin was seeing migrants from Iraq and Syria being brought into a hospital in eastern Poland every day with hypothermia, pneumonia, broken bones and severe dehydration. So he asked a Kurdish TV channel to let him go on the news to warn people in his homeland not to attempt the dangerous journey into the European Union through the Belarus-Poland border. “I want them not to come. They could die,” Azzaddin told The Associated Press on Monday. At first, the medical director of the Bielsk Podlaski hospital was accused by some viewers of doing the bidding of the Polish government, which has taken a hard line in seeking to keep out migrants, using razor wire and a show of border police and military to stop attempts to sneak across the EU’s eastern border. So he returned again to Kurdish TV, this time letting his patients describe their suffering from their hospital beds. And he also had a message for the Iraqi leaders: “Save those people,” he said. “Kurds don’t deserve something like this.” Only...
    NASA's first ever 'planetary defence' mission to deflect an asteroid 6.8 million miles from Earth is set to launch this week.   Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), a box-shaped space probe, will launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 22:20 PT on Tuesday, November 23 (Wednesday 06:20am GMT) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.  Following its 6.8 million-mile journey, DART will smash into the small asteroid Dimorphos, which orbits a larger asteroid called Didymos, at 13,500 miles per hour (21,700 km per hour) in October 2022.  When it hits Dimorphos, the 1,210 pound space probe will change the speed of the 525-foot-wide space rock by a fraction of a per cent.  Although Dimorphos doesn't pose a danger to Earth, NASA wants to measure the asteroid's altered orbit caused by the collision. This demonstration of 'planetary defence' will inform future missions that could one day save Earth from a deadly asteroid impact.  Scroll down for video  This artist's illustration obtained from NASA shows the DART spacecraft prior to impact with the asteroid Dimorphos DART will smash into Dimorphos, which orbits a larger asteroid...
    A STAGGERING 79 per cent claim their wardrobes are full of black, grey and beige clothes, research has found. The poll of 2,000 adults, however, revealed that one in five wants to be braver with their fashion choice despite closets being dominated with these darker colours. 1Brits are looking to brighten their wardrobesCredit: Shutterstock Red, green and purple are the colours people want to wear more of, but a quarter worry that brighter colours won’t suit them. But almost half (48 per cent) believe wearing a fun outfit can make them feel happier, and people will don red attire to boost confidence. The research was commissioned by an online personal styling service, Stitch Fix UK, which enlisted Shakaila Forbes-Bell, fashion psychologist and founder of Fashion is Psychology to analyse the findings. Shakaila said: “Dopamine dressing is an idea born from one of the core principles underpinning our motivations to wear certain clothes - to satisfy our emotional needs. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED “When you wear something you love that holds symbolic value, your...
    Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, is yet to fire Allyn Walker, a professor who defended pedophiles and said they shouldn't be ostracized, instead placing them on administrative leave temporarily  The refusal of a Virginia university to fire a transgender assistant professor who defended pedophiles and said they should be given child sex dolls has outraged students, alumni, politicians and the school's LGBTQ board, who say it is proof of a double standard that protects woke staff.   Allyn Walker, 34, is an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. The non-binary teacher claimed in a recent interview to promote their new book that pedophiles shouldn't be ostracized, that they can't help who they are attracted to and that they should be given child-like sex dolls to satisfy their urges.  Walker, formerly known as Allison, made the comments in an interview to promote their book Long Dark Shadow: Minor Attracted People and their Pursuit of Dignity. They believe pedophiles should be referred to as Minor Attracted People, and that they don't 'choose' who to be attracted to so...
    [아이뉴스24 정종오 기자] Technology has developed that can accurately measure dopamine. The Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS, President Park Hyun-Min) has succeeded in developing a technology that can accurately measure and measure dopamine concentrations, which are important neurotransmitters associated with cerebral neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. The technology used a digital signaling technique based on nanostructures to count dopamine detection one by one. It is more accurate than current technology that summarizes and analyzes the entire measurement signal. In the future, it is expected to be used for early diagnosis and monitoring of brain and nerve related diseases. Senior researcher Una U explains how to analyze dopamine concentrations. [사진=KRISS] Parkinson’s disease, one of the most common causes of brain damage, occurs when nerve cells in the area where dopamine is secreted are damaged. In the case of various addictions such as alcohol, shopping and nicotine, when the level of dopamine in the brain is high, the frontal lobe of the brain that controls the stimuli is constantly stimulated and it may seem that you...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP/CBS13) — Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, an Iraqi refugee initially accused of committing a killing for the Islamic State terror group before coming to the U.S., is eligible to be deported because he lied on his immigration papers, a federal judge decided Tuesday. Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Tara Naselow-Nahas ruled that Ameen lied when he was filling out his refugee application to gain entry into the United States. Among other things, she found he wasn’t being truthful when he said he had never interacted with, knew or had involvement with various terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq. READ MORE: Motorcyclist Killed In Natomas I-5 Collision Involving Big RigBut she rejected other allegations, including that he provided support, engaged in terrorist activity, participated in harming another person, or misrepresented that he was a member of such a group. Naselow-Nahas found that Ameen interacted with a cousin “who is clearly a member of an armed terrorist group.” She also found the government proved that he lied when he said his father had been fatally shot and that his brother...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi refugee accused of committing a killing for the Islamic State terror group before coming to the U.S. is eligible to be deported because he lied on his immigration papers, a federal judge decided Tuesday. Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Tara Naselow-Nahas ruled that Omar Abdulsattar Ameen lied when he was filling out his refugee application to gain entry into the United States. Among other things, she found he wasn’t being truthful when he said he had never interacted with, knew or had involvement with various terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq. But she rejected other allegations, including that he provided support, engaged in terrorist activity, participated in harming another person, or misrepresented that he was a member of such a group. Naselow-Nahas found that Ameen interacted with a cousin “who is clearly a member of an armed terrorist group.” She also found the government proved that he lied when he said his father had been fatally shot and that his brother had been kidnapped. He should be deported to Iraq, or if not...
    THERE have been 49 vice presidents in the US, starting with John Adams in 1789. In 2020, Kamala Harris made history after she was appointed to the position, making her the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history. 2Vice President Kamala Harris in June of 2021Credit: Getty Can the vice president of the United States be fired? While there are ways a vice president can be forced to leave office the VP cannot be "fired." A vice president - along with the president - can be impeached from office. The Constitution gives Congress the power to impeach and remove the president, the VP, and other federal civil officers for treason, bribery, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. "Cabinet secretaries serve at the pleasure of the president, who can dismiss them at any time," Martin Nolan previously wrote in HuffPost. "To oust a vice president requires a vote of the House and two-thirds vote in the Senate: a messy matter, but it would be fascinating television." The writer continued: "The vice presidency is a hugely erroneous afterthought by the Framers. 2Mike Pence...
    BOSTON (CBS) – As the leaves turn colors and begin to fall, temperatures drop and perhaps you notice that first frost on the grass or even see the first snowflakes of the season, we are instantly thinking about what this winter will be like. This is the time of year when we meteorologists attempt to predict what the upcoming coldest months of the year will be like. For weeks, we analyze charts and graphs, trends and climatology. We look to the oceans, the arctic and even Siberia for hints. But, are we just complicating things? Some experts would say all you have to do is go outside and let nature be your guide. There are some biological markers such as plants that have a documented history of certain patterns that are said to correlate to the upcoming winter conditions. When flowers that usually bloom during the spring bloom again in the fall, winter will be cold. If you notice a big berry crop, that can be an indication the following winter will be a cold one. Maybe it’s an animal’s...
    IF you're a new parent and either gave birth or adopted a child in 2021, you may be in line to receive additional stimulus funds worth $1,400 next year. The government is still working to provide relief to select groups of Americans in the wake of the ongoing Covid crisis. 1More relief may come to some families in 2022Credit: Getty Images - Getty And for those parents and guardians who welcomed or will welcome a child in 2021, there might be another stimulus check in store. Parents received payments for dependents under the American Rescue Plan, which means $1,400 was paid out for each child. However, some couples had not welcomed their newborn when the plan was enacted. Those parents will then be eligible to declare their new dependent upon filing their 2021 taxes. It should be noted that there is no limit to the number of new dependents claimed, meaning that parents who welcomed more than one newborn will be able to receive multiple payments. There were around 3.6million births in 2020, with the number expected to be fairly similar...
    A transfusion of blood from runners could be a ground-breaking treatment for slowing down Alzheimer’s disease. It’s thought that a cocktail of chemicals released in the blood after exercise has rejuvenating and protective effects on the brain; previous research has found those who exercise regularly are less likely to develop the condition. Now doctors are giving monthly transfusions to around 60 people with early signs of Alzheimer’s in a year-long clinical trial led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — around 850,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia, and with an ageing population this number is predicted to rise to 1.5 million within the next two decades. It’s thought that a cocktail of chemicals released in the blood after exercise has rejuvenating and protective effects on the brain; previous research has found those who exercise regularly are less likely to develop the condition The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is not yet fully understood, although a number of factors are thought to increase your risk, including a...
    A year ago, Robinson Kano (for the second time) was caught for doping. He tested positive for Stanozolol (a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone). He was suspended for one year without pay. Once his suspension is over, he could return to the MLB for next season. Will he be accepted in his team’s locker room? According to Francisco Linder, if Kano wants to regain his place, he must apologize. With two seasons left in the contract, Kano’s days in New York may have been numbered. Now 39, Canó has not played in the majors since the 2020 season, where he had a strong season (.316 / .352 / .544). He designed himself by participating in the Winter League in the Dominican Republic. But with a salary of $ 24 million a year for the next two seasons, Canó will have to maintain an excellent presence on the pitch. In addition to the pressure to produce, Kano has to find a way to be acceptable to his teammates, coaches and fans, which will not be so easy....
    Twitter remains undefeated as the venue where entertainment industry players overshare and reveal very odd personal foibles. This Friday, a producer behind famous comedy TV series such as Arrested Development and Silicon Valley illustrated this phenomenon by policing jokes about vertically challenged men — claiming that short jokes can often be a form of antisemitism. John Levenstein, whose other TV producing credits include Kroll Show, was responding to a tweet making fun of The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro, who is obviously photoshopped to look considerably smaller than Prof. Jordan Peterson (for comparison, here is the original). Levenstein initially responded to the joke with a brusque “Who cares?” Minutes later, he expounded: “I don’t consider all short jokes about men to be anti-Semitic, but it happens often enough that people might consider subjecting themselves to the slightest bit of scrutiny before doing it.” I don’t consider all short jokes about men to be anti-Semitic, but it happens often enough that people might consider subjecting themselves to the slightest bit of scrutiny before doing it. — John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) November 12, 2021 After several responses calling...
    Melissa Rivers has opened up about her fears for her 20-year-old son Cooper Endicott's mental health, saying they have had many conversations about her father's suicide and how there is a 'genetic component' he needs to be aware of.  The 53-year-old daughter of iconic comedian Joan Rivers and TV producer Edgar Rosenberg has been candid with her only child about depression and suicide, but she admitted it was difficult to keep the lines of communication open during the COVID-19 pandemic.  'Obviously, I live in fear — the teen suicide numbers break my heart. And sadly, the age is getting younger, and younger, and younger, Rivers told People. Honest: Melissa Rivers, 53, has opened up about her concerns for her 20-year-old son Cooper's mental health after losing her father to suicide  Honest: Rivers (pictured with Cooper) admitted the alarming rise in teen suicides has her living in 'fear'  Cooper was in his freshman year of college when he had to leave school and go into lockdown with his mother, which was a struggle for both of them.  'It was scary. With my son,...
    The school mask mandate in New York State can only be lifted after parents “do the right thing” and vaccinate their children, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) suggested this week. Interim guidance for in-person instruction, issued June 7, 2021, states that masks should be required in school facilities, requiring them to be “worn by all individuals in all classroom and non-classroom settings, including but not limited to hallways, school offices, restrooms, gyms, auditoriums, etc.” While masks are not required outdoors, schools may choose to require them in such scenarios.  Currently, there is no end in sight for the school mask mandate. Rather, Hochul is placing the burden on the parents, suggesting the they must get their children vaccinated if they want to return to a state of maskless, pre-pandemic normalcy.  “If parents do the right thing all over the state, get their kids vaccinated. There will come a time when there’s no reason to wear a mask, that every child is safe. But we need compliance,” she said during an appearance on WNYW’s Good Day New York this week. “And in some communities...
    Concert venues in the Bay Area, and around the world, have long taken measures to help provide safe environments for seeing live music. “Safety is the utmost important thing to all of us,” says Steve Kirsner, longtime vice president for booking and events at SAP Center at San Jose. “We belong to a number of associations and groups where this is discussed.” Sadly, concert safety is once again a topic of discussion among venue and entertainment officials, as well as musicians and fans. This is in the aftermath of the Nov. 5 tragedy at the Astroworld festival in Houston, when what has been identified as a massive crowd-surge incident unfolded while headliner Travis Scott was performing, leading to nine deaths and hundreds of injuries. Answers to exactly what happened thus far are few, with several investigations now underway, including a criminal probe by the Houston Police Department and one by a task force ordered by state Gov. Greg Abbott. A plethora of lawsuits have already been filed against Scott, festival promoter Live Nation and others. But while explanations are still...
    CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond asked Vice President Kamala Harris about the whiteness of the jury in the trial for the murder of unarmed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery. On Friday, Harris held a press conference to punctuate her trip to France, and took questions from American and French reporters on a range of issues. Among them was the trial of the three White men — 64-year-old Gregory McMichael, his 34-year-old son, Travis McMichael, and 50-year-old William “Roddie” Bryan — charged in the murder of Arbery. In particular, Diamond asked about the racial makeup of the jury in the case. Diamond noted that “While you’ve been here in Paris this week, Americans have been closely watching the trial of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, 11 of the 12 jurors in this trial are White. Only one of them is Black despite 26 percent of that county’s demographic being Black. The judge in this case even said that there appears to have been intentional discrimination in the selection of that jury.” “So do you believe that justice can still be done given the history of jury...
    Jason Aldean & wife Brittany coordinate in sparkly silver looks, more couples at the 2021 CMA Awards Too risky to not use both battery electric and hydrogen tech, Daimler Truck CEO says © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Buccaneers went into their bye on a sour note, losing to the division-rival Saints 36-27. Quarterback Tom Brady had three turnovers in the contest, tossing a pick-six to P.J. Williams late in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach. Tampa Bay remains one of the league’s top teams with a 6-2 record. The club is first in scoring and second in total yards, while also sporting one of the league’s top rushing defenses. But given the way he’s wired, it’s not a shock that Brady said Thursday there’s no shortage of things the Buccaneers can improve in the second half of their season. “I don’t think there’s one area where I think that we can’t be better,” Brady said in his press conference. “Everything, I think we can...
    By the usual measures, the U.S. economy has been booming this year. Employment has risen by more than 5 million since January; a record number of Americans say this is a good time to find a quality job, a sentiment reflected in the willingness of an unprecedented number of workers to quit (yes, high quit rates are a good sign). Yet Americans are, or say they are, pessimistic about the economic situation. For example, the widely cited Michigan index of consumer sentiment has slid to a level not seen since the depths of the pandemic slump. How can people be feeling so bad about a seemingly good economy? One answer is that Americans are upset about inflation and disrupted supply chains. And that’s surely true. But I’d suggest that it’s only part of the story — that to an important extent, when you ask people about the state of the economy, their replies don’t necessarily reflect their actual experience. Instead, they respond based on what they imagine is happening to other people, a perception that can be shaped by news...