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    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A U.N expert says contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka, with vulnerable groups such as children, women, ethnic minorities and older people particularly affected. Tomoyo Obokata, the U.N special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, said Friday at the end of a mission to Sri Lanka that he hopes to submit a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in September next year. Obokata said about 1% of Sri Lankan children are involved in some type of child labor, most of it considered hazardous. “Girls and boys work in the domestic sector, in hospitality, cleaning in the general service industry. Others are sexually exploited in the tourism sector,” he said. Child labor is particularly severe in areas populated by ethnic minority Tamils, such as in tea and rubber planation regions where children are forced to drop out of school and support their families, he said. The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights says contemporary forms of slavery include traditional slavery, forced labor, debt bondage, serfdom, children working in slavery or...
    Developer Tuxedo Labs announced on December 2 that it was an eco-destructive action game that is currently being distributed for pre-access on Steam.TearingDistributed Update 0.9. The second half of the campaign mode is added, and the mode is over. “Deartown” is an action game that destroys any environment using voxel graphics and physics. In addition to the sandbox mode and challenge mode, a story-driven campaign mode is also available. The player becomes the owner of a company in debt and places requests to make money from suspects. For example, jobs such as “moving” an old house that refuses to evacuate, “renting” a PC from a company suspected of tax evasion, or “creating space” in the harbor for a customer to ship. Aim to complete the task by destroying objects while using various tools and vehicles. Since there may be alerts and security guards, it is important to plan well during the preview phase and create a path in advance if needed. This time the campaign mode included more spaces, tasks and tools. In addition to the new characters,...
    VIDEO3:2203:22Webull CEO on how his trading platform differs from RobinhoodETF Edge Webull CEO Anthony Denier says there are two key factors that set his trading platform apart from industry peers such as Robinhood. Though Webull's 7 million account holders are demographically similar to those of its larger rival, with an average age of 40 and average account size of $4,000, they tend to be more active and more advanced investors, Denier told CNBC's "ETF Edge" on Monday. "Our traders are very quick to take positions. They go in and out of positions very, very fast," sometimes using leveraged ETFs to trade on momentum, the CEO said. Webull users also tend to use sophisticated analytical tools such as charting and backtesting to decide when to enter and exit their trades, Denier said. "They're much more intellectual and experienced in what they're doing," he said. "They graduate from ... easy-to-trade, don't get too deep in it, to I want to get deep in it, I really want to nerd out on this and I want to learn more and learn how to...
    When the Department of Defense released its annual report on Chinese military strength in early November, one claim generated headlines around the world. By 2030, it suggested, China would probably have 1,000 nuclear warheads — three times more than at present and enough to pose a substantial threat to the United States. As a Washington Post headline put it, typically enough: “China accelerates nuclear weapons expansion, seeks 1,000 warheads or more, Pentagon says.” The media, however, largely ignored a far more significant claim in that same report: that China would be ready to conduct “intelligentized” warfare by 2027, enabling the Chinese to effectively resist any U.S. military response should it decide to invade the island of Taiwan, which they view as a renegade province. To the newsmakers of this moment, that might have seemed like far less of a headline-grabber than those future warheads, but the implications couldn’t be more consequential. Let me, then, offer you a basic translation of that finding: as the Pentagon sees things, be prepared for World War III to break out any time after January...
    BEIJING (AP) — China is launching an aggressive campaign to promote Mandarin, saying 85% of its citizens will use the national language by 2025. The move appears to put threatened Chinese regional dialects such as Cantonese and Hokkien under even greater pressure, along with minority languages such as Tibetan, Mongolian and Uyghur. The order issued Wednesday by the State Council, China’s Cabinet, said use of Mandarin, known in Chinese as “putonghua” or the “common tongue,” remains “unbalanced and inadequate” and needs to be improved to meet the demands of the modern economy. Critics have sporadically protested changes to the education system and employment requirements that have steadily eroded the role of minority languages, calling it a campaign to eradicate cultures that don’t conform with the dominant Han ethnic group. Along with the 2025 goal, the policy aims to make Mandarin virtually universal by 2035, including in rural areas and among ethnic minorities. The promotion of Mandarin over other languages has sparked occasional protests, including last year in the Inner Mongolia region when the Mongolian language was...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Art Basel is back after being canceled last year due to the pandemic. Tuesday morning was the official invitation-only VIP opening for the 2021 art extravaganza. READ MORE: Busy 2021 Hurricane Season Comes To An EndKnown as the premier art fair in the Americas, Art Basel returns with more than 250 galleries from 36 countries. Marc Spiegler, Art Basel’s global director, spoke at the morning press event about how last year’s online and digital fairs will never replace this. “People want to see art, and why is that? Because there’s no substitute for discovering art in person and for buying and selling art in person,” Spiegler said. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said, “80,000 people are coming into this community so this is a huge economic driver. But more importantly, we are welcoming back the world because that’s what we do in South Florida. We create moments for people.” COVID-19 safety measures are strongly in place. Guests must show their vaccine cards or negative COVID tests to get a bracelet, which they can use to get in...
    Twitter updated its private information policy on Tuesday, banning photographs and videos of private citizens posted without their consent. The new rules for "private media" do not require someone's approval before posting, but if a private citizen wants a photo taken down, Twitter will remove the image. “When we are notified by individuals depicted, or by an authorized representative, that they did not consent to having their private image or video shared, we will remove it,” Twitter said in an update . “This policy is not applicable to media featuring public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweet text are shared in the public interest or add value to public discourse.” NEW TWITTER CEO SLAMMED FOR DECADE-OLD TWEET For celebrities and other public figures , Twitter said it would remove images meant to harass or damage an individual, such as nude pictures. It will also decide to remove an image of a public individual based on whether the photo is accessible in other formats, such as on television. Images of large crowds at...
    The experts told the network said that words like "whitelist" and "blacklist" can be replaced by "block-list" or "deny-list." Ghetto, inner city Smith added to the CBC that terms like "ghetto" and "inner city" come from the idea that they're "where less refined people lived — the people who weren't up to date culturally, development-wise." Such places also connoted danger while the suburbs were seen as safer, the network said. Spooky The term "spook" — besides its use in ghost stories and during Halloween — has a history as an anti-black slur beginning with black soldiers being called "spooks" during World War II, the CBC said. Savage The term "savage" has become popular on social media as it's often used to describe someone who is "fierce, or a situation that is intense — and carries a positive or semi-positive connotation," the network said. But Smith told the CBC that colonizers used "savage" as a way of differentiating themselves — "the epitome of refinement, intelligence, spirituality" — from indigenous, black, and other people of color. Anything else? The...
    NOT EVERY mother-in-law-daughter-in-law relationship is perfect, but one woman shared that hers is nearly unsalvageable.  She revealed that her mother-in-law said she is the reason her dad left her family as a kid, among other disturbing allegations, but the woman has found peace with the situation.  3A woman claimed her mother-in-law dislikes her for no reason and has gotten in her face on several occasionsCredit: Getty 3The daughter-in-law has gone to therapy due to the hostile treatment and now understands why her mother-in-law acts the way she doesCredit: Getty The woman, who shared her story anonymously on Reddit, explained that her mother-in-law started acting cold once she and her husband tied the knot, and her comments became more hostile over time.  “It progressed to her saying since my father left when I was young that might be a sign to not have children since I must have been too intolerable as a child that I drove him away,” she recalled. The poster said their relationship reached a boiling point when her mother-in-law accused her of “poisoning” her son and turning...
    Jets coach Robert Saleh only worked at Central Michigan with Brian Kelly for one year, as a defensive assistant in 2004, and it was not a happy one. Saleh and now-Packers coach Matt LaFleur, the older brother of Jets coordinator Mike LaFleur, were on Kelly’s staff as low-level assistants in their 20s. According to a 2019 ESPN article, they thought they were invited to a party at Kelly’s house, only to realize they were the help. “We shoveled the snow and parked all the cars,” Saleh told ESPN in 2019, when he was still the 49ers’ defensive coordinator. “Then, at the end of the night, we had to go get the cars again.” In an article published in 2020, Kelly did call Saleh “special,” but also seemingly went out of his way to tell an embarrassing story about Saleh passing out from dehydration. It’s the classic high-handed, shameless behavior from Kelly that everyone has gotten to know from him over his rise from the mid-majors to Notre Dame coach. And it’s one of many anecdotes that...
    In mid-October, President Biden announced that the Port of Los Angeles would begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, joining the nearby Port of Long Beach, which had been doing so since September. The move followed weeks of White House negotiations with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, as well as shippers like UPS and FedEx, and major retailers like Walmart and Target. The purpose of expanding port hours, according to the New York Times, was “to relieve growing backlogs in the global supply chains that deliver critical goods to the United States.” Reading this, you might be forgiven for imagining that an array of crucial items like medicines or their ingredients or face masks and other personal protective equipment had been languishing in shipping containers anchored off the West Coast. You might also be forgiven for imagining that workers, too lazy for the moment at hand, had chosen a good night’s sleep over the vital business of unloading such goods from boats lined up in their dozens offshore onto trucks, and getting them into the hands...
    The European Commission will be “looking into” a internal document that advised bureaucrats to avoid terms like “Christmas time” to be more inclusive after the paper leaked to an Italian newspaper. The document, entitled “European Commission Guidelines for Inclusive Communication”, gives advice to Commission employees for all communications including press releases, social media posts, speeches, and training materials. Under the section labelled “cultures, lifestyles and beliefs”, the document recommends Commission employees refrain from using the term “Christmas time”, arguing that because Christmas is not celebrated by everyone in the European Union, they should use the term “holiday times” instead. Guidance, first reported on by the Italian newspaper Il Giornale with the entire document later distributed by French news website Fdesouche.com, also discourages the term “Christian name”, which should instead be replaced with “first name” or “forename”. Commission employees are also encouraged to use names from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in their communications material, giving the example: “Malika and Julio are an international couple.” While much of the document is comprised of language suggestions, there are some rules which are labelled as being...
    Twitter is expanding the list of content banned from its platform, and it will no longer allow users to share the “private media” of individuals without their consent. The social media company announced the new changes in a blog post written by its Twitter Safety team Tuesday, updating its policy on sharing private information such as driver’s license numbers or home addresses to include private media like images and videos. Under the new rules, an individual can notify Twitter if an image of them is shared without their consent, and Twitter will consider removing the offending image. “The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities,” Twitter Safety wrote in the post. The policy does not apply to images that users upload of themselves to be viewed by the public, such as images posted to their Twitter accounts, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Twitter will also exempt private media “featuring public figures or individuals when media and accompanying Tweet text are shared...
    Forensic analysts have alerted D.C.'s Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS) that there is a new synthetic opioid circulating in the illicit drug supply in the city as it continues to grapple with a flood of fatal overdoses. Scientists at DFS found the synthetic drugs during a routine study of used syringes in September and October, The Washington Post reported. The opioids — called protonitazene and isotonitazene — were found to be several times more potent than fentanyl. While the drugs are not new compounds, the scientist who discovered the first known sample of protonitazene in D.C., Alexandra Evans, told WTOP that it's the first time the opioid has appeared in the District's drug supply. The discovery of the new drugs, known as "nitazenes," has raised alarms, because they could be less vulnerable to some of the primary resources used to prevent overdoses, such as fentanyl testing strips and the overdose antidote Narcan.  According to the CDC, fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Scientists say that nitazene is even more powerful. “What we know about it is that it's more potent than fentanyl. So we are a bit...
    Just one day after Jack Dorsey was replaced as the CEO of Twitter by the company’s former CTO, Parag Agrawal, the platform has banned the sharing of any images or videos of people without their explicit consent. The far-left company stated:  “The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.” Twitter has banned the sharing of photos and videos of people without their consent, stating that: “The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a disproportionate effect on women, activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities.” The company added that it would try to “assess the context in which the content is shared and, in such cases, we may allow the images or videos to remain on the service.” Twitter previously banned the sharing of certain types of private information without permission, such as a person’s home address, identity documents such as government-issued IDs and social security numbers, financial account information, etc. But now it has added to this banned list, “NEW: media...
    Dr. Houman Hemmati, a Ph.D. research scientist, explained how the latest variant of COVID-19 could actually bring the end of the pandemic sooner. On "Fox & Friends First," he said that the omicron variant, based on the few reports from South Africa, could be highly infectious and cause little disease, meaning that many people around the globe could be exposed and develop antibodies that would provide protection from future variants.  TUCKER CARLSON: JOE BIDEN'S HANDLE ON CORONAVIRUS ‘GREATEST PUBLIC POLICY FAILURE OF ALL TIME’ DR. HEMMATI: There is a lot of data that remains to be seen. There's always a chance that this is much more infectious, much more deadly than what we have heard about so far. So far, we have just a trickle of reports coming out of South Africa. But hypothetically, if this doesn't cause significant disease or any real major disease whatsoever and happens to, on the flip side, to be highly infectious such that everybody gets it – imagine lots and lots of people, including currently vaccinated people get it and it's impossible to avoid. ...
    OH, to find our you're about to become a parent and have your own little family - the cute onesies, decorating the baby room, imagining their first steps. You may also want to throw a gender reveal party - what could possibly go wrong on this beautiful day? 33, 2, 1 - the big reveal!Credit: Instagram Quite a lot, according to one family whose party went from bad to worse in a matter of seconds. Danielle and her fiancé, Frankie, were excited to find out there will be a little addition to their family. To celebrate this emotional event, they decided to gather their friends and close ones for a gender reveal party, where they'd find out if their daughter would become a big sister to a baby brother or a baby sister. FABULOUS BINGO: GET A £5 FREE BONUS WITH NO DEPOSIT REQUIRED The party seemed to be going well until the big moment - popping the black balloon containing either blue or pink confetti. To make young sister-to-be feel more special, the parents decided it'd be her...
    Now that we’re a year into the COVID-19 vaccine and unemployment numbers are decreasing, life is looking a little better than it did in November 2020. But the nation still faces a host of challenges, from a potential winter virus surge to the assault on voting rights. Here are some worthy causes and charities to consider while celebrating #GivingTuesday on Nov. 30. Of course, giving in any one of these areas can also have a positive ripple effect. “We need to see each other as working together as opposed to working separately or in silos,” said Carmen Garcia, the executive director of legal advocacy group Root & Rebound. “We are responsible for the narrative of the communities we serve.” COVID-19Even as kids start to get vaccinated and boosters become available to all, anti-vaccine sentiment still abounds across the nation, contributing to the ongoing public health crisis. Heart to Heart International has taken what it learned from dealing with natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes and applied it to the pandemic. It has provided medical supplies such as personal protective equipment...
    WITH the rise of social media, abbreviated words have become the conversational norm. But while some people have no problem deciphering new and quick terms, less tech-savvy people may still struggle to communicate as fluently. 1Abbreviations have become common place amid the rise of social media What does WTM mean? "Wtm" usually stands for what’s the matter or what’s the move. The abbreviations is a way to ask whether someone is ok or to ask what is happening. It is mostly used in texting and on social media – such as Snapchat and Instagram - by teenagers and most adults It does not have the need for a question mark. When did it start? No precise origins for "wtm" are known. But as a part of popular internet slang, the abbreviation most likely originated from the rise of social media and texting. Most read in NewsExclusivelast act Woman who died 2 weeks after her & pal were dumped at hospitals has donated organsPINE-ING FOR MELANIA Jill's Xmas tree slammed as 'ugly' & she's compared to Melania's decorHOME HORROR Four kids under 12 & grandma found shot...
    CHICAGO (KABC) -- Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced Monday that an 11-year-old boy is now in custody for a Chicago carjacking earlier this month, calling it "a sad state of affairs.""Unfortunately, this 11-year-old has been arrested before, and he is considered a prolific carjacker in our city," Brown said.The 11-year-old is now charged with one felony count of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.The crime took place on Nov. 14 in the parking lot of a Jewel Osco in the 4700 block of North Cumberland at about 7:45 a.m. Police sources told WLS-TV that the victim was a Chicago police sergeant's wife who was robbed at gunpoint. The stolen vehicle, a 2021 BMW SUV, was located several hours later on the city's South Side."The 11-year-old seems to be driving these carjackings," Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said. "So he's not just there, I guess, along for the ride with other individuals."Mayor Lori Lightfoot also reacted to the news of such a young child arrested in connection with such a serious offense."I'm going to be meeting with the...
    As far as holy grails in medicine are concerned, you don’t get one much more significant than a cure for dementia. It’s the condition many of us fear most, as the disease slowly but inexorably obliterates the mind. We’ve been waiting for a breakthrough treatment for decades, yet despite billions spent on drug development and research by governments and companies worldwide, the majority of candidates have fallen by the wayside. Some experimental medicines have even had the opposite of the intended effect, actually worsening brain function. And the only drugs currently available simply tackle specific symptoms of mild to moderate dementia — there is nothing that can slow down the disease or prevent it. So, understandably, there was huge excitement and hopeful headlines recently after the first new medicine for Alzheimer’s (the most common type of dementia) in two decades was approved by the U.S. regulator, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As far as holy grails in medicine are concerned, you don’t get one much more significant than a cure for dementia The drug, aducanumab (brand name, Aduhelm), works...
    Former President Donald Trump has boasted about the parade of Republicans hoping to join his 2024 presidential ticket coming to visit him at Mar-a-Lago.   'They're all begging me. They all come here,' Trump told an adviser, who shared his comments with Politico for a story about the ex-president's veepstakes.  Both South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have spent time with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, which increased the chatter about them landing on the ticket.  Former President Donald Trump (left), seen with former First Lady Melania Trump (right) at an early November gala at Mar-a-Lago, has boasted about a parade of Republicans visiting him in Florida hoping to be added to the 2024 presidential ticket  Both former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (left) and Sen. Tim Scott (right) have visited former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, which has increased veepstakes chatter about the two men  The person who most certainly won't be on the ticket is former Vice President Mike Pence.    Pence got branded as 'disloyal' by Trump, according to Politico, after he certified President Joe...
    Climate change Leading “determining factor” Wildfire According to a study by general research scientists, it is increasingly intense Australian, Released In review Natural, Friday, contrary to government. In a co-reviewed study, researchers from the state-owned CSIRO looked at 90 years of data and concluded that climate change is a major factor. Mega fire like the one that devastated Australia In 2019-2020. Eight factors are involved Experts studied fire risk factors ranging from the amount of dead plants in the ground to humidity, weather and fire start conditions. “Although the eight factors of fire activity play a different role in influencing wildfires, climate was a determining factor in fire operations,” said Pep Kennedel, CSIRO’s head of fire research. The results of the study have been published in the latest issue of the journal Science Natural, November 26. The Conservative government of Australia has repeatedly underestimated the role of climate change in the 2019-2020 fire, which devastated Australia’s southeast coast and covered large cities such as Sydney with dense, heavy smoke. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed that wildfires are normal in...
    US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo discusses the impact of the semiconductor chip shortage at UAW Region 1A office in Taylor, Michigan on November 29, 2021.Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty Images DETROIT – Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on Monday urged the U.S. House to immediately pass legislation that supports American production of semiconductor chips to avoid future supply interruptions and lower the country's dependence of the parts from China.   Speaking in the Motor City, Raimondo used an ongoing global shortage of chips that has depleted vehicle inventory levels and caused rolling shutdowns of U.S. auto plants as proof that the country needs to onshore its supply chains for critical components such as semiconductor chips. "If we want to compete globally, we invest domestically, and specifically in revitalizing the semiconductor industry," Raimondo said during a speech Monday at the Detroit Economic Club. She noted U.S. chip assembly only represents 12% of the global production, down from 40% in the 1990s. The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act or USICA passed the Senate with bipartisan support in June but has stalled in...
    (ViacomCBS) – VH1 will air Adventures In Christmasing tonight starting at 9PM ET/PT. Adventures In Christmasing comes from Executive Producer Kim Fields who also stars and co-wrote the movie. CBS‘ Matt Weiss spoke with Fields about all the work that went into this movie, her co-stars and what she hopes people take away from the adventure. READ MORE: Laura Shepard Churchley, Daughter Of America's First Person In Space, To Fly In Blue Origin RocketMW- Hello Kim! Adventures In Christmasing comes to VH1 tonight at 9PM and you are pulling tripl duty as the star, executive producer and the co-writer. What was the inspiration behind putting this project together? KF- Well, I co-wrote the story from the genesis of I love how the adventure shows and the survival shows all have that element of people want to be pushed to their limits. Even though they all seem comfortable in those environments, they still pushing themselves. So I thought, well, what if you are not comfortable? You are being catapulted out of your comfort zone and what does that look like? So you have...
    New York (CNN Business)Tickets for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" overloaded ticket sites Monday. That's great news for the box office.Fans complained on social media Monday that ticket sites such as AMC (AMC) were backed up. This delayed them from getting advance tickets to the newest film featuring the web-slinging hero, which hits theaters on December 17.The demand is a good sign for cineplexes, which could use a major blockbuster to end 2021 on high note after yet another challenging pandemic year. More importantly, after months of films slowly returning to theaters, a big hit could build momentum further into 2022.While 2021 produced several comparative successes — including "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," "F9: The Fast Saga" and Venom: Let There Be Carnage" — those films were blockbusters of the pandemic era, and could have been bigger if not for the health crisis. Ticket sales were constrained by Covid restrictions and moviegoers' slow return to theaters. Peter Parker is in a universe of trouble in the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailerBut now "No Way Home," which is being...
    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ) — The University of Maryland’s School of Public Health is set to receive a $100,000 federal grant to upgrade an Environmental Protection Agency mapping tool that tracks issues such as the concentration of homes with lead paint, proximity to traffic, the ozone level in the air and other hazards. Researchers with the university will upgrade the federal agency’s Environmental Justice Mapping Tool to include data on issues that impact children and rural areas, such as exposure to pesticides and large-scale animal feeding operations, blood lead levels, maternal and infant mortality, and socioeconomic factors such as the percentage of the population receiving social service benefits, the EPA said. Officials with the EPA, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the university are scheduled to hold a press briefing about the contract on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
    JGI/Jamie Grill | Tetra images | Getty Images Before starting any planning around money, newlyweds should take a hard look at who they are and what they want out of life, financial advisors say. "It's important for you to sit down together and discuss your values — both as individuals, and then as a couple," said certified financial planner Eric Roberge, founder of Beyond Your Hammock in Boston. Roberge refers couples to an online list of values and asks them to consider, individually and jointly, what three to five values — such as community, growth, security — support the ideal vision for their lives. They can then use their shared values to drive joint financial decisions. "Your values can, and should, inform the financial decisions you make," Roberge said. "[If] their actions and financial choices do not align with that value, people find themselves in a cycle where no matter how much their financial situation improves, they never feel like they've 'made it' or they always feel like they're missing something."More from Advisor Insight:Here's a look at other stories impacting the financial advisor...
    A COUPLE have revealed they are £74,000 in debt paying off their divorce - even though they are happily back together and remarried now. TikTok user Brittany Jade, who posts under @brittanyjade___, said they can see the funny side of their expensive predicament. 2TikTok user Brittany Jade shared how her husband and her have a huge debt after getting divorced from each other and then getting back togetherCredit: Tiktok/@brittanyjade___ 2They have managed to rekindle their love - but it didn't come cheapCredit: Tiktok/@brittanyjade___ She said in a video that she had previously wanted the divorce and her husband hadn’t wanted to, but had gone along with it anyway. However they added that they are now “married with $100k debt” after rekindling their love. Brittany added: “Our happily ever after is paying off a divorce we never got.  “But for the record, We ALMOST have (my side) of it paid off!” She explained in the comments that their divorce was so expensive as it wasn’t straightforward or mutual. The pair had been married for nine years, before separating for a year...
    (CNN)How do you embrace a mountain? In so many words, that's what the world-at-large has been asking itself since Friday morning when Stephen Sondheim, the greatest Broadway songwriter of the 20th century's latter half and beyond, died at 91. He leaves behind a formidable and imposing body of work that remains visible, relevant, intellectually stimulating and emotionally enrapturing. Gene Seymour Sondheim, lived, worked, and flourished long enough for people to compare his body of work to William Shakespeare's. Once you've reached that level of acknowledgment, one presumes -- at the very least -- that you can take a knee, stretch out, chillax, maybe spend more time doing crosswords or working out all the other word games the master lyricist liked to play.Read More But if the wave of media tributes, career overviews, front-page obituaries and their dozens of sidebars are indicative, Sondheim wasn't much into resting -- most especially upon his many laurels. Though he had recently been afflicted with health issues (that as of Sunday remain unspecified), Sondheim was still conducting interviews about his staggeringly broad and enduring...
    OnScene TV A Houston teen was shot while trying to sell a PS5, police say. A 19-year-old was shot while trying to sell a PlayStation 5 in Houston, police say. Video from the scene shows the PS5 on the ground at the shooting scene. The victim is expected to survive, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. According to police, the buyer should the seller. The shooting happened during the attempted video game console sale at 8306 Gros Ventre Lane about 1:30 p.m., police said. The popular gaming system has been hard to obtain through stores and online and a black market has emerged with PS5s re-selling for more than $1,000, according to BGR. The market value of the Sony game system, which was released in 2020, is $499. Follow the Heavy on Houston Facebook page for the latest Houston news and more. Video From the Scene Shows a Muddy PlayStation 5 Next to a Car — The Victim Was Taken to a Local Hospital & Is in Stable Condition The shooting happened outside a home at 8306...
    ARCADIA (CBSLA) – Restiany, a four-year-old racehorse, died due to a training injury sustained on Thursday, November 25 according to state officials. Records indicate that Restiany is the 20th racehorse to die at Santa Anita Park this year – the ninth by training fatality. Two of the deaths are listed as “unknown,” while the final nine were racing deaths. READ MORE: Flyers Containing Hate Speech Related To Jewish People Distributed To Beverly Hills HomesRestiany’s cause of death is listed as musculoskeletal by the California Horse Racing Board. Despite being in the midst of a short offseason, Restiany’s fatality occurred during training. Still just a colt, Restiany had two first-place finishes in 10 career races. He was owned by Guy Pariente and trained by John Sadler. READ MORE: Hollywood Christmas Parade Returns Sunday After Year Off Due To COVID-19In 2019, 23 horses died at Santa Anita Park which caused an investigation by then Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey. Santa Anita Park, located in Arcadia, ended its fall season on October 31, and is slated to begin the winter season on December...
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) publicly scolded Dr. Anthony Fauci for arrogantly presenting himself as a representative of science to deflect from criticism. During an interview on Face the Nation Sunday, Fauci repeated his line that criticisms against handling of the coronavirus pandemic (and his possible role in its origins) is “really criticizing science.” Anybody who’s looking at this carefully, realizes that there’s a distinct anti-science flavor to this, so if they get up and criticize science, nobody’s going to know what they’re talking about. But if they get up and really aim their bullets at Tony Fauci, well people can recognize that there’s a person there, so it’s easy to criticize, but they’re really criticizing science because I represent science. In a tweet on Sunday, Rand Paul, one of Fauci’s top critics, characterized the doctor’s statement as being the height of “absolute hubris.” “The absolute hubris of someone claiming THEY represent science. It’s astounding and alarming that a public health bureaucrat would even think to claim such a thing, especially one who has worked so hard to ignore the science...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Luz Rivas remembers seeing the word on her mother's residency card as a child: "alien."In the stark terms of the government, it signaled her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal meaning. Even though they were going through the naturalization process, it meant the family did not belong."I want other children of immigrants, like me, to not feel the same way I did, that my family did, when we saw the word 'alien'," said Rivas, now an assemblywoman in the California Legislature.The Democratic lawmaker sought to retire the term and this year authored a bill - since signed into law - that replaces the use of "alien" in state statutes with other terms such as "noncitizen" or "immigrant." Her effort was inspired by a similar shift earlier this year by the Biden administration.Immigrants and immigrant-rights groups say the term, especially when combined with "illegal," is dehumanizing and can have a harmful effect on immigration policy.The word became a focal point of debate in several...
    AUSTIN, Texas -- Luz Rivas remembers seeing the word on her mother's residency card as a child: "alien."In the stark terms of the government, it signaled her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal meaning. Even though they were going through the naturalization process, it meant the family did not belong."I want other children of immigrants, like me, to not feel the same way I did, that my family did, when we saw the word 'alien'," said Rivas, now an assemblywoman in the California Legislature.The Democratic lawmaker sought to retire the term and this year authored a bill - since signed into law - that replaces the use of "alien" in state statutes with other terms such as "noncitizen" or "immigrant." Her effort was inspired by a similar shift earlier this year by the Biden administration.Immigrants and immigrant-rights groups say the term, especially when combined with "illegal," is dehumanizing and can have a harmful effect on immigration policy.The word became a focal point of debate in several...
    A Guatemalan man was transported to a hospital after he was discovered hiding inside the landing gear compartment of a plane arriving in Florida, authorities said. Agents working for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection explained the 26-year-old was apprehended once the flight from Guatemala landed early Saturday outside the Miami International Airport, WFTV reported.  Video footage showed the man with airport employees as he sat on the ground beneath the plane’s wing: Authorities said the individual got into the compartment to “evade detection.” Once medical staff evaluated the man, he was transported to a hospital to receive treatment, a news release said. According to border patrol agents, “Persons are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces such as an aircraft.” Authorities said the incident is currently being investigated. The flight was American Airlines number 1182, and the airline told Local 10 News the aircraft “was met by law enforcement due to a security issue.” The airline is now cooperating with local authorities but did not provide more information. Meanwhile, Saman Gonzalez, an attorney who...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Strolling his church’s rooftop among 630 solar panels, Bishop Richard Howell Jr. acknowledged climate change isn’t the most pressing concern for his predominantly Black congregation — even though it disproportionately harms people of color and the poor. “The violence we’re having, shootings, killings, COVID-19,” Howell said wearily. “You’re trying to save families, and right now no one’s really talking about global warming.” READ MORE: Daunte Wright Shooting: For Kim Potter, Will 'Wrong Gun' Defense Work?Yet his Shiloh Temple International Ministries in north Minneapolis welcomed the opportunity to become one of many “community solar” providers popping up around the U.S. amid surging demand for renewable energy. Larger than home rooftop systems but smaller than utility-scale complexes, they’re located atop buildings, or on abandoned factory grounds and farms. Individuals or companies subscribe to portions of energy sent to the grid and get credits that reduce their electricity bills. The model attracts people who can’t afford rooftop installations or live where solar is not accessible, such as renters and owners of dwellings without direct sunlight. “We’re helping fight this climate...
    A popular, tradition-rich Connecticut restaurant seeks to offer its guests "homegrown" meals through its seasonal menu.  Stone Row Kitchen + Bar is a Windham County staple located at 948 Main St. in Willimantic.  The restaurant opened in 2009 and was formerly known as Cafémantic, before relaunching as Stone Row in 2020. Owners said the restaurant has become a community cornerstone "both as a gathering place for the neighborhood and as a showcase for regional farmers, foragers, and fishers." Stone Row's menu includes main courses such as its grass-fed burger, pan-seared wolffish and pappardelle pasta made with zucchini, tomato butter and roasted squash. Some online reviewers have praised the restaurant's cocktail menu, which features drinks such as a smoked watermelon daiquiri, vodka peach sour and a chocolate cherry Manhattan.  "I've gone here a few times recently and me and my wife are huge fans," Walter C., of Hartford, wrote in a review on Yelp. "The menu has great diversity and both of us found several apps and small plates we were big fans of despite having almost opposite tastes. The cocktail menu is quite intriguing...
    FAIRFAX DISTRICT (CBSLA) — Residents and retailers are scrambling to find ways to help police and find a way to end the recent rash of robberies across Los Angeles. “There needs to be consequences for the behavior,” said California Retail Association president Rachel Michelin. “There needs to be prosecution for people who do this behavior.  But we need to figure out how we can do that most effectively.”  READ MORE: Suspicious Vehicle In Beverly Hills Prompts Response From Bomb SquadThe problem has become such an issue that law enforcement agencies needed to issue a tactical alert to all units. Police have also increased patrols in areas such as Melrose and Fairfax where follow-home robbers have robbed people at gunpoint and smash-and-grab crews have broken into a Nordstrom. Some organizations such as Melrose Action, hope to help authorities track down suspects.  READ MORE: Retailers Left In Fear After Recent Rash Of Smash-And-Grab Robberies“Instituting Advanced License Plate Recognition Camera Program up in the Melrose District in anonymous locations to try to help our law enforcement partners capture some of these bad actors,”...
    Cyber Monday deals you can already shop now Rockets coach Silas not worried about hot seat, “I believe in what I do” Get Paid $200 by Signing Up for This New Card. (Yeah, Seriously) Ad Microsoft Pay No Interest Until 2023 With a Better Card Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic The 25 greatest R&B songs of the '90s Every so often, music industry executives, artists and fans will say, "R&B is dead" and then questions start to emerge, comparing today's R&B to its counterpart in the past. Where are the love ballads? Why don't men plead for their love while singing in the rain anymore? Who are the powerhouse singers of today?...
    I am constantly freezing. I’ll be sitting in my living room with the central heating on and get pangs of cold.  It’s stopping me leaving the house, as I can wear two thick coats and still be shivering. Is there something wrong with me? Any dramatic change in your body should prompt a chat with a doctor, especially if it is serious enough to impact normal activities such as going outside. My first thought would be whether there was a problem with the thyroid gland – a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck that’s responsible for regulating the metabolism. Thyroid conditions cause changes in the way we feel temperature.  If it becomes underactive – producing less of the hormones it usually produces – you will start to feel the cold much more so than before. This can occur suddenly and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as tiredness, weight gain and a change in bowel habit and even concentration problems. Thyroid disease can easily be flagged up by a blood test a GP can arrange. Feeling the...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The South Coast Air Quality Management District Saturday extended a mandatory prohibition on indoor and outdoor wood burning in much of the Southland due to a forecast of high air pollution in the area. The residential wood-burning ban will be in effect through at least 11:59 p.m. Sunday for all those in the South Coast Air Basin, including the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and all of Orange County. READ MORE: Baseball Pitcher Hunter Greene Gives Away Thousands Of Cleats To Kids In PacoimaThe order does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the high desert. Homes that rely on wood as a sole source of heat, low-income households and those without natural gas service also are exempt from the requirement. The no-burn rule prohibits burning wood as well as manufactured fire logs, such as those made from wax or paper. READ MORE: LAPD Releases Body Cam Video From September ArrestGas and other non-wood burning fireplaces are not restricted, the SCAQMD said. Fine particles in wood...
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — ‘Tis the season for holiday scammers, including those targeting utility customers. “These scammers – often sounding legitimate and quite convincing – may threaten to shut off electric service immediately unless instant payment is made, sometimes with a prepaid debit card, which should be a red flag,” Penni Conner, of Eversource said in a statement. “Scammers are constantly changing their tactics to take advantage of unsuspecting customers and prey on people when they feel most vulnerable, like during the holidays.” READ MORE: Local Businesses Celebrate Small Business Saturday With Special Promotions, DiscountsEversource will never threaten to disconnect service or demand instant payment over the phone, Conner said. READ MORE: Coronavirus In Massachusetts: Today's DevelopmentsConsumers also are being advised to be wary of callers claiming that people overpaid their utility bills and requesting personal bank account or credit card information to give a refund. They also should look out for text messages requesting personal information. MORE NEWS: Moderna Seeks To Develop Variant-Specific Boosters For COVID-19 Mutations Like Omicron(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material...
    SUPPORTING local businesses is a must, especially during the holiday season. 2021's Small Business Saturday is all about encouraging buyers to think and shop small. 2Small Business Saturday is a day in the US that encourages consumers to shop at small businesses versus larger stores What is Small Business Saturday? Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday, November 27th, 2021. The day is dedicated to supporting local businesses throughout the country, whether that be buying in-person or online. CNBC predicts "49 percent of consumers plan to shop Small Business Saturday." With the pandemic still lingering, small businesses are doing all they can to remain afloat. By investing in their communities and shopping locally, buyers easily can aid business recovery this holiday season. Most read in MoneyCASHING IN Demand for December stimulus payment after families sent 'surprise' $8,000 cashXMAS TOP-UP ‘Surprise’ & bonus stimulus check updates – States proposing ‘holiday cash’CASH BOOST Bonus $1,000 'stimulus check' for unemployed Connecticut residentsBABY JOY Millions of parents to get $1,400 stimulus check next year – are you eligible?HELPING HAND...
    In this article MLFB Soccer in the U.S. has not always had the best track record. Its popularity fluctuates, and interest is usually tied to significant events, such as the World Cup or the Olympics. Major League Soccer has spent more than 25 years trying to change the sentiment toward soccer in the U.S. while competing with more fast-paced, high-scoring sports such as the NFL and the NBA. Over the last 10 years, the MLS has become increasingly popular. The league garnered the attention of top international talent, brought in significant investments and generated a massive presence on social media. The MLS is focused on expanding its clubs to large sports markets and increasing popularity with younger generations. Nevertheless, the league has seen its fair share of obstacles, such as financial woes, leadership shakeups and its continuous fight to draw a large television audience. Establishing a massive television audience is everything to the league. Media rights deals are a cornerstone of how a league functions and the driving force for its longevity, growth and operational revenue. The league is looking...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Luz Rivas remembers seeing the word on her mother’s residency card as a child: “alien.” In the stark terms of the government, it signaled her mother was not yet a citizen of the U.S. But to her young daughter, the word had a more personal meaning. Even though they were going through the naturalization process, it meant the family did not belong. “I want other children of immigrants, like me, to not feel the same way I did, that my family did, when we saw the word ‘alien’,” said Rivas, now an assemblywoman in the California Legislature. The Democratic lawmaker sought to retire the term and this year authored a bill — since signed into law — that replaces the use of “alien” in state statutes with other terms such as “noncitizen” or “immigrant.” Her effort was inspired by a similar shift earlier this year by the Biden administration. Immigrants and immigrant-rights groups say the term, especially when combined with “illegal,” is dehumanizing and can have a harmful effect on immigration policy....
    Legendary Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim unexpectedly passed away Friday at age 91, according to his lawyer and friend Richard F. Pappas. Sondheim spent the previous day celebrating Thanksgiving with several friends and showed no signs of illness during the engagement, Pappas told The New York Times. He died early the following morning, at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut, due to unknown causes. The legendary songwriter contributed words and/or music to several popular productions including West Side Story, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported. Many described him as “the greatest musical theater artist of the last 60 years,” and as a trailblazer who “carved an unprecedented path” by others, Sondheim’s death elicited responses from several artists and celebrities who revered his works. “The theater has lost one of its greatest geniuses and the world has lost one of its greatest and most original writers. Sadly, there is now a giant in the sky,” producer Cameron Mackintosh wrote in tribute to Sondheim, according to The...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91. Sondheim’s death was announced by Rick Miramontez, president of DKC/O&M. Sondheim’s Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, told The New York Times the composer died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. Sondheim influenced several generations of theater songwriters, particularly with such landmark musicals as “Company,” “Follies” and “Sweeney Todd,” which are considered among his best work. His most famous ballad, “Send in the Clowns,” has been recorded hundreds of times, including by Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins. The artist refused to repeat himself, finding inspiration for his shows in such diverse subjects as an Ingmar Bergman movie (“A Little Night Music”), the opening of Japan to the West (“Pacific Overtures”), French painter Georges Seurat (“Sunday in the Park With George”), Grimm’s fairy tales (“Into the Woods”) and even the killers of American presidents (“Assassins”), among others....
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia health officials announced Friday that they’ve confirmed the state’s first death from a rare inflammatory condition in children linked with the coronavirus. The child was between 10 and 19 years old and lived in the Prince William Health District, the Virginia Department of Health said in a news release. To protect privacy and out of respect for the family, officials said they wouldn’t disclose further patient information. READ MORE: Ravens Release Details For Light Rail Service During Sunday Night Football GameVirginia has reported 111 cases of the condition to date. The condition, known as MIS-C, can cause problems with a child’s heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs. Most children with the condition have ongoing fever and symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, bloodshot eyes, and dizziness or lightheadedness. READ MORE: Maryland Weather: Wind Advisory In Place, Gusts Reaching Up To 50 MPHA child showing severe warning signs such as trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure or confusion, should be taken to a hospital, officials said. “We are devastated by this sad news,...