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    The co-founder of BioNTech - Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing partner - believes their shot is still effective at preventing severe complications from the Omicron variant. Dr Ugur Sahin, co-founder of the Mainz, Germany-based company, told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the variant can cause breakthrough infections at a higher rate. However, once in the body, the variant would likely be destroyed. Sahin believes that a vaccinated person will have the immune system capacity necessary to defeat the mutated virus, and encourages people to get their booster shots when they can. Many experts have feared that the Covid vaccines would not effective against the variant because of how many mutations is has of the spike protein that the vaccines target. Dr Ugar Sahin, co-founder of BioNTech, says the people who have received his companies vaccine - a joint effort with Pfizer - are safe from severe complications from the Omicron COVID-19 variant. Pictured: Sahin at a virtual awards show on March 18 in Berlin, Germany Sahin explained that the vaccine provides a person with two layers of protection from the...
    Polarizing Fox News host Tucker Carlson has compared Dr Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, to Italian fascist World War II dictator Benito Mussolini - just hours after his colleague Lara Logan likened the scientist to Auschwitz death camp doctor Josef Mengele.  During Monday's installment of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the presenter argued that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has gone from being a sober public servant at the outset of the pandemic to a megalomaniac accountable to no one. 'After two years of being nonstop media adulation, Tony Fauci has morphed into an even shorter version of Benito Mussolini,' Carlson said. The talk show host's claim as relating to the size of the two men fell a bit short. Fauci is 5-foot-7, the same exact height as the former Italian dictator. Scroll down for video  Fox News' Tucker Carlson argued that Dr Anthony Fauci thinks 'he's a deity accountable to no one' after two years of 'nonstop media adulation' Carlson drew a comparison between Fauci (left) and Benito Mussolini (right), saying he...
    Caracas, Venezuela (CNN)Tens of millions are going hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean as the Covid-19 pandemic sharpens a regional malnutrition crisis to its worst levels in decades, according to the United Nations. In just one year -- from 2019 to 2020 -- the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30%, or 13.8 million people, a new United Nations Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report said. While the coronavirus poses its own health threat, the pandemic's economic fallout has also meant empty cupboards. Months of lockdowns and travel restrictions hit informal jobs in particular, in a region where missing work one day can mean having little to eat the next.Women are going hungrier than men across the region, the UN found, as food insecurity disproportionately affects the most vulnerable people in society.In 2020, approximately 42% of women experienced moderate or severe food insecurity, compared with 32% of men. That disparity has consistently widened in recent years, the report said, with a spike from 6.4% to 9.6% in the first year of the...
    The growing transgenderization of American children is unscientific, unsupervised, and out of control, according to an op-ed prominently published Sunday by the Washington Post. “The treatment pushed by activists, recommended by some providers and taught in many training workshops is to affirm [teenagers’ claims of transgender identity] without question,” says the op-ed by two loud advocates of the transgender ideology, psychologist Laura Edwards-Leeper, and Erica Anderson, who says she is transgender. “We may be harming some of the young people we strive to support — people who may not be prepared for the gender transitions they are being rushed into,” the two authors wrote. The article was given a very prominent position — three-quarters of the first page in the Washington Post‘s prestigious Outlook section on Sunday, November 28. The top-level support for the article suggests the Post‘s editors are alarmed at the growing damage from transgenderism — even as they also publish a flood of relentlessly pro-transgender articles in other parts of the newspaper. SHOCK: A Minnesota school district is using a sex ed program that asks straight students to role play...
    Earlier this week, scientists in South Africa and Botswana identified a small cluster of cases involving a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The high number of mutations on this variant, now officially labeled as “omicron,” generated immediate concern—especially as several of the changes involve the critical spike protein. That protein is a key part of how the virus attaches to cells in the body, and the target of both vaccines and manufactured monoclonal antibody treatments. So changes in that area could affect the virus’ rate of transmission, as well as making it more evasive to prevention and treatment. Early statistics in one region of South Africa have given preliminary indications that the rate of transmission may be very high; possibly higher than that of the delta variant, which currently makes up 99.9% of cases in the United States. It’s not clear that the variant actually appeared first in the region where it has been detected. South Africa has one of the world’s best systems of sampling and analysis—one that has experience in dealing with other epidemics, including HIV—meaning that it very quickly...
    Two cases of the new variant Omicron have been confirmed in Canada, government officials announced on Sunday. 'Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria,' said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health, and Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health.  'Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation.'  Scientists have said they are concerned about the B.1.1.529 variant, named by the World Health Organisation as Omicron, as it has around 30 different mutations - double the amount present in the Delta variant. It was first discovered in South Africa earlier this month Canada, like the U.S., has banned travel from South Africa - which has the largest number of cases - and seven regional countries. But Nigeria is not one of the countries on the banned list. Eric Feigel-Ding, an epidemiologist, told DailyMail.com on Friday that he believed the new variant was 'probably worldwide' already. A patient in Belgium...
    Queen Elizabeth II apparently only picks up her phone for two people. Not only does the queen have a limited list of people she'll pick up the phone for, she also has a phone packed with "anti-hacker encryption," royal expert Jonathan Sacerdoti revealed during a recent episode of the "Royally Us" podcast. Queen Elizabeth II reportedly only picks up her phone for Princess Anne and her racing manager, John Warren. (Alastair Grant - Pool/Getty Images) "Apparently the Queen has two people who she speaks to the most on her phones, and she also apparently has a mobile phone, which is said to be [a] Samsung packed with anti-hacker encryption by MI6 so nobody can hack into her phone," Sacerdoti said.  "But the two people she phones the most is said to be her daughter Princess Anne and her racing manager John Warren. So this is apparently who can get through to the Queen from anywhere in the world if he calls, she answers," he said. QUEEN ELIZABETH II ATTENDS DOUBLE CHRISTENING OF GREAT-GRANDSONS The queen has a Samsung...
    Queen Elizabeth II will reportedly only pick up the phone for two people within The Firm, and they may not be who you think they are. “Apparently, the Queen has two people who she speaks to the most on her phones and she also apparently has a mobile phone which is said to be Samsung packed with anti-hacker encryption by MI6 so nobody can hack into her phone,” revealed royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti while on The Royally US podcast. “But the two people she phones the most is said to be her daughter Princess Anne and her racing manager John Warren.” Queen Elizabeth II is pictured above with her racing manager, John Warren. Getty Images Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth II will reportedly host the Royal Family at Sandringham House for Christmas despite a troublesome year full drama, death and health scares. “The Queen has told everyone she is feeling far better of late and is very much looking forward to welcoming them for Christmas,” a source told the Daily Mail on Thursday. Queen Elizabeth and daughter Princess Anne are particularly close....
    A MUM has revealed she wants to change her baby’s name – but kind-hearted people have got her pressies with the tot’s moniker on. The mum made the confession on Mumsnet’s Baby Names thread. She told how her daughter had a name which could be pronounced in two different ways and it was stressing her out. Getty 1 The mum admitted she didn’t know what to do to Mumsnet “DD [dear daughter] is just over six weeks old,” she started. “We were choosing between two names and went back and forth until we registered her, but a few weeks on from that and I’m still feeling undecided! “The problem I’m having is that the name we’ve chosen, although lovely, can be pronounced in two ways and it feels like everyone uses the pronunciation we don’t. I’d rather not say the name but it’s along the lines of Esme. Every conversation goes: “Oh what’s her name? Es-may Es-mee, how nice…” She continued: “Anyway, would you think someone was an absolute idiot for changing a baby’s name at six...
    SHE’S one of the most famous women on the planet, but the Queen is said to only have two people that have instant access to her. Her Majesty, 95, only answers her phone every time to these two chosen individuals - and they aren’t who you would expect. 3The Queen is said to only answer the phone every time to two people 3One of the Queen's chosen people is her daughter, Princess Anne Speaking on the Royally US podcast Christina Garibaldi, royal commentator Jonathan Sacerdoti revealed: “Apparently the Queen has two people who she speaks to the most on her phones and she also apparently has a mobile phone which is said to be Samsung packed with anti-hacker encryption by MI6 so nobody can hack into her phone. "But the two people she phones the most is said to be her daughter Princess Anne and her racing manager John Warren. “He is the son-in-law of the Queen’s friend, the late Earl of Carnarvon and his home was Highclere castle in Berkshire which viewers of TV may know better as Downtown...
    Michigan has requested federal military medical assistance to deal with the worst COVID-19 surge in the country, as Minnesota is asking its National Guard to support the struggling medical staff in its hard-hit care homes. Both states are seeing rapidly-rising COVID cases and hospitalizations, as the cold weather forces people indoors. Michigan is the current epicenter of the fourth wave, with cases up 88 per cent in the last two weeks, according to The New York Times's COVID tracking. Hospitalizations in Michigan have risen 48 per cent in the last 14 days, and deaths 64 per cent. Of 3,114 ICU beds in the state, 85 per cent - or 2,651 - are occupied, according to the state health department. Nearly 58 per cent of residents over five are fully vaccinated - below the national rate of nearly 63 per cent - and the Democrat governor of Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has been begging her state's residents to take the virus seriously and get vaccinated. An ambulance crew weaves a gurney through the halls of the emergency department at Sparrow Hospital in...
    A study on migration to the Unites States found that 67 percent of the undocumented immigrants who are living in the country migrated from Central America and Mexico. The report was released Tuesday by the Migration Policy Institute, World Food Programme and Civic Data Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also revealed that 43 percent of the immigrants have been living in the U.S. for more than 15 years. The project shows that Mexicans make up 48 percent (5.31 million) of the 11 million undocumented immigrants population.  Salvadorians (741,000) and Guatemalans (724,000) each represent slightly over 7 percent of the undocumented immigrants who call the U.S. home. People from Honduras make up the remainder of the two thirds, with around 4 percent of illegal migrants - 490,000 people - coming from there. A Cuban national walks along a road after crossing the Mexico-Texas border at the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, on September 23 Migrants await to be processed along the Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, after crossing the Rio Grande from Ciudad Acuña, Mexico...
    The Met Council, the Twin Cities regional planning and transit agency, isn’t alone in how the COVID-19 pandemic affected its operations and people. The shutdowns of many businesses — and the advent of work from home — slashed ridership and revenue for the agency. Already facing a structural deficit, it was pushed further into the red with the loss of farebox revenue — even as it was obligated to continue to operate some services for those who didn’t have the ability to work from home. It also took on those challenges with a new boss. Charlie Zelle, the former state Minnesota Department of Transportation commissioner, was appointed just before the pandemic hit, which he had to address along with other inherited challenges: transit safety, budgets and the increasingly fraught Southwest LRT construction. MinnPost spoke with Zelle about his first two years in the high-profile position, and how the Met Council plans to move forward. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  MinnPost: It probably seemed like a good idea to have accepted this job when the governor offered...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Kyle Rittenhouse is a free man tonight. A jury has cleared him of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest in Wisconsin in the summer of 2020. Leaders across our region are voicing their opinions on the Rittenhouse verdict. READ MORE: Pregnant Woman Killed In Crescentville Shooting, Philadelphia Police SayThe shootings may have happened in Kenosha, Wisconsin but people in Philadelphia feel the trial could have a local and long-lasting impact. “It’s a horrible thing all around,” one man said. It was a controversial case with a decision that’s getting an even stronger reaction as Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five felony charges. “It wasn’t all that surprising given the way the laws are written,” a man said. “It appears that the verdict may be correct, not that the situation was.” Here in Philadelphia, the decision weighed heavy on the hearts of local leaders. READ MORE: Multi-Vehicle Crash On Roosevelt Boulevard Leaves 11-Year-Old Boy, Woman Dead, Others Injured“I am saddened and I am angry and I think I represent so many people....
    Drake is set to return to the stage less than two months after performing at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival where a crowd surge resulted in the deaths of 10 concertgoers and injured hundreds of others. The 35-year-old rapper is teaming up with fellow musician and former rival Kanye West, 44, to co-headline the 'Free Larry Hoover' benefit concert on December 9 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Shortly after the news was confirmed, fans of Drake took to social media to express how 'nuts' it is that the One Dance hitmaker is holding a live concert performance so soon after the November 5 tragedy. Too soon? Drake is set to return to the stage less than two months after performing at Travis Scott's deadly Astroworld Festival 'Drake and Kanye having a free concert is nuts, it's gone be astroworld all over again,' one Twitter user reacted in horror — though the show will not be free as it is a ticketed event that will be made available to the public for purchase on Monday, November 22. 'drake got cool with kanye to take attention...
    (CNN)Sporadic protests broke out around the country Friday after a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty in the shooting deaths of two people during protests there last year.In New York, demonstrators shut down the Brooklyn Bridge, and in Portland, Oregon, they forced open a jail gate, prompting the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office to declare a riot."The crowd, which was described as hostile, launched urine, alcoholic beverages, water bottles and batteries at deputies during the event," the sheriff's office said in a press release early Saturday morning.The protests were nowhere close to the scope of those in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in the summer of 2020, including the one in Kenosha, during which Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and wounded another. Protesters at an entrance of the Justice Center in Portland Friday.Still, some people were clearly upset that Rittenhouse was cleared of all five counts against him, including first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.Read MoreRittenhouse claimed self-defense in the shootings. The Portland Police...
    Retail sales rose in October for a third month in a row. October saw strong jobs growth, and Goldman Sachs is predicting a significant drop in the unemployment rate over the next year. Most families with children are getting expanded child tax credit checks every month. Average food stamp benefits increased by more than 25% thanks to the Biden administration. Yet the economic headlines are overwhelmingly focused on inflation. To be clear, inflation is real: 6.2% in October. But despite that, “It’s safe to say the bottom 40 percent of Americans are definitely better off in the past year from a combination of rising wages and government aid, even with inflation,” University of Massachusetts economist Arindrajit Dube told The Washington Post. Julia Coronado, president and founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, told the Post that disposable income has been about 9.5 percent higher in 2021 than it was before the coronavirus pandemic—even if you factor in inflation. But the statistics don’t matter if what people are feeling is higher prices at the gas station or grocery store. The problem there is that the media has a little something to say about what facts in their lives people feel...
    Polish border guards thwarted two 'mass attempts' to cross the border overnight by rock-throwing migrants who tried to storm across a railway track from Belarus.  Video showed guards having laser pointed shone in their eyes and being pelted with stones by a group of around 50 migrants who tried to cross the border at Czeremcha overnight, 70 miles south of where the main camp is located. Dozens of smaller attempts were also made, with the Polish border service saying a total of 161 crossings were stopped with 34 migrants forcibly deported. The situation remained tense early Wednesday with thousands of migrants still camped close to the border at Kuznica - where violent clashes erupted Tuesday - even as others were march off to an unknown location.  It is thought they are being taken to temporary accommodation in warehouses nearby. Thousands more migrants were taken to similar shelters overnight.  Meanwhile Mariusz Blaszczak, the country's defence minister, warned the crisis is likely to continue for months and that Poland must remain vigilant. 'I hope it will not be years,' he added. Two large...
    MILLIONS of Brits have now come forward for their booster coronavirus vaccine. But many don't know if they are supposed to have just a booster, or a third jab and then the top up as a fourth dose. 1Over 12 million booster vaccines have been given out across the UK as the government tries to bolster immunity before winterCredit: LNP Charities such as Myeloma UK have warned patients could be missing out on vital vaccines because of the confusion between the jabs. Many patients have been left frustrated over the muddle - which has meant that for some, their vaccine status isn't showing in their NHS app. And others say their third dose of the vaccine has been confused with a booster shot. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged those eligible to come forward for their booster doses, with anyone over 40 who had their second dose six months ago able to book in. But some people have been left confused after been told they are supposed to have a third dose, and also a booster vaccine. So what is...
    We begin today’s roundup with Paul Waldman at The Washington Post and hist take on the indictment of Steve Bannon, who surrendered to authorities yesterday: There is simply no serious person anywhere who thinks Bannon has the legal right to thumb his nose at this subpoena, or that his claim of executive privilege is anything but preposterous. He was a private citizen at the time of the events in question; he left the White House over three years before. Furthermore, executive privilege belongs to the office of the presidency, which gives the current president the right to assert it; former presidents don’t get to use it to hide their misdeeds and those of their cronies as long as they live. [...] Yet Republicans seem unified in their defense of Bannon. As The Post reports, Republicans are “rallying around” him, “warning that Democrats’ efforts to force Bannon to comply with what they say is an unfair subpoena paves the way for them to do the same if they take back the House in 2022.” More from Bess Levin on the GOP and Bannon: ...
    BLENDING two families together doesn't always go smoothly. One woman is sharing the way that she and her partner have made it work for them. 3Shelley Lynn said her new family is both "blended and unblended"Credit: TikTok 3She lives with her two children in their own suite upstairsCredit: TikTok Shelley Lynn and her partner have five children between them—she has two and he has three. She recently shared a video in which she explained the living situation that they adopted for their now blended family. “We own a home that has two suites. We live separately together,” Shelley began. Her husband and his three children live in their own suite, equipped with a kitchen, dining room, and family room. Up the hall, Shelley and her two kids have their own suite—which also has its own kitchen and living space. While the two sets of children seem to get along well, this housing dynamic suits their needs best. Most read in LifestyleHOT WATER Meghan Markle 'to be SUED for defamation, libel & slander' over 'shocking' bookSLOW DOWN, MA'AM Queen urged...
    The Austrian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19 in the country. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg today confirmed that millions of citizens would be placed into lockdown from tomorrow amid a worrying trend in infections.     The move, which will affect about two million people in the country of 8.9million, prohibits unvaccinated individuals from leaving their homes except for basic activities such as working, grocery shopping - or getting vaccinated. It will not apply to children under the age of 12 because they cannot yet officially get vaccinated.  It comes after hundreds of Dutch protestors had a water cannon turned on them by police last night after they objected to the partial return of lockdown introduced by The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte. Earlier today hundreds of people descended upon the streets of Ballhausplatz in Vienna during an anti-vaccination rally.  Hundreds of protesters walk through a street in Vienna during an anti-vaccination demonstration A group of demonstrators hold a placard reading 'no to compulsory vaccination' during an anti-vaccination protest at the Ballhausplatz in Vienna Austrian Chancellor...
    THERE are two types of people in this world - those who are absolutely starving from the moment they wake up and others who prefer to wait a bit before having breakfast. And if you fall in the latter category, eating your first meal of the day at your desk is a valid option... or so we always thought. 1Do YOU think her boss is in the wrong?Credit: Alamy Sharing her dilemma on Mumsnet, one woman claimed she's been BANNED from using the office microwave for breakfast - and now it's got us questioning everything. She explained: "I work full time, 9-5, computer facing all day, work that requires a lot of concentration. I understand the important of taking regular breaks to get away from the screen but don't take the mickey with this. "I can't eat first thing in the morning so I have always eaten mid-morning, at my desk, sometimes something cold, sometimes something that needs a minute or two in the staff microwave." Describing how she's fairly new to the role, the woman said she normally...
    For immigrants who fled to the United States to escape the political turmoil they left behind in their native countries, the violence and unrest of 2020 was truly unsettling — including the violence that rocked Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020, when teenage vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse used an AR-15-style weapon to shoot three protesters (two of them fatally). Rittenhouse, now on trial for homicide and attempted homicide and insisting he acted in self-defense, has been exalted as a hero by extremists on the far right. And liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes, during a biting commentary on November 10, laid out some reasons why this far-right support for Rittenhouse is so disturbing. Hayes said of Rittenhouse, who was 17 in August 2020 and is now 18, "He heard warnings about the boogeymen of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and he took this illegally acquired assault weapon…. and he throws himself in the fray in Kenosha. And he kills two people." With an image of Fox News' Tucker Carlson, a Rittenhouse defender, appearing on the screen, Hayes added, "The boy who killed people...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BALDWIN (KDKA) – A home in Baldwin went up in flames in a smokey scene overnight. READ MORE: Catching It Early: Doctors Seeing Rise In Diabetes In Younger PopulationThe home was located along Curry Hollow Road and had its windows blown out and now only charred parts of the home remain. READ MORE: Arthur Hubish, Penn Township Stabbing Victim, Remembered As 'Kind Soul'At least two people were taken to the hospital as a result of the blaze. Their conditions are unknown. MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Weather: Warm Temperatures Sticking Around On WednesdayStay With KDKA.com For More Details
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 is rising throughout Southern California - with the highest increases in the Inland Empire, according to the latest state data.Eyewitness News analyzed the most recent data issued by the California Department of Public Health, focusing on 7-day average hospitalizations.As of Tuesday afternoon, the entire state is seeing about a 4% increase of COVID hospitalizations from its 7-day average two weeks before, but the concern lies in the Inland Empire.In Riverside County, on average, about 261 people have gotten hospitalized for the virus within a 7-day period, which is up 15% from two weeks ago.The county's most recent lowest 7-day average was just before Halloween on Oct. 29.San Bernardino County's 7-day average number of COVID hospitalizations is about 298, indicating a 10% increase from two weeks ago.Graph not displaying correctly? Click here to open in a new window.On Tuesday, the state was reporting 240 hospitalizations in Riverside County alone and 319 in San Bernardino. State data shows both counties have lower vaccination rates that other Southern California counties.Just about half...
    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc announced on Monday that its antibody cocktail can severely slash the risk of being infected with COVID-19 for up to eight months.  The combo therapy, REGEN-COV, was approved in November 2020 for emergency use to treat people with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 cases in the U.S. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded authorization in July 2021 so the drug can also be used as a preventive treatment. Late-stage trial data showed a single dose can lower the risk of contracting Covid by 81.6 percent between two and six-months after the cocktail is administered.  The FDA has previously stated that REGEN-COV is not a replacement for vaccination, but rather can be used in conjunction with people who develop a weak immune response to the shots. Regeneron say its antibody cocktail REGEN-COV (above) reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 81.6% two to eight months after it is administered During this period, seven people in the treatment group developed Covid compared to 38 in the placebo group. Pictured: View of Regeneron headquarters, October 2 'Today's new data demonstrate...
    Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston.Amy Harris/Invision/AP Officials confirmed that eight people, including a fourteen and sixteen year old, died and 25 others were hospitalized at the Astroworld music festival on Friday in Houston. Seven of the victims ranged from 14 to 27 years old, Mayor Sylvester Turner said during a Saturday afternoon press conference. One victim's age could not be determined. Of the 25 people that were transported to the hospital, five were under the age of 18. Thirteen people are still hospitalized, the mayor added. No one is reported missing. Crowds began to gather around 9 p.m. local time for a performance by rapper and festival founder Travis Scott. Concertgoers pushed toward the front of the stage prior to the start of the concert, leading to panic and some injuries. The mayhem escalated until 9:38 p.m. when a "mass casualty incident" was triggered, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said early Saturday. The cause of death was not yet known for the eight victims....
    Shop the Best Fitness Gifts for Your Favorite Workout Buddies Aaron Rodgers confirms he’s unvaccinated, has taken ivermectin in first comments after testing positive for COVID-19 Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © David Fisher/Shutterstock Isn’t this news wonderful? After nearly 10 years of development, the long-awaited film adaptation of Broadway’s Wicked is making headway as it finally landed its stars, director and potential start dates. The musical, a longtime Great White Way staple since its debut in 2004, has gone through plenty of discussions and changes regarding a potential film version after it was previously revealed in July 2012 that Universal was hoping to adapt it for the big screen. The show, based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, tells the interconnected story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch long before Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy Gale dropped in. In...
    Jurors at the Kenosha shooter's trial heard jolting audio today of the first four shots fired by Kyle Rittenhouse on the night of August 25, 2020  The gunshots, that rang out in Kenosha County Courthouse Wednesday morning, came in rapid succession and claimed the life of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first of Rittenhouse's three victims that night. Day three of the high-profile trial began with Koerri Elijah Washington back on the stand to complete testimony he began Tuesday afternoon. Washington filmed much of the events of that night and streamed them on Facebook Live. Pale and swallowing hard Rittenhouse looked on as jurors were played footage of the August night on which he shot two men dead and left another grievously wounded. Rittenhouse widened his eyes, blinked and shifted in his seat uncomfortably. His jaw worked nervously. At one point a court official leaned in, apparently quietly checking if he was okay. He nodded a small yes but looked for all the world like he might throw up as the footage was played on multiple large screens. One of them sat...
    Welcome to the Wednesday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Colin Kaepernick claiming white people want to see an “acceptable negro” on TV, Enes Kanter continues to attack the Chinese dictatorship, Georgia is number one in the first College Football Playoff rankings, Cincy’s path seems insanely narrow, all top four teams have ties to Nick Saban, Jim Harbaugh is blaming the refs for loss to Michigan State, Henry Ruggs allegedly kills someone while driving under the influence, the Braves win the World Series and high school in California apologizes for massive football win. Let’s dive in! TOPICS: Colin Kaepernick Claims White People Want To See An ‘Acceptable Negro’ On TV, Attacks Two Iconic Characters NBA Star Continues To Rip China With Powerful Comments. How Will The Dictatorship Respond? The First College Football Playoff Rankings Are Out. People Can’t Stop Talking About Who Is Number Two Will Cincinnati Make The College Football Playoff? All Signs Point To A Devastating Answer For Fans One College Football Playoff Stat Shows Nick Saban’s Insane Influence...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Opening statements began Tuesday morning in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Antioch teenager who shot three people, killing two, during last year’s protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. There’s no question Rittenhouse shot anyone during the unrest that broke out in August 2020 after a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back. However, jurors must decide whether Rittenhouse fired in self-defense, as his attorneys claim, or was acting as a a vigilante, as prosecutors argue. READ MORE: Heather Mack Expected To Arrive In the U.S. This Week After Being Released From An Indonesian Prison“Out of the hundreds of people that came to Kenosha during that week, the hundreds of people that were out on the streets that week, the evidence will show that the only person who killed anyone was the defendant, Kyle Rittenhouse,” Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger told the jury during his opening statement. “You are the people who will apply that standard of reasonableness to the defendant’s behavior and make a determination as to whether or not deadly...
                        With the passing away of Rep. Frank Pratt (R-Casa Grande) and the resignation of Rep. Bret Roberts (R-Maricopa), the Pinal County Supervisors have chosen two new legislators to replace them. The five-member board chose them at a meeting on October 27. Teresa Martinez will replace Roberts representing LD 11, which is located between Phoenix and Tucson. She described herself to The Arizona Sun Times as “A pro-life, pro-gun, back the blue, protect our border, love America, protect our elections through election integrity conservative.” She said, “I am not going to trample on your freedom, but I don’t want you to trample on mine or anyone else’s.” Martinez is a former political director of the Arizona Republican Party and the director of coalitions and Hispanic outreach for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-04-AZ). She worked as a congressional liaison for former Rep. Rick Renzi, who held the CD4 seat prior to Gosar, and was a voting rights ambassador for former Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan. She is a member-at-large for...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a time when people remember loved ones who have passed on. Dozens of Día de los Muertos celebrations have been taking place across Los Angeles, including at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which over the weekend featured over 100 elaborate altars created by community members in remembrance of their ancestors and loved ones. FILE — People attend Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s 19th annual Dia De Los Muertos celebration on Oct. 27, 2018. (Getty Images) Día de los Muertos was originally observed for two months by Native Mexicans and Aztecs. But the Catholic church eventually chose two days, Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, to celebrate it: the first as All Souls Day, and the second as All Saints Day. Altars welcome people back from the afterlife for one night, and if you’ve seen the film “Coco,” you know the main theme is that people we have lost, want to be remembered. Bertha Rodriguez, COO of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, spoke to CBS2 News This Morning’s Suzanne Marques...
    A California woman has revealed how she developed a strong New Zealand accent after a car accident left her in a coma for two weeks - despite having never even been there. Summer Diaz, 24, from Los Angeles, was hit by an SUV while crossing the street on November 25 last year, which caused her to develop foreign accent syndrome, a rare condition in which damage to the brain makes someone speak differently. 'I don't remember anything about that day. I came home from my job working with children who have autism. I didn't have a parking space at my apartment, so I had parked elsewhere and was walking across the street,' she told Jam Press.  Side effect: Summer Diaz, 24, developed foreign accent syndrome (FAS) after a car accident left her in a coma for two weeks last November  Trauma: Summer was crossing the street when she was hit by an SUV and rushed to the nearest hospital with a broken pelvis, a broken shoulder, and a brain injury 'I don't know what happened, but, apparently, I was halfway across...
    Riot's Whinstone mine in Rockdale, Texas.Riot's Whinstone Data Center ROCKDALE, Texas – In this rural Texas town of 5,600 people, two of the biggest names in bitcoin mining are battling it out for market share and cheap electricity. These rivals also happen to be next-door neighbors. Bitdeer – a firm spun off from Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain – is four-tenths of a mile down the road from Riot Blockchain, one of the biggest publicly traded mining companies in America. Both are tenants of property once occupied by aluminum maker Alcoa, but they share little else in common. Riot's Whinstone mine is run by a team that thrives on transparency and throws open its doors to media on a daily basis, while Bitdeer is aloof, steeped in mystery, and definitely not keen on visitors.  "In this industry, everyone's like, 'Ooh, top secret, we have proprietary information!' Well, actually, you don't," Whinstone CEO Chad Harris told CNBC. "You take a cable, you plug it into a machine that somebody else built, you turn it on, you add a pool, and you...
    Rob Kim/Getty Images Abby Huntsman has revealed why she left The View after just two years, pinning her exit on the daytime talk show’s “unbearable culture.” In her new podcast I Wish Somebody Told Me, which she hosts with friend and producer Lauren Leeds, Huntsman blamed her decision to leave The View on the series’ workplace environment. “I knew [The View] did not reflect my values, when I say that I mean rewarding people for bad behavior,” she said, later adding, “It was just an unbearable culture by the end.” “I’m never going to be someone that writes a tell-all book, that’s just not me, and I’m not going to put names on things,” Huntsman continued. “But at that time, there were executives in charge that I did feel like we were sort of players in their game. And it was about money and it was about ratings and the tabloids. And in order to keep that show hot, you had to just let it all continue on.” Hunstman alleged that executives told her to deny on camera that there were any workplace issues, which...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The zipper merge is supposed to be simple. Use both lanes and then merge just before two become one, coming together like the teeth of a zipper. That’s when the Minnesota Department of Transportation sign tells you to, on purpose. So why does this concept seen so difficult for most Minnesotans? When WCCO reached out to folks on Facebook about this topic, we got comments like “people don’t understand it,” “sounds good in theory” — and more than a few “drivers are stupid.” MnDOT’s Jake Loesch assures his fellow Minnesotans that they’re “not stupid.” “We totally understand that the whole concept of the zipper merge kind of goes against human nature,” Loesch said. He’s a passionate supporter of the technique, like MnDOT colleagues. (credit: WSDOT) “It feels like the wrong thing to do because it can feel like you’re budging, or you’re cutting in line,” Loesch said. “So we try to remind people that it’s not, it’s the right thing to do, it will actually get you all moving faster.” By 40% to 50% faster, according to...
    Los Angeles International Airport came to a standstill after a person yelled that someone had a gun, causing 300 people to flee Terminal One onto the tarmac.   LAX was forced to ground all departing and arriving flights Thursday night after a report of a person with a firearm in the airport's Terminal One sent 300 people fleeing to the airports tarmac, from where flights park and depart after landing and taking off.  Two people sustained minor injuries during the stampede.   Airport police responded to the scene and detained two people over the false, LAX airport said in a statement, but their identifies have not been shared.  One man said to have been behind the scare was snapped handcuffed and sat on a sidewalk afterwards. He hasn't been named, and it is not yet clear what charges he may face.   Scroll Down For Video:  ABC News captured who they said was the suspect in the incident handcuffed on the curb outside the terminal looking distraught Paramedics were on the scene to help two people who sustained minor to moderate injuries during...
    The West faces descending into a two-tiered society of the “jabbed” and “jabbed-nots” in which the unvaccinated will become “modern-day social lepers”, Brexit leader Nigel Farage has warned. In a video published on his personal YouTube channel, Mr Farage pointed to comments made by New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who openly and gleefully admitted this week that she is in favour of creating a two-tiered society in which vaccinated people are afforded more rights. Other figures on the left, such as former MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky, have seconded such a call, saying that unvaccinated people should be “isolated” from society. Chomsky went so far as to dismiss concerns over how the unvaccinated would eat, saying that it’s “their problem”. The Brexit leader also pointed to Austria, where the recently installed Chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, has laid out a winter lockdown plan in which vaccinated people would not face stay-at-home orders and other restrictions but the unvaccinated would. While the British government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has shied away from introducing measures such as vaccine passports, the devolved governments...
    The Democratic Governor of New York has been criticized after removing posing maskless for a photo with stars from a Broadway production. Kathy Hochul shared a photograph on Twitter on Monday in which she can be seen beaming alongside multiple cast members from the show Six.  She captioned the photo: 'Have you heard? #BroadwayisBack! Bill and I had the absolute joy of seeing @SixBroadway Friday night - what's on your Broadway bucket list?' However, with a mask mandate currently in force across New York for public indoors settings, people were quick to criticize the Governor for the picture. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has been criticized on social media after sharing a maskless photo of herself meeting with cast members from the Broadway production Six Governor Hochul's controversial photo comes after she expanded the scope of her state-wide mask mandate to include children as young as two-years-old (stock image) Author Jacob Airey responded and said: 'Where's the social distancing or masking, Kathy?' While another said: 'You can't ask people to use mask in public and not follow your own advice....
    In speeches at Stanford University in the mid-1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. coined the term “Two Americas.” He described the then starkly different lives and opportunities of social classes in America. Like many cool things, that term was stolen from an African American and co-opted by white liberal Democrats. It was used as divisive political rhetoric. But the gaslighting of middle America by opportunist politicians has caused the meaning of the term to change. It no longer means Republican America bad, Democrat America good. Democrats have become a party that pushes victimization, providing perpetual excuses and anger in those who do not want to work for the American Dream. Entitlement, exemplified by people who are slow to go back to work after the government sent out all that “sit at home money,” is now justified. As small business owners cannot staff their businesses and find themselves dependent on a flawed supply chain, America sinks deeper into socialism. Oddly, socialist policies cause those very maladies that Democrats blame on capitalism. Today’s Democrats are right. There are “Two Americas”: one that...
    Democrats and media are working overtime to convince the American people that former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 rally and the attack on Capitol Hill are the same. Both events were largely driven by the misguided belief that President Joe Biden stole the 2020 presidential election – hence the moniker “Stop the Steal.” But outside of Democrat and media attempts to suggest otherwise, the two events do not appear to have been planned with any coordination or collaboration. (RELATED: ‘Existential Crisis’: President Biden Marks 6 Months Since January 6 Capitol Riots) And the attempts are … many. Rolling Stone released an exclusive report detailing Jan. 6 protest planning meetings that allegedly included sitting members of Congress. It did little to clear up the fact that those planning meetings pertained to the rally — coordinating logistics and speakers for an organized event supporting Trump — and made no mention of attempts to breach the Capitol, overwhelm law enforcement or overthrow the government. EXCLUSIVE: Jan. 6 Protest Organizers Say They Participated in “Dozens” of Planning Meetings With Members of Congress and White...
    People in Austria who have not been vaccinated for the Chinese coronavirus could face lockdown restrictions if hospitals are overrun, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg said. The Austrian federal government will look to introduce a two-tiered lockdown system, in which only those who have taken the vaccine will escape restrictions. Warning of a potential winter wave of the Wuhan virus, the recently installed Austrian chancellor, Alexander Schallenberg, said per DW: “The pandemic is not yet in the rearview mirror.” “We are about to stumble into a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” Mr Schallenberg added. Schallenberg, who took over earlier this month as leader following Sebastian Kurtz’s resignation amid a corruption probe, said that there are too many “hesitators and procrastinators” in Austria and that he hopes the draconian measures will increase vaccine uptake. Under a five-stage plan, the government said that if the number of people with coronavirus in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds reaches 20 per cent occupancy (400 beds) then antigen tests will become invalid, meaning only those who have been vaccinated, recovered, or have an up to date PCR test will...
    Those who received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines are eligible for a booster six months after their initial series if they are 65 or older, or at least 18 and have an underlying condition, reside in long-term care, or reside or work in a high risk setting. A booster is recommended for people 18 and above who were vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago or longer.. "There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose," according to the CDC. "Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC's recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots." The CDC reports that 67% of the U.S. population ages 12 and up has been fully vaccinated. "For surveillance purposes, COVID Data Tracker counts people as being 'fully vaccinated' if they received two doses on different days (regardless of time interval)...
    The team behind the QI quiz show has been at it again, compiling a book of intriguing facts and incredible answers to some of life’s most head-scratching questions... The Abba museum in Stockholm has a piano that is linked to band member Benny Andersson’s home. Whenever he sits down to practise, it plays what he’s playing. You have to use an artificial Christmas tree for 20 years before it becomes more environmentally friendly than a locally sourced real one. The oldest-known artificial tree still in use was bought in 1886. Ants can count — in fact, they find their way home by counting their steps to a food source and back again. Scientists attached tiny stilts (made out of pig hair bristles) to a group of ants’ legs after they’d set off in search of food. They found the ants with extended legs overshot their nests on the return journey, revealing they have an internal pedometer to help them get around. When in London, Queen Louise of Sweden (who was also the Duke of Edinburgh’s aunt) always carried a card...
    SAN JOSE — Two people died in two separate traffic accidents over the weekend in San Jose, according to California Highway Patrol. A collision was reported at about 10:41 p.m. Sunday on Highway 237 and Great America Parkway, CHP Officer Ross Lee said. CPR was being performed on one person by an off-duty paramedic when officers arrived and paramedics tried to continue CPR at the scene but the person was pronounced dead at 10:59 p.m. An investigation revealed that two separate crashes occurred and that a male pedestrian was standing on the right shoulder of 237 when a Honda Accord veered off-road and collided with a Honda Fit, which then struck the man standing outside the car. The Honda Accord stopped in lanes two and three after the collision before getting struck by another car, Lee said. The driver of the Honda Accord was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. Another collision was reported at 2:47 a.m. Saturday on Highway 101 near Tully Road, according to Lee. A yellow Mitsubishi was traveling on northbound 101 when it rear ended...
    (CNN)Ou Jinzhong has been on the run for more than a week.Accused of killing two neighbors and injuring three others, the 55-year-old villager in China's southern Fujian province is wanted by police. The local government has also offered cash rewards for clues to his whereabouts -- or proof of his death. The manhunt has gripped millions of Chinese people -- but not because they want to see him arrested. On the contrary, many are openly hoping he is never caught."Uncle, run away. Hope you can still find happiness for the remainder of your life," said a top comment on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform.The outpouring of sympathy and support is highly unusual for an alleged killer in China, where murder is punishable by death. Read MoreAccording to police, Ou is the prime suspect for an attack allegedly committed on October 10. Local police and the Pinghai county government did not offer details about the weapon allegedly used or reveal the identities of the dead and injured.The victims included four generations of one family living next door to Ou, according to Chinese...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff STOWE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Two people were shot and one was taken to the hospital in Stowe Township on Saturday night. READ MORE: 18 Inmates Of Washington County Jail Quarantined Following Positive COVID-19 TestsAccording to dispatch, just before 10:30 p.m., police were called to a shooting in the 1600 block of Pine Hollow. READ MORE: Two Firefighters Injured While Battling Duplex Fire In LawrencevilleTwo people had been shot and one of them was transported to a local hospital. Their conditions are unknown. MORE NEWS: 'We Got Banged Bad:' Freedom Hit Hard During Saturday Morning's StormsStay With KDKA.com For More Details