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    CASES of the Omicron Covid variant have today leapt up 53 per cent with a further 86 infections reported in the UK - bringing the total to 246. It comes after an expert warned travel measures hurriedly put in place to combat the spread of the "super strain" are already too late to stop a wave of cases. 1A further 86 Omicron cases have been reported in the UKCredit: Dan Charity The UK Health Security Agency has now confirmed even more cases of the mutant variant have been recorded today. An additional 86 cases of the Omicron strain have been reported in the UK - with 68 of those in England. That's a 53 per cent rise in just a DAY as the total has risen from 160 to 246 in the last 24 hours. Earlier today, government adviser Professor Mark Woolhouse said it is "too late" to make a "material difference" in stopping a break out of cases. UKHSA has already warned the mutant variant is “transmitting rapidly and successfully" after first being identified here a week ago. The surge in...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The family of a 40-year-old mother who was shot and killed in North Philadelphia Wednesday is calling for the shooter to turn himself in. Loved ones of Tyra Gould say the mother of six was taken from her family too soon. READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say Tyra Gould “Here’s six kids that have to bury their mother now and we don’t have no answers why and we need to get answers and answers today,” said Troy Baylor, a friend of Gould. Philadelphia police say officers initially rushed to 24th and Diamond Streets in North Philadelphia around 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon for a report of an assault. Then, around the same time, police say they learned a woman was rushed to Temple University Hospital by a private vehicle after she was shot eight times, supposedly at the assault scene. But responding officers couldn’t find any evidence of a shooting there. Now, Baylor believes Gould was actually shot at another location while inside a car with two other people, including...
    On this day, a year ago, we lacked the one thing we needed most of all in our fight against COVID: an approved vaccine to deploy to the people of the UK. Tomorrow, a year ago, that all changed. On 2nd December 2020 our regulator, the MHRA, became the first in the world to approve the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; a few weeks later the AstraZeneca vaccine was licensed. 1Prof Jonathan Van-Tam at a Downing Street briefing on boosters on MondayCredit: AFP A vast amount of work had led up to that point, and a vast amount of work has followed to get those vital jabs into arms. That was a real turning point in the battle with the pandemic. On 8th December, just 6 days after approval, Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive a deployed dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Over 115 million vaccinations later, we can see the powerful impact the UK deployed vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer and AstraZeneca) have had in saving lives, reducing serious illness, and taking pressure of the NHS. The huge delivery of...
    Hailey Bieber, Pharrell Williams and Marc Jacobs honored the late fashion designer Virgil Abloh who died on Sunday morning after privately battling an 'aggressive form of cancer' at the age of 41.   Abloh's death was announced on Instagram Sunday with a lengthy caption revealing he battled cardiac angiosarcoma for two years.  'We are devastated to announce the passing of our beloved Virgil Abloh, a fiercely devoted father, husband, son, brother, and friend,' the caption said. 'He is survived by his loving wife Shannon Abloh, his children Lowe Abloh and Grey Abloh, his sister Edwina Abloh, his parents Nee and Eunice Abloh, and numerous dear friends and colleagues.' Hailey Bieber, who was honored to have Virgil create her stunning wedding dress when she married husband Justin Bieber three years ago, shared a touching tribute to Abloh on Instagram.  Honored: Hailey Bieber, who was honored to have Virgil create her stunning wedding dress when she married husband Justin Bieber three years ago, shared a touching tribute to Abloh on Instagram 'Virgil completely changed the way I looked at street style and fashion,...
    A CULT buster has described how "narcissistic" leaders recruit their followers and described what loved ones can do to save relatives they are worried about. Rick Ross told The Sun those in charge of the groups often exhibit similar characteristics and prey on vulnerable people "who are going through a bad time." XX Ross has more than 35 years experience in helping victims to escape cults after witnessing an attempted infiltration of his grandmother's nursing home in 1982. He said cults prey on the vulnerable. And they are often led by people Ross describes as " deeply narcissistic and ego driven." He added: "They have no conscious about what they do or who they hurt. They do not have empathy about someone feeling pain.  "They are driven by their needs and desires and part of that is to be the center of attention and adored. Ross told The Sun those vulnerable to joining a sects are "going through a bad time". Most read in The US Sun'STAY WARM!' Travis Barker's baby mama Shanna Moakler poses in tiny bikini...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Chanukah starts at sundown this Sunday. This year, the holiday falls right after Thanksgiving, which means Jewish Americans will go from turkey to Black Friday and back again to having family around the table on Sunday. READ MORE: NYPD Going All Out, Especially Behind The Scenes, To Keep Spectators Safe At Macy's Thanksgiving Day ParadeAs Broadway reopened, soon after so did the Actors’ Temple on West 47th Street. The sanctuary has been home to off-Broadway shows for months, but it just welcomed back congregants in person in November in time for Chanukah. “It commemorates a time when the Seleucid Greeks, before the turn of the millennium, were outlawing Judaism,” Rabbi Jill Hausman said. The Holy Temple in Jerusalem was retaken by the Maccabees from the Greeks in the second century BCE. Oil kept the menorah lit eight days instead of the one night it was supposed to last. The oil is why fried foods are eaten to celebrate that miracle. “Chanukah is always our big celebration. We have an open mic. Usually more than 20 people...
    Vast majority are not reported: Home COVID tests make it impossible to track all cases Bill Gates nuclear-power firm will help build a $170 million experimental nuclear reactor in Idaho Have Excellent Credit? These Cards Are for You Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Experts Urge Americans to Refi Before 2022 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/23 SLIDES © Netflix Treat Your Loved Ones Like Royalty With These Gifts For Fans of The Crown BUY NOW $22 Netflix's The Crown is stunning on every count. From the visuals to the acting, this series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II has stolen the hearts of royal watchers everywhere. If you know someone who has watched the first four seasons...
    HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – A week after 16-year-old Christopher Walls crashed after being chased by police, family and friends laid flowers and candles for their loved one. “We wanted to show him that we care for him. He was a good person. He was never bad,” said Destiny Werby, a friend. READ MORE: Sunday Morning Science Lab November Winner Cooper Ruzycki's Hydroponics Project Is Food For ThoughtAccording to Miami-Dade police, Walls reportedly carjacked a driver in Broward County and led officers on a chase that went into Miami-Dade. Walls then lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a fence on Northwest 27th avenue and 62nd street. According to police, the 16-year-old was then taken into custody by Hollywood police, but became unconscious a short time later. He was then pronounced dead at Hialeah Hospital. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Expect Quick-Moving Showers This Sunday“He could have still been here. It doesn’t matter they didn’t have to do that extra stuff to him at all. It’s sad how they did him,” said Destiny. However, Walls’ friends and family told CBS4 news the...
    As he prepares to stand on stage at Meridian Hall in Toronto on Monday night to deliver his Hockey Hall of Fame induction speech, Doug Wilson will no doubt have spent time thinking about his journey and everyone who has influenced his life and career. Wilson will have thought about the people who helped shape him as a person and player – his father, Douglas, his older brother, Murray, his junior hockey coach Brian Kilrea, and his earliest Chicago Blackhawks teammates like Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito, and Keith Magnuson. “There are some guys that are very close and near and dear to me that unfortunately aren’t with us and may not be here physically, but in spirit,” Wilson said of his dad, and Mikita, Esposito, and Magnuson. But Wilson will also have reflected on how his family — his four children and numerous grandchildren, and especially his wife Kathy – impacted his life on and off the ice. “There is no chance my dad’s career could have happened the way it did without my mom,” said...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A San Francisco public school educator was hit and killed on Wednesday morning. Now his family, the school community, and neighbors are fighting to ensure a wreck like this never happens near their school again.Born and raised in San Francisco, Andrew Zieman went back to his childhood alma mater - Sherman Elementary - to teach. But on Wednesday morning, right as school was about to begin, the 30-year-old paraeducator, was hit by a car on the sidewalk across from school. Police say he died at the scene."He was one of the nicest teachers I knew," said first grader Logan Klein.PREVIOUS ARTICLE: Beloved SF educator hit and killed outside school; community says street is unsafeLogan said Zieman was one of his after school teachers."He always helped me when I got frustrated."School was out for Veterans Day, but Logan wanted to stop by and pay his respects. His mom, Jessica Klein, witnessed the crash minutes after she dropped Logan off at school Wednesday."It was really shocking to see him lying there," said Jessica through tears.VIDEO: Crossing guard dies...
    The ice dancing community is mourning the unexpected death of a national junior ice dancer killed in a double shooting in Philadelphia over the weekend. "How could a young man with so much potential, such a bright future, willing to work so hard..... be gone," was one of many statements made by loved ones in memory of 18-year-old Joshua Anthony Soto. Soto and another 18-year-old were shot Saturday night in the 1800 block of East Cornwall Street, CBS3 reports citing Philadelphia police. Soto was pronounced dead at the scene, while the second victim, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, the news outlet says. Police have made an arrest in the case but the investigation is still ongoing, authorities told the news outlet. Meanwhile, nearly $33,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe page in Soto's name as of Thursday morning. Soto was known in the skating community as a rising star, having competed as a finalist in the 2019 Intermediate U.S. Figure Skating competition and most recently in the 2022 Junior Ice Dance...
    DEPTFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — Deptford police are trying to help a family desperate to find the driver who hit a father of three crossing the road and never stopped. The victim, 33-year-old Ryan Harley, remains on life support at Cooper University Hospital days after the hit-and-run. The victim’s family tells Eyewitness News that Ryan Harley was actually on the phone with his mom when he was hit. They say she heard a horn blare, her son scream, “wait, wait,” and then a crash followed by silence on the line. Now, they’re hoping someone may see this and say something. READ MORE: FBI Joins Search For Missing 10-Year-Old Philadelphia Girl Qadr Williams“She was like, ‘I heard it, I heard him hit my son,'” Brianna Garland, Harley’s girlfriend, said. That was the call that changed everything for Garland, who met Harley when she was just 14. The pair have been together ever since and have three children. “I’m just trying to hold myself together for them, but I’m really, I’m really broken,” she said. Last Saturday around 6:30 p.m., the couple...
    A Massachusetts family whose loved one’s casket fell open as it was being lowered into a grave, causing the body to fall out, has sued the funeral home and the cemetery. The family of Andrew Serrano, a resident of Lawrence who died in March 2019, allege negligence and reckless infliction of emotional distress in the suit filed last Wednesday in Essex Superior Court, The Eagle-Tribune reported. During the funeral handled by the Perez Funeral Home at city-owned Bellevue Cemetery in Lawrence on April 5, 2019, “one of the side straps on the city-owned casket lowering device broke, causing Mr. Serrano’s casket to fall into the grave and break apart,” according to the suit. The “corpse fell out of the casket” in full view of “horrified family members who became visibly distraught and hysterical,” the suit said. The suit seeks $50,000 in damages. Messages seeking comment were left Tuesday with the funeral home and the city. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    AP.- At least 92 people died and dozens more suffered serious injuries Tanker truck explosion At a gas station near the capital Sierra Leone, Officials and witnesses said Saturday that a large crowd had gathered to collect the leaked fuel. The blast occurred when a bus collided with a truck on Friday night Wellington, A suburb east of Freetown. Read more: Explosion report in northeast China; At least one person was killed and 33 were injured As of Saturday morning, 92 bodies had been found, according to the Connaught Hospital morgue. Fode Musa, an employee of the hospital’s intensive care unit, said there were about 30 people Severe burns They may not survive. Deep unrest over the tragic fire and horrific casualties surrounding the Wellington BMP area. My deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones and those who were disabled as a result. My government will do all it can to help the families of the victims. pic.twitter.com/xJRA1UtCJJ – President Julius Mata Bio (resPresidentBio) November 6, 2021 The clothes of those injured in the ensuing fire were burnt...
    MR Olympia champion Shawn Rhoden has died at the age of 46, it was reported today. The pro bodybuilder is said to have died of a heart attack. 1Shawn Rhoden has reportedly died at the age of 46 Sources close to Generation Iron have reported that Shawn Rhoden suffered a fatal heart attack. Rhoden’s trainer, Chris Aceto, has also confirmed to close friends that the bodybuilder had passed away. Posts on social media from fellow athletes, experts, and fans have begun to pour out Saturday morning for the late pro bodybuilder. Most read in NewsDEATH RIDDLE Brian Laundrie 'had an American-flag covered gun in his bedroom,' pics revealLatestFESTIVAL HORROR 8 dead after crowd surges towards stage at Travis Scott's sold-out showSPORTS BECOME POLITICAL The meaning behind the let's go Brandon meme explainedTRAGIC CRASH Popular Brazilian singer Marilia Mendonca dies in plane crash aged 26Exclusive'ABSOLUTE ANGEL' 'Murdered' teacher's ex says 'we were blessed to have her in our lives' as students charged over killingLASER QUEST US developing most powerful laser yet to blast missiles after China’s nuke test
    For Erin Tridle and her boyfriend, it was love at first sight. They met while the American was traveling in France in the summer of 2019. They said, “I love you,” on day two. “People tell us it’s like something from a movie,” she said. When Tridle returned home to Los Angeles, they began a long-distance relationship, spending time together when they could. Then the pandemic hit, separating them indefinitely as countries locked down travel. “The uncertainty of not knowing when we would be together again was one of the hardest things I’ve even been through,” Tridle said. Travel restrictions that have upended lives will relax Monday, when new rules go into effect allowing air travel from previously restricted countries as long as the traveler has proof of vaccination and a negative COVID-19 test. Land travel will require proof of vaccination but no test. Eirini Linardaki was already in Paris on Friday, making her way from her home in Crete to her partner of seven years in New York City on a series of four flights. The...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A father of seven is shot and killed in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. As if that’s not shocking and sad enough, it’s how the family learned of this tragedy. CBS 2’s Jackie Kostak reports a dog played a role in letting loved ones know something was terribly wrong. READ MORE: 'We Will Be Better Than That': Sean Desai Talks Bears Defense Ahead Of The Steelers Game MondayCBS 2 spoke to the widow of Ronald Pitts who said he was out walking the family dog around 5:00 on Wednesday when he was shot and killed. She said that a nearby lot is used by a lot of neighbors as a kind of dog park. She said she knew something was wrong when the dog showed up at the door without Ronald. “They gunned him down in broad daylight while he was walking his dog. That was it.” Taylor Pitts is still in shock over the death of her husband of five years, Ronald Pitts. Pitts was walking on the sidewalk around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday when police say a...
    AGE-related changes can happen to all of us but it's important to know when these are a little more serious. Dementia affects one in six people over the age of 80 in the UK, with 850,000 Brits believed to be suffering with the condition. 1While memory loss is one of the most common signs of dementia - there are other subtle signs that shouldn't be ignoredCredit: Getty Memory-loss and confusion are key signs of dementia but can sometimes be confused with general ageing. There are many different types of dementia and it can’t be guaranteed that you can prevent the most common type, Alzheimer’s. But a healthy lifestyle helps, the NHS says.  Experts say there are more subtle signs that need to be addressed when it comes to Dementia. Here are the four less-common signs you should be looking out for. 1. Eye conditions and hearing loss Most read in WellbeingCRUEL TWIST My mum thought it was menopause but died weeks later - 4 signs to never ignoreHEALTH CHECK The 4 cancer symptoms a third of people are IGNORING - are...
    THE BEDSIT Killer may have raped thousands more corpses as devastated families today question if their loved ones were violated by the necrophiliac. Distraught families of women who died across the South East are wondering if he sexually assaulted their bodies during his 12-year monstrous spree. 9This is the moment necrophiliac killer David Fuller was quizzed by police following his arrest for the murders of Wendy Knell and Caroline PierceCredit: PA 9Cops searching Fuller's home then discovered millions of sexual abuse images and videos on four hard drives - including film of himself violating corpses in a mortuaryCredit: Kent Police 9It's feared there may be thousands more victimsCredit: Chris Eades 9Fuller yesterday admitted the murder of Wendy Knell, 25Credit: PA 9He also admitted murdering 20-year-old Caroline PierceCredit: PA Fuller, 67, is known to have abused the corpses of at least 99 females aged between nine and 100 while working at NHS hospitals. Thousands more victims are likely - but have not yet been identified. The sicko was able to go undetected with an "all access hospital pass" despite having a...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A restoration effort is underway at one of Philadelphia’s oldest Jewish cemeteries. The project at Har Nebo Cemetery in Oxford Circle is underway with a focus on preservation. “Sometimes, I don’t like rattling chains in cemeteries,” Joe Ferrannini, a modern-day preservationist with Grave Stone Matters, told CBS3. READ MORE: Pfizer Says Its Experimental Pill Reduces Risk Of Hospitalization, Death From COVID-19He has spent more than a decade repairing historic graveyards and memorials like Har Nebo, Philadelphia’s oldest privately-owned Jewish cemetery. “You can hear the air come out as it creates a good seal, and I just wiggle it until it touches down,” Ferrannini explained to CBS3’s Wakisha Bailey. Inside the tightly-packed fence lies more than 35,000 gravestones, most with Hebrew inscriptions. “The families may have spent a lot of money to preserve that memory, then over a couple of generations it gets forgotten,” he said. The family of Oscar Loeb, however, won’t forget – or let their loved one’s headstone fall into disarray. READ MORE: 2 Women Shot, Killed Inside Apparent Speakeasy In North Philadelphia,...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A father killed in cold blood is being hailed a hero for saving his daughters’ lives. Forty-two-year-old Raymond Lighty was sitting in his minivan with two of his daughters when a gunman opened fire. His loved ones say Lighty died protecting his children. READ MORE: Councilmember Mark Squilla Proposes Dynamic Priced Parking As Solution To Philadelphia's Parking Problems“They cherished their dad. They loved their dad. I mean, they is really hurt and heartbroken about that,” the children’s mother said. It’s a crime with no compassion. A father of five was gunned down outside his children’s home, with his 16 and 13-year-old daughters in the car’s passenger and backseats. “My three daughters ran in the house like ‘Mom, mom, they shot my dad, they shot my dad,'” the mother said. A gunman fired the 14 shots on South 4th Street just before 6 p.m. Monday. A woman who asked not to be identified described the victim, 42-year-old Raymond Lighty, as a good dad who told his daughters to duck when they heard the shots. “He saved their life...
    New Jersey State Police are seeking the public's help with an investigation into a Garden State Parkway crash that killed a Garfield man early Monday morning. Damian Dymka, 29, was walking on the shoulder of the northbound side when he was struck by a Honda Accord shortly before 3 a.m. near milepost 151 in Bloomfield, New Jersey State Police said. The driver of the Honda, a 25-year-old resident of Bloomfield, was not injured. On Wednesday, loved ones set up a GoFundMe page for Dymka's funeral, remembering him as a kind soul who worked as a nurse before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Damian was always patient and sacrificed much to help save many," organizer Miranda Stone wrote. Dymka's loved ones also shared memorial posts on social media. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the events leading to or following the crash is asked to contact Troop D Bloomfield Station at 732-441-4500 ext. 3400. Anonymous tips are welcome.
    New Jersey State Police are seeking the public's help with an investigation into a Garden State Parkway crash that killed a Garfield man early Monday morning. Damian Dymka, 29, was walking in the shoulder of the northbound side when he was struck by a Honda Accord shortly before 3 a.m. near milepost 151 in Bloomfield, New Jersey State Police said. The driver of the Honda, a 25-year-old resident of Bloomfield, was not injured. On Wednesday, loved ones set up a GoFundMe page for Dymka's funeral, remembering him as a kind soul who worked as a nurse before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Damian was always patient and sacrificed much to help save many," organizer Miranda Stone wrote. Dymka's loved ones also shared memorial posts on social media. Anyone who may have witnessed the crash or the events leading to or following the crash is asked to contact Troop D Bloomfield Station at 732-441-4500 ext. 3400. Anonymous tips are welcome.
    Los Angeles County agreed on Tuesday to pay $2.5 million to two families who lost relatives in last year's helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other people.  The Board of Supervisors approved the settlement of two federal lawsuits filed by the Altobelli and Mauser families alleging they suffered emotional distress over graphic photographs of the scene that reportedly were taken or shared by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and firefighters. The settlement, if approved by a judge, will pay $1.25 million to Matthew Mauser, whose wife was killed. Another $1.25 million will be shared by J.J. Altobelli and Alexis Altobelli, siblings who lost their mother, father and 14-year-old sister.  A similar lawsuit by Bryant's widow continues, however. Bryant, 41, and Gianna Bryant, 13, were among the nine people who were killed when their private helicopter, a Sikorsky S-76, crashed in the hills of Calabasas, just outside of Los Angeles, after taking off from Orange County on January 26, 2020. Bryant and the others were on their way to a girls basketball tournament. The helicopter crashed in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- It took three weeks for Isabel Hernandez to build a 15-foot-tall altar, or ofrenda, in her yard in Pilsen for Día de los Muertos. It's made with about 150 milk crates."I wanted to give back to the community and I thought this is the best thing I can do," Hernandez saidHernandez started on the altar in September. She used a ladder to reach the top."People couldn't understand how come I was putting a lot of work, a lot of effort and money," Hernandez said. "But I thought this is making me happy because I was sharing something to the community."Day of the Dead is meant to remember lost loved ones. It's celebrated on November 1 and 2."There's always been a misconception that they think we are celebrating death, what actually we are celebrating life," Hernandez said.She said she put out a request on social media for anyone who wanted to include their deceased loved ones on the altar. She received about 250 photos."People we have lost is part of our history. It's part of who we are,...
    An ‘ofrenda’ display, fully decorated with marigolds, painted skulls, flickering candles and photographs was part of the 2018 Día de los Muertos Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian in downtown D.C. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution/Jeremy Norwood A larger ‘ofrenda,’ fully decorated with marigolds, painted skulls, flickering candles and photographs was part of the 2018 Día de los Muertos Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian in downtown D.C. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution/Jeremy Norwood Small Marigold flowers, skulled mariachi figures and other small decorative pieces were on display as part of an ofrenda during the 2018 Día de los Muertos Festival at the National Museum of the American Indian in downtown D.C. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution/Jeremy Norwood Ofrendas feature many items, including the photos of the person the alter-like structure is honoring. Also included are flowers, bouquets and the person’s favorite foods before their death. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution Día de los Muertos originated in Mexico, but has grown to be celebrated all over Latin America and the United States. Courtesy Smithsonian Institution A...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Right on the heels of Halloween is the Day of the Dead.Like many events, celebrations for it have been canceled over the last year because of the pandemic, but this year, at least one celebration is back and people are loving it.It's a sense of culture that people really missed during the pandemic. But now a proper celebration returns to Unity Junior High in Cicero, where families are coming to see art made by students, which is just a part of what makes the Day of the Dead so special."It's a sense of normalcy, right? Like, look at all these people here with us. I mean, it's awesome," said Dr. Aldo Calderin, District 99 superintendent.That sense of normalcy was brought back by a long-time tradition in Mexican culture, a tradition this community chose to celebrate virtually last year because of the pandemic.RELATED: How to build an 'ofrenda' altar to honor loved ones for Dia de los Muertos"I enjoy it so much. You know, it's fun to get with the family. The little kids they love it," said...
    FORT WORTH, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) — Saturday marked the 18th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration in Fort Worth. And this year, the city kicked things off with a parade. Valeria Garcia lost her grandmother last year. Now she’s choosing to celebrate her life. READ MORE: Dallas Zoo Giraffe 'Jesse' Passes Away, Marking Zoo's 3rd Giraffe Death This Month“We’ll be able to remember her,” Garcia said. Garcia is just one of many that participated in the parade. She brought a photo of her grandmother on the float as well as an offering. The holiday began in Mexico nearly 3,000 years ago. Those who celebrate believe that on midnight of Oct. 31, the souls of their loved ones come back to visit. READ MORE: Lawsuit: City Of San Marcos Refused Escort To Protect Biden Campaign Bus“It’s about values, it’s about family and tradition,” Francisco de la Torre said. “We celebrate life through the Day of the Dead.” Torre is the Mexican Consulate for North Texas. He says a big misconception people have is believing the holiday is similar to Halloween. “Halloween is...
    Support is surging for the loved ones of a Norristown man killed in a motorcycle crash. John Rotelle, 22, "tragically lost his life" in the accident on October 21, according to GoFundMe organizer June Godino. Details surrounding the crash were not immediately clear. Rotelle was remembered as an "amazing and caring young man." "In the 15 years I have known John, I have never heard anyone say even one bad word about [him]," Godino wrote. Over $3,000 had been raised on the page as of Oct. 29. Click here to donate. 
    Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Hispanic holiday celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2. Eyewitness News reporter Marc Cota-Robles talked with a local mom about how she celebrates the holiday and the importance of keeping the tradition alive for her children.Janneth Barajas has celebrated Día de los Muertos her entire life."We have always done it for as long as I can remember, since I was a little girl," she said.Her parents Cecilia and Martin Barajas immigrated to the U.S. from Michoacán, Mexico.For the past few years, her father has been a focal point of her family's alter. He passed away in 2016."I thought my kids are so small, so we have to do something to keep his memory alive, so they could always remember him because the last thing I want is for them to forget him," Barajas said.Janneth's family has kept everything as traditional as possible.They use personal items, even foods that honor and remind the family of their loved ones. Always included are marigolds and pan de muerto... bread of the dead."We laugh,...
    (CNN)Two families whose loved ones were killed when a helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and others crashed on a California hillside have reached a tentative settlement over allegedly leaked photos of the scene. Lawyers representing Los Angeles County have offered $1.25 million each to the Altobelli and Mauser families. John Altobelli, 46, his wife Keri, 46, and their daughter, Alyssa, 14, were aboard the helicopter on January 26, 2020, along with Christina Mauser, 38. Their families filed separate federal lawsuits claiming a violation of their rights to control the death images of their loved ones after photos of the crash scene were allegedly leaked and shared by first responders from the sheriff's and fire departments.In Kobe Bryant crash lawsuit, judge orders sheriff, fire chief to be deposed The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will vote next week to approve the settlements, an effort to "avoid further litigation costs," according to a letter to the board from county counsel. Fees for the cases have cost the county over $1.2 million.Read More "We believe these proposed settlements of $1.25 million are reasonable...
    One year after the death of country music legend Charlie Daniels, the musician’s prized organization, the Journey Home Project has ramped up its efforts to honor Daniels’ legacy by continuing its valiant work to assist veterans in their transition back into civilian life. Daniels’ longtime best friend and manager of 47 years, David Corlew, told Fox News that in the wake of Daniels’ passing in July 2020 at the age of 83, the organization was renamed to include the Grammy-winning crooner’s namesake and the Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project had received more donations than ever which put the nonprofit on pace to distribute more to veterans than it ever had before. Corlew said he was 23 years old when he went to work for Daniels in 1973. Now 71, the roadie and righthand has spent the entirety of his adult life with Daniels and the foundation. So  "I know that he was very proud of and very appreciative of the work that we were doing, so knowing that I'm kind of carrying the flame, so to speak for him," Corlew explained. "Obviously,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is a day to celebrate and honor friends and family who have passed away.The holiday is celebrated Nov. 1-2. Marilyn Corral is part of the education department at the National Museum of Mexican Art.She demonstrated how people can honor their late loved ones by building an "ofrenda," which is an altar for loved ones who have passed away. It is tradition to put up an "ofrenda" to celebrate Day of the Dead.A multi-level "ofrenda" can be built using boxes or books and can be decorated with a shawl. Earth, air, fire and water are natural elements added to an "ofrenda." The altars can also be personalized with photos.
    Washington (CNN)The families of roughly two dozen US citizens and legal permanent residents detained abroad penned a letter to President Joe Biden on Monday urging him to do more to secure the release of their loved ones."Every day we wonder how much longer our loved ones must endure their captivity, not knowing when they will return home, and not being able to fully understand the efforts the United States government is undertaking to secure their freedom," the families wrote in the open letter, which was distributed by the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation.The signatories, including those with family members detained in China, Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, noted that many of them had spoken with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in February and "that call provided hope to so many families who heard this administration promise that their loved ones' freedom was a national priority.""Yet as of this letter, so many of us remain in the same situation, or worse, more than 8 months later," they wrote."We have not been able to meet with you or even with your...
    JOHN Mulaney and pregnant Olivia Munn’s romance may be winding down amid rumors the stars have split. The couple began dating in May 2021 and confirmed that they were expecting a child together in September. 5Olivia Munn is pregnant with John Mulaney's childCredit: Instagram/Olivia Munn 5John and Olivia may have split after a whirlwind romanceCredit: Getty However, John, 39, and Olivia, 41, may already have called it quits. According to celebrity gossip Instagram account Deuxmoi, an anonymous source claimed the parents-to-be are no longer together. On Friday, Deuxmoi shared a screen shot of a tip they received and all sights point to John and Olivia. The tip read: "This B-C list celebrity and her baby daddy A list comedian have recently called it quits." Although they didn't name drop the pair, the source added: "They're not attempting to fake the relationship for the public, but won't be announcing [their break up] either." Many fans are taken aback by the rumors, as one person tweeted: "Is it John Mulaney and Olivia Munn?" While a second person wrote: "Now why...
    Loved ones feared the worst after police found a missing 27-year-old Long Island man's car -- with the motor running -- as well as his cellphone and shoes. They're hoping someone can help find him. Douglas Graham Wesbee of Medford visited his brother in Bay Shore in Suffolk County around noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19, then spoke with his mother and aunt by phone before sending a text at 2:07 p.m. His phone apparently went dead after that, said the aunt, Simone Quinn. Quinn said there were questions about whether Wesbee visited with his estranged father that same day. He was reported missing to the Ridge Police Department on Wednesday, Oct. 20, she said. Police found Wesbee's vehicle at Bethpage State Park in Nassau County with the ignition running and his driver’s license inside, Quinn said. They also reportedly found his shoes at Bethpage State Park,and his cellphone at Sean Dixon Memorial Park in Medford. Wesbee -- who works as a Realtor with Century 21 and is an amateur boxer -- was described as 5-foot-9-inches tall and 170 pounds. He was last seen wearing black...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — It’s been a month since four victims were found shot to death in a SUV in a Wisconsin cornfield. Their families here in Minnesota are left to try to wrap their heads around the unimaginable. Police believe siblings Matthew Pettus and Jasmine Sturm, her boyfriend Loyace Foreman III, and her best friend Nitosha Flug-Presley were killed in St. Paul. WCCO’s Jennifer Mayerle spoke with loved ones left behind about the lives cut tragically short. READ MORE: Antoine Suggs Charged With Murdering 4 Minnesotans Found Dead In Wisconsin Cornfield“Jasmine, she had this big heart for giving. She just loved people, she was so kind,” her mom, Angela Sturm, said. Angela Sturm is the mother of Jasmine Sturm and Matthew Pettus. “He liked to be silly, always laughing and always smiling. And he gave the best hugs, his hugs were so tight,” Angela said. We met with Angela and Cathy Hansen in St. Paul. They are leaning on each other as they struggle with their grief. Aunt Cathy helped raise Nitosha Flug-Presley, or Tosha. “It’s kind of...
    LAST winter the eyes of the world were on a Coventry hospital as Margaret Keenan, 91, received the world’s first  approved Covid-19 vaccine. Since then our vaccination programme has protected people  across the country. Four in five of those eligible have now had two doses. 3Stay safe this winter and get your flu jab to protect yourselves and the nation, says Sajid Javid This winter we are better protected thanks to the hard work of our scientists, NHS staff and volunteers and the public coming forward for the jabs. But there can be no complacency.The next few months will be challenging as we face both Covid and flu. The winter months suit the virus so we need to keep reinforcing our wall of defence. That’s why we’ve launched the biggest flu programme in history, with more people now eligible than ever before. I had my flu jab last week and urge you to come forward and do the same. At the same time we are rolling out our Covid booster programme. Boosters will help to protect the most vulnerable by...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A family is grieving after their worst fear was confirmed. The body of Erika Verdecia, who had been missing for weeks, was found in a canal Sunday. READ MORE: Colin Powell, First Black Secretary Of State, Dies At 84Sunrise Police said the man who confessed to her murder, Eric Pierson, 54, had killed before. “I just want justice for my sister. My sister didn’t deserve this,” says Lynette Agosto, tearfully. “My sister fought to the end. I know she did.” Erika’s mother, Carmen Verdecia, said she wished the police would have gotten the word out sooner. “The police would tell me ‘She’s 33. She could be anywhere. She could be with her boyfriend’,” she said. “No. This is not what my daughter would do.” Verdecia said Erika went missing back on September 24th. She knew something was wrong because she said Erika would never leave her young daughter. Detectives found through phone records Erika called and texted Pierson. Eric Pierson (Source: Broward Sheriff’s Office) According to the arrest affidavit, Pierson was convicted of...
    Britney Spears wrote a scathing Instagram caption on Friday, in which she told her relatives they should be worried if she ever gives an interview. As she continues to make strides in regaining her freedom, the star sent a clear message to those who profited from her 'abusive' conservatorship, controlled by her father Jamie, for the past 13 years. Two weeks after Jamie, 69, was removed as the conservator of Britney's estate, the mom-of-two wrote about how 'disgusted' she is with the legal system. Not happy: Britney Spears wrote a scathing Instagram caption on Friday, in which she told her relatives they should be worried if she ever gives a interview 'Lord have mercy on my family's souls if I ever do an interview!!!' she told her more than 35.4 million Instagram followers on Friday.    RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'There's a lot of things that scare me': Britney Spears says... EXCLUSIVE 'He was the one that got away': Jennifer Lopez's... Share this article Share In addition to stating she is 'staying clear'...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A funeral is underway Friday for a security guard who was killed during a shooting inside a building in Philadelphia’s Logan section earlier this month. Family members and friends of Nassir Day came together at Shiloh Apostolic Temple on Master Street to pay their respects and celebrate his life. The 25-year-old died Oct. 1 in the building where he worked as a security guard. Police have charged 59-year-old Wayne Dorylis from Milford, Delaware with the murder.  
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Friends and family members came together to honor Elijah Gorham, a senior and football star at Mervo High School. “I’m just overwhelmed with joy. To see the people come out to see my son meant so much,” said his father James Gorham Jr. READ MORE: Sean Urbanski Appeals Murder Conviction For 2017 Fatal Stabbing Of Second Lieutenant Richard Collins IIICandles spelled out his name and the phrase “7 strong” to honor his jersey number, a number his mom says he wore proudly. “The football was his life. He loved it,” said mom Shantres Shaw. “He was dedicated to football. He was dedicated to family. He was dedicated to work,” his father said. Gorham suffered a brain injury back in September doing what he loved and was in the hospital ever since. He died on Monday at just 17-years-old. His death sending shockwaves through the community. “It was a lot to take in,” said teammate and friend Khalid Wilkerson. READ MORE: One Of The Escaped Zebras Found Dead In Prince George's County“His name is never going to be...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Gov. Kathy Hochul is apologizing to families who lost loved ones, after her predecessor ordered nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients. On Wednesday, CBS2’s Jessica Moore spoke with a woman who was in that private meeting with the governor about what happened and asked Hochul how she plans to make things right. READ MORE: Understaffing At Nursing Homes Leaves Residents Vulnerable Amid Pandemic, Now Vaccine Mandate Could Make It Worse Nothing made Elda Pabey happier than singing, gardening, and family. Even as a resident at Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights, her kindness was contagious. “She loved to give hugs. She would go and give hugs to all her friends there at the facility,” Haydee Pabey said. In April 2020, following former Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s policy to move COVID-positive patients into nursing homes, NYPD Det. Haydee Pabey got the call that her otherwise healthy 72-year-old mother was on her death bed with the disease. “There was that neglect there that just led to the death and they just told us she was fine the day before,...
    London (CNN)Relatives of Covid-19 victims have hit out at "deeply upsetting" images of Boris Johnson seen painting while on vacation -- just one day after his government was slated for its handling of the pandemic.The photographs appear to show the British Prime Minister painting at an easel outside the villa he is believed to be staying at with his family in Marbella, Spain.A spokesperson for the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group said in a statement to CNN: "It's deeply upsetting for those of us who lost loved ones to see the Prime Minister painting in a luxury villa rather than responding to the devastating news yesterday's report brought. If the Prime Minister wishes his condolences to carry any meaning, he should be drawing up a new timeline for the upcoming inquiry." The criticism came in the wake of a 150-page report, an initial assessment by the British Parliament's Health and Social Care, and Science and Technology committees, which said the United Kingdom's Covid response was slow and "reactive." WhatsApp messages are being deleted by UK officials. Should that...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Hundreds gathered at a memorial site near the Seal Beach pier to honor the victims of Orange County’s worst mass shooting, in which eight people were killed at a salon exactly ten years ago. On October 12, 2011, Scott Decraai showed up with three guns at Salon Meritage. His ex-wife Michele Fournier worked there and they were locked in a bitter custody battle. He killed her and seven others. READ MORE: Dodgers Stave Off Elimination With 7-2 Win Over Giants In Game 4 Of NLDSOne of the victims, Hattie Stretz was shot but managed to survive the mass shooting. “Now we come together again to remember and celebrate our loved ones,” said Stretz. Paul Wilson lost his wife, Christy, who was a stylist at the salon. “There are many days that this affects me, but this day from the minute I wake up..it’s always a difficult day,” said Wilson. “It’s pretty amazing to look out and see all that. Ten years later we still have all that support. That just clearly goes to show you how...
    PILSEN — Gardener Isabel Hernandez, whose elaborately decorated yard draws onlookers from across Chicago, has built her largest ofrenda yet for Dia de los Muertos. The holiday honors people who have died by building an altar, or ofrenda, and topping it with photos and mementos to invite back their spirts. Hernandez — known for her large and colorful garden, as well as for her holiday decorations — built an ofrenda in her yard last year. This year, Hernandez made the ofrenda even bigger: It’s 15 feet tall and in a more traditional pyramid shape. She made it herself. “I thought, ‘I’m gonna try to do a pyramid of the seven levels,’ because each level represents the way you go through life from birth until you die,” Hernandez said. “And so that was my challenge.” The pyramid was made with more than 60 plastic crates Hernandez received from a local food bank, which she tied together with cords. The seventh tier is made of a piece of wood drilled into the lower layer of crates.  Hernandez gathered photos of lost loved...
    Food & Friends has launched its annual pre-Thanksgiving pie fundraiser with a goal of helping as many D.C. area neighbors in need that it can. The D.C.-based nonprofit Food & Friends, which helps deliver thousands of meals to people in the region dealing with serious illnesses, has launched its annual Slice of Life fundraiser. The drive provides an opportunity for people to purchase something sweet and delicious for their Thanksgiving Day meal, while helping another family out at the same time. “We are hoping to sell 9,000 pies this year and raise about $350,000,” said Food & Friends Executive Director Carrie Stoltzfus. “Each one of those pies covers the cost of a full day of meals for our clients.” Food & Friends said clients include residents battling cancer, HIV, AIDS and other illnesses that make it hard to get out and provide for themselves. “The money goes directly to us … directly into our programs,” said Stoltzfus. Pies will be ready for pickup on Nov. 23, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. Stoltzfus said if you already have dessert covered, or you...
    2004 was a dark year in the U.S. By April, American troops had been in Afghanistan for two and a half years, and in Iraq for just over one year. One member of the Daily Kos Community, i dunno, had had enough. Not only was President George W. Bush not attending the arrival of troops at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, but, i dunno wrote, “the public is not allowed to see the flag-draped coffins returning from Iraq ... No pictures on the nightly news. It's all really better that way, don't you think?” Worried that the media blackout was allowing the war to fade from public consciousness, angry that the President was not reliably sending condolences to bereaved Gold Star families, and generally outraged and frustrated about the loss of human life, i dunno wrote “Try to Remember” on April 7. In a comment, he noted that he’d “started off to look up some information on the casualties to make a political point. I found the issue to be far more emotional, to me personally, than I had expected...