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    A WINTER snowstorm is expected to hit the Northeast this week, as Hawaii braces for a foot of snow under a blizzard warning. New York City and the tri-state area could see significant snowfall on Wednesday, if the current weather system stays the course. 4The northeast could see heavy snowfall on WednesdayCredit: weather.com 4A drop in temperature is more certainCredit: weather.com While the system could change paths and the area could avoid heavy snowfall, a drop in temperature is more certain, according to NBC NY. However, warm will come before the cold front hits the area, which will see a spike in temperatures on Monday. This warm front is expected to bring showers and temperatures up and into the 60s. Meanwhile, Hawaii has been under a blizzard warning since Sunday morning, as at least 12 inches of snow and winds of up to 120mph are expected in the Big Island mountain summits region. On Sunday, the National Weather Service warned of "catastrophic flooding" in the island. “These rainfall rates for long durations combined with rivers and streams quickly rising...
    DENVER (CBS4)- The weather in Colorado has been unseasonably warm this December. Heat records are being broken, but more importantly there has been no significant precipitation. If you have been concerned about the lack of snow and warm weather, you aren’t alone. READ MORE: 'If Roots Don't Get Moisture, They Die': Experts Say To Water Landscaping As Colorado Faces Abnormal Warm And Dry Spell (credit: CBS) “Certainly, Denver Water is concerned about this dry fall we have had” said Denver Water spokesman Todd Hartman. “We have to be watching very closely and of course hoping for some more snow and rain.” The snowpack has only ever been this low (or lower) seven other times since Denver Water started keeping tabs 43 years ago. In the Rockies, water is in short supply so the risk of severe drought and water restriction is ever present, but Denver Water, which serves the state’s biggest city, says they are doing okay for now. (credit: CBS) “Fortunately, we have a very far-flung collection system so our reservoir storage is about average for...
    Detroit (CNN)As Michael Lundy cradles her newborn son, she's mentally preparing to pack up and leave her Detroit home again.She just got a shutoff notice from the power company, owes more than $2,400 and her debt has grown throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. And she's been trying to stay afloat after being out of work while also taking care of her 11-year-old daughter. In September, the utility company cut her power until she paid a portion of her debt, forcing her to leave home and stay with family. Now, the company is threatening to do it again."It's frightening," Lundy said. "I don't want to be nowhere else but home. I don't want my kids nowhere else but home... But if it happens, it's really out of my control."Record federal home heating aid available, but it likely still isnt enoughThousands of Americans have been racking up utility debt during the pandemic. Families now owe power companies close to $20 billion, up 67% from the average year, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors' Association. At the peak of the pandemic, that debt...
    VIDEO3:3003:30Science and speed, not chaos and confusion: Biden unveils winter plan to fight CovidThe News with Shepard Smith President Joe Biden on Thursday said his plan to fight Covid during the winter months will not include new lockdowns or an expansion of the administration's current vaccination requirements. "It doesn't include shutdowns or lockdowns, but widespread vaccinations and boosters and testing a lot more," Biden told reporters during an update. "And while my existing federal vaccination requirements are being reviewed by the courts, this plan does not expand or add to those mandates — a plan that all Americans hopefully can rally around, and it should get bipartisan support, in my humble opinion," the president said. The administration hopes to increase the number of Americans who have received booster shots by expanding outreach. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will contact the more than 60 million people who are on Medicare, mostly seniors, to remind them to get an additional shot. The White House plan, unveiled earlier Thursday, comes after at least two cases of the highly mutated omicron variant...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Regulators of Texas’ oil and gas industry that buckled during February’s deadly freeze moved Tuesday, Nov. 30 toward making some producers more prepared for cold weather, but not in time for this winter as the nation’s power grid monitor warned the state is still at risk of blackouts. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is guaranteeing the lights will stay on this winter. READ MORE: Be Wary Of Online Puppy Purchases; Veterinarian Group Says Pet Scams Are Rampant, Particularly In TexasBut energy experts are less confident and say Texas’ response over the last nine months to a winter storm that killed hundreds of people — including some who froze to death after power was knocked out to the proud energy capital of the U.S. for days — has been insufficient. Some were concerned that gas operators that froze up in February — cutting off fuel to power plants — would be able to skirt new weatherization mandates by seeking exemptions. But gas supply deemed critical by the state could not avoid doing so under new rules passed Tuesday,...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Regulators of Texas’ oil and gas industry that buckled during February’s deadly freeze moved Tuesday toward making some producers more prepared for cold weather, but not in time for this winter as the nation’s power grid monitor warned the state is still at risk of blackouts. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is guaranteeing the lights will stay on this winter. But energy experts are less confident and say Texas’ response over the last nine months to a winter storm that killed hundreds of people — including some who froze to death after power was knocked out to the proud energy capital of the U.S. for days — has been insufficient. Some were concerned that gas operators that froze up in February — cutting off fuel to power plants — would be able to skirt new weatherization mandates by seeking exemptions. But gas supply deemed critical by the state could not avoid doing so under new rules passed Tuesday, according to state regulators, which critics agreed amounted to an improvement. “It is not simply a get-out-of-jail-free...
    WINTER hasn't officially started but heaters have been turned on as chillier temperatures set in across much of the country. People are bracing for higher heating bills and it's putting added stress on those trying to make ends meet. 1Heating bills are projected to be 30% higher this year The winter heating season is classified as October to March. This season, the US Energy Information Administration expects households which use natural gas as their primary heating fuel to spend $746 this winter. That's 30% more than they spent last winter. There are programs to take advantage of which can provide some relief to high heating bills. The low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP) helps families manage this time of year. Every state has a program to provide heating help. Most read in moneyPAYDAY December deadline for '$3,600 stimulus' check as 'surprise' cash sentMONEY BAGS New 'stimulus' check to be sent THIS MONTH after surprise payments revealedFESTIVE PAY 'Surprise' checks to be sent out before Christmas - see if you'll get $2,000CHECK IT OUT One month left to claim plus-up stimulus...
    Winter is fast approaching, which means it’s time to bring out the heavy coats, rain jackets, boots and warm blankets for everyone in the family. But what about our pets? Most people, especially in temperate California, assume that our pets don’t need anything extra in the wintertime, that their fur and common sense is enough to protect them. But that’s often not the case. For dogs, it’s important to consider their fur length, size and breed mix. My previous dog, Digby, was a 65-pound McNab mix that had fairly thick fur and seemed impervious to the cold and the rain. But my current dog, Bowie, is a 17-pound Italian greyhound mix that has short fur and shivers with the slightest breeze. He’s also miserable in the rain. I quickly learned Bowie needed a bit more protection if he was going to join me on our winter hikes, so he now sports either a sweater or a raincoat. By the way, these don’t have to be the kind your grandmother was fond of putting on her little Maltese — they can...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey has elected to retire, Kevin Gausman has chosen to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays and after spending six years in a Giants uniform, Johnny Cueto is a free agent. With three veteran players headed out the door, the Giants know they must work diligently to fill a leadership void this offseason. Fortunately for Farhan Zaidi, Scott Harris and Gabe Kapler, the Giants also know they have a massive amount of money at their disposal. During the 2021 season, Posey, Gausman and Cueto earned more than a combined $60 million, which should now be reallocated toward new players who can help the Giants defend their 2021 National League West title. Related Articles As Gausman departs, SF Giants receive a reminder of sky-high expectations All-Star pitcher Gausman reportedly leaves SF Giants for Blue Jays SF Giants: Brandon Crawford pens emotional tribute to Buster Posey SF Giants’ latest moves send a clear signal: Zaidi era has reached a turning point After agreeing to deal with DeSclafani,...
    WINTER and the change in temperature and light throws everyone out of kilter. But for babies this can undo the good sleep work they may have been practising in the months beforehand. 1Getting your baby to carry on a good sleep routine through winter months is keyCredit: Getty - Contributor As every parent knows, a good sleep routine is the key for you and your baby. If you are finding the change in weather has caused your little one to be disrupted, there are some things you can do. Lisa Lewis, a sleep consultant, has revealed her top tips to soothe babies into sleep. She told TheDozyOwl: "These are my mantras for getting babies to sleep every night. "The 5 Bs are 'sleep cues' that will help the baby start remembering what needs to happen come the evening time. "A strict routine will help them unwind and relax.” Most read in WellbeingPEARLY WHITES The 7 things you can do now to get the perfect smile before Christmas partiesMUM’S THE WORD I’m a fertility doctor and these top tips...
    MICHAEL VAUGHAN has been axed by the BBC from their Ashes coverage this winter after allegations of racism at Yorkshire. The former England captain was due to be part of the team for the series Down Under this winter. 1Michael Vaughan has been booted off the BBC's Ashes coverage for the upcoming seriesCredit: Getty The BBC said: "While he is involved in a significant story in cricket, for editorial reasons we do not believe that it would be appropriate for Michael Vaughan to have a role in our Ashes team or wider coverage of the sport at the moment. "We require our contributors to talk about relevant topics and his involvement in the Yorkshire story represents a conflict of interest." Vaughan was named by Azeem Rafiq for making racist remarks towards his former team-mate in 2009. Vaughan has twice denied the allegation he told a group of Asian Yorkshire players there are "too many of you lot” in the squad. The claim, which has been corroborated by England bowler Adil Rashid and Pakistan star Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, led the BBC to drop Vaughan from...
    EUROPE's coronavirus death toll could soar by another 700,000 this winter, the World Health Organisation has warned. Experts warned that the EU could surpass two million Covid-19 deaths by next March if further action isn't taken. 6A busy shopping street in Germany as cases spikeCredit: EPA 6People stand in a 700-meter-long queue to get vaccinated in HamburgCredit: AFP "All of us have the opportunity and responsibility to help avert unnecessary tragedy and loss of life, and limit further disruption to society and businesses over this winter season," Dr Hans Henri Kluge, the WHO's regional director for Europe, said. Research by the WHO suggests that between now and March 1 there will be extreme stress on hospital beds in 25 countries and extreme or high stress in IC units in a horrifying 49 out of 53 countries. Meanwhile, bodies are reportedly piling up in overflowing hospitals and morgues as hospitals buckle under the strain of the continent's fourth wave. The rise in cases has seen Greece join Austria, Germany and the Netherlands in imposing restrictions, while Romanian hospitals fail to...
    BRITAIN is set for more disastrous floods this winter - and two in three households at risk don't think it'll happen to them. More than 1.5million people are unprepared for the chaos to come as expert forecasters at the Met Office predict an above average rainfall is more likely in the next three months. 1Brits are being warned to brace for more flooding this winterCredit: PA A cold snap, heavy wind and extra rainfall are on the way as the Environment Agency sounds the alarm bell for the 5.2million who are at risk in England to get ready now. And there's a 30 per cent chance this winter will be more wet than average, Met chiefs say. Flood defences have already saved 200,000 properties from getting flooded since 2019, but every year thousands are still caught out. Ministers have vowed a huge £5.1billion government investment to better protect another 336,000 properties. Will Lang, Head of Civil Contingencies at the Met Office said: "Winters in the UK usually includes a wide variety of weather and this winter looks to be no...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The snow season looked promising in October with a few early snowstorms in the mountains. Enough snow fell to allow three Colorado ski resorts to open before Halloween. (credit: Loveland Ski) But the flow of moisture quickly shut off as we moved into November and the storm track shifted away from the state. The result has been a lot of windy and dry weather over the past several weeks that fueled an unusual November wildfire and delayed the opening of at least one Colorado ski resort. On Thursday, forecasters at NOAA released the latest winter outlook for the United States, and it paints a potentially grim picture for winter snow in Colorado. Much of the state is predicted to get near to slightly below normal amounts of snow through February. The highest chance for below normal snowfall is in the southern counties. NOAA’s temperature outlook for December through February calls for near normal temps in extreme northern Colorado with slightly above normal temps for the rest of the state. The highest chance for above normal temps...
    The Georgia Department of Driver Services Motorcycle Safety Program is reminding motorcyclists and drivers to keep safe, stay warm, and to be alert this holiday season. As the holiday season approaches and temperatures begin to drop, many Georgia motorcyclists will continue to enjoy riding through the winter months and holidays. During the year’s most hectic and challenging riding season, the Department of Driver Services (DDS) GA Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) offers some helpful strategies to both motorcyclists and drivers to safely enjoy holiday celebrations and cold weather riding. Don’t forget the basics: Choose the right gear. This is the perfect time of year to make sure that all of your motorcycle gear is compliant with the Georgia Department of Transportation. In the winter, a full-face helmet gives you the most protection from frigid weather and wind. Water-resistant gear that is adaptable to weather changes provides comfort and warmth on cold rides. Keep warm: a simple three-step layering method. Take the three-layer approach to dress for winter motorcycle riding. A thermal that retains...
    Pandemic. Drought. Wildfire. Smoke. Bad news all around. And then: SNOW! And lots of it. Last month’s 3-foot-plus accumulation rattled and invigorated Tahoe resorts, which weren’t prepared to staff up and open weeks early. Among the first to click into his boards: Austin Metz, 28, of Olympic Valley, who hiked up and skied down right after the storm, days before the lifts even started running at Palisades Tahoe (the resort formerly known as Squaw/Alpine). His one-word summary: “Deep!” Both Palisades and Boreal Mountain Resort promptly opened, Palisades with seven lifts turning, Boreal with two. Both attracted costumed skiers and riders with ear-to-ear grins and sometimes outrageous garb. It was the first year for Halloween skiing at Tahoe since 2004, and for Palisades, only the third time for an October opening in its 72-year-history. Whether cold temperatures will persist and the white stuff will hold is anyone’s guess, but the outlook has snow-sports lovers jazzed. Full opening at most resorts is scheduled between now and early December. And there’s more reason to celebrate: The third winter of...
    If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ve probably noticed that it’s getting a bit chilly. Colder weather requires warmer clothes, and while everyone has their personal preferences for what they like to wear, the materials in which those clothes are usually the same across the board. Leather and fur are considered ‘winter textiles’, but they are not considered ‘ethical textiles’.  Hundreds of millions of animals are killed annually to produce leather and fur goods. Environmentally, leather and fur are about as unsustainable as they come. The leather industry uses high volumes of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and requires significant amounts of water. The fur industry also utilizes toxic substances and is energy-draining.  It can be overwhelming to think about how detrimental and cruel both industries are, but it’s important to recognize that our love for the products they produce doesn’t justify or minimize the pain and death they cause.   Here are a few alternatives to keep yourself warm while still following your moral compass.  Eco-Friendly Faux Fur  Faux fur has come a long way and looks even more...
    Several regions of the United States are at risk of widespread power outages if extreme weather hits this winter, according to an assessment by the non-profit North American Reliability Corporation. Texas, which generates more electricity than any other state, could see numerous power plants become inoperable with the right winter storm, causing electricity demand to exceed what’s being generated by up to 37%, the report found. That means nearly half of the state’s electricity resources wouldn’t be able to meet customer demand, leaving millions of Texans in the dark — again. The sobering outlook comes after record cold temperatures in February 2021 caused the state to see its highest electricity demand ever as residents tried to keep warm. To prevent the power grid from buckling under the stress, grid operators were forced to implement rolling outages right when Texans needed power the most. More than 200 people died during the power crisis, with the most common cause of death being hypothermia. A post-storm analysis released in November indicated power plants were unable to produce electricity primarily due to natural gas...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Winter is coming. So is a higher price to keep your home warm this season. Xcel Energy expects natural gas prices to increase through the winter as production has not kept up with demand during the pandemic. (credit: CBS) “If our customers use exactly the same amount as what did last year, they should expect to see a $28 increase every month through the season,” Hollie Velasquez Horvath, Xcel’s Vice President of State Affairs, told CBS4. Horvath explained Xcel customers pay about $90 on average for their utility bill. That won’t be the case this winter, however. “We anticipate that our customers will see a higher increase in their utility bills over the winter season unless they do some adjustments and change a little bit of their habit,” she said. That’s where the Home Energy Squad can step in. It’s a program Xcel Energy offers where a team of technicians will visit a customer’s home for an energy audit. They look for ways to make the home more energy efficient to save the customer money, like adjusting...
    White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci is warning vaccinated Americans of a coming “double whammy” as winter approaches and the Delta variant of the Chinese coronavirus spreads, citing “waning immunity” and essentially warning that vaccinated individuals are not fully protected. Speaking in an interview debuted at the 2021 STAT Summit Tuesday, Fauci said: The somewhat unnerving aspect of it is that if you keep the level of dynamics of the virus in the community at a high level — obviously the people who are most most vulnerable are the unvaccinated — but when you have a virus as transmissible as delta, in the context of waning immunity, that dynamic is going to negatively impact even the vaccinated people. So it’s a double whammy. “You’re going to see breakthrough infections, even more so than we see now among the vaccinated,” Fauci added. “It is painful and frustrating to me as a public health person, as a physician who takes care of people and sees firsthand what disease and death is, repetitively,” he said as the conversation drifted to unvaccinated individuals. “As...
    Caesar Carbajal c/o Gasparilla Music Festival One of the hardest working Americans we know is coming back to Tampa. Today, WMNF 88.5-FM announced plans to bring Todd Snider back to the Bay area community radio station’s recently reopened unofficial home, Skipper’s Smokehouse.  Tickets to see Todd Snider play Skipper’s Smokehouse in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, January 20, 2022 are $32-$42 go on sale Friday, Nov. 19 at noon. Snider last played the area in January 2020, also in partnership with WMNF, which is returning to Skipper's Smokehouse for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. A negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the show will be required to enter (proof of vaxx will be accepted in lieu of a negative test), so make sure to bring along your favorite Conservative Christian, Right Wing, Republican, Straight, White American Male to the party. Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team works tirelessly to share music news, events and concert announcements as the Tampa Bay music scene recovers from coronavirus shutdowns. Please consider making...
    Tuesday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) warned that because of President Joe Biden’s energy policy, Russian oil tankers would be “making delivery in the Boston Harbor this winter.” According to Barrasso, “the American people are paying the price” for the Biden administration being “wrong” on energy. “John Kerry and Joe Biden, these two merry men who seem to think the United States can power ourselves on windmills and solar panels are just wrong, and the American people are paying the price,” Barrasso lamented. “That is the real problem we have.” “Who would have thought that in 10 months in the White House, Joe Biden could take us to a seven-year high in oil prices and a 30-year high in inflation?” he later added. “But it is the policies of this administration that are so bad. And his solution is let’s beg PEC and Russia to produce more energy. Mark my words, we are going to see Russian oil tankers making delivery in the Boston Harbor this winter, and it is a result of the...
    Perhaps it’s the feeling of dry cracked feet sliding into your winter socks, or it could be that you’ve been sans pedicure due to your salon being closed. Whatever the reason, it’s always the season to indulge in a spa treatment at home. Foot masks are wickedly popular right now, and you’ll see why when your feet start looking and feeling as soft as a baby’s behind. These booties are filled with great ingredients that can moisturize and hydrate, or deeply exfoliate. So use them as an excuse to snag a sheet mask out of your beauty fridge, kick back, and binge-watch your favorite shows. Your feet (and your sleeping partner) will appreciate the pampering. And, if you want to keep your face looking as good as your tootsies, mineral powder sunscreen is a must for everyday protection.
    SeeWinter/Facebook Days after the death of beloved dolphin Winter, veterinary experts at Clearwater Marine Aquarium shared findings from her necropsy, which pointed to a likely cause of death. Winter’s necropsy results indicated that she likely died from intestinal torsion, which means her intestines had twisted, CMA veterinarian Dr. Shelly Marquardt said in a Saturday morning news conference. The aquarium said there was nothing more Winter’s caregivers could do to save her life beyond keeping her as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Winter died on Nov. 11 at age 16. Remembering Winter: A Celebration of LifeSaturday-Wednesday, Nov. 20-24. Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Clearwatercmaquarium.org The aquarium also said the condition is not unique and can be found in other stranded dolphins “as well as any living being with intestines.”  “We have found there is much to learn as a community about what causes this conditions, and what experts found in yesterday’s necropsy means Winter will continue helping scientists and animal rescue teams worldwide better care for these amazing animals,” CMA wrote in an update on its website. The aquarium noted that...
    Planning a winter getaway? A new report has named the best destination to visit in New York during the colder months. According to 24/7 Wall St., Seneca Falls, located in Seneca County about 50 miles west of Syracuse, is the best winter destination in New York. The website created a list of the best winter destinations in all 50 states based on a variety of reports from other sites, including National Geographic and Reader's Digest. Seneca Falls was named the best New York destination due in part to its festive holiday lights.  The website also noted that Seneca Falls is home to the "It's a Wonderful Life Museum," as it inspired the movie's fictional town, Bedford Falls. Read the full report from 24/7 Wall St. here.
    Here's the best place in Connecticut to visit in the winter, according to a new ranking.  The website 24/7 Wall St. has named Stonington borough the best Connecticut destination in its list of the best winter destinations in all 50 states. The borough is located in the town of Stonington in New London County.  To create the list, the site used information from lists across a number of websites, including Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic and more. According to the report, the borough is filled with quaint locations to visit in the wintertime, including shops and restaurants. Find the full 24/7 Wall St. report here.
    Laura Howden / 500px | 500px | Getty Images The travel industry might get a much-wished-for gift this holiday season, if the latest predictions about year-end travel turn out to be true. Pandemic-weary Americans seem to be ready to take trips for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and other winter celebrations, several studies have found. AAA is predicting that this Thanksgiving will see travel volume rise to within 5% of 2019 levels, with some 53.4 million people taking to the air, roads and rails. That's a jump of 13% from last year; the rebound in air travel alone will be even greater, up 80% over 2020. Thanksgiving travelers will be sharing planes, trains and highway lanes with about 6.4 million more people this year, and should brace for crowds, according to Paula Twidale, senior vice president at AAA Travel. "This Thanksgiving, travel will look a lot different than last year," she said, in a statement. "Now that the borders are open and new health and safety guidelines are in place, travel is once again high on the list for Americans who...
    BOSTON (CBS) — SNOW. A seemingly innocuous 4 letter word. READ MORE: 'Know Your Rights,' Travel Expert Warns Of Possible Flight Delays, Cancellations During HolidaysAlso, likely the easiest way to get a New Englander’s attention this time of year and not to mention clicks on a website. NO, this is not some cheap ploy to get you to click on my blog. For the first time this year, there really is SNOW in the forecast. Let me just start by saying we aren’t forecasting a snowstorm by any means, no need to rush out to the supermarket or dig out the snow shovels. This is more of a “first flakes alert” for those eager to see some white stuff before the real stuff arrives (no timetable on that just yet). We have a few chances in the coming days to see flakes, let’s break down the best times and locations should you want to go snow chasing. (WBZ-TV Graphic) Saturday Night: READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment On The Way?A quick moving frontal system sweeps...
    MOULD and condensation build up can happen - particularly in winter, but aside from the unsightly appearance and sometimes the damp smell, it can be pretty bad for your health. There are plenty of pricey solutions like air purifying or recirculating systems, but for those who can't afford expensive building work, there's another solution that may surprise you. 5Adding plants to your home doesn't just give you a splash of colour, it helps reduce moistureCredit: Shutterstock Choosing the right houseplant can actually reduce mildew and mould plus they make a gorgeous addition to your home. Not all plants have the same effect so it's vital to pick the right greenery for your home. Here are four that are worth investing in: Snake Plants 5Snake plants absorb humidity and moisture and they're easy to care forCredit: Shutterstock A snake plant is a great beginner's houseplant for those who are prone to kill their indoor greenery (no judgement). The need a bit of a dust every now and again as the firm leaves can gather grime. They thrive...
    As the colder months approach, a new list has named the best winter destinations in each state. Here's which destination was chosen for Massachusetts. According to 24/7 Wall St., Boston is the best place to visit in Massachusetts in the winter. The report was based on a variety of lists compiled by different websites, including Reader's Digest, USA Today and more. The website cited skating, sledding shopping and dining at the city's restaurants among activities to take part in during the winter.  The site also recommended visiting the historic Freedom Trail. Find the full report here.
    DENVER (CBS4) – Xcel Energy Colorado wants residents to be aware of a jump in their natural gas and electricity bill. Supply and demand issues are to blame. (credit: CBS) READ MORE: Extremely Rare Black-Footed Ferret Strikes Out On His Own, Visits Pueblo West HomeownerXcel Energy says the average natural gas bill will go up by $28 a month compared to last winter, while homeowners can expect to see a $1.50 increase in electricity. The utility company says they buy natural gas at wholesale, and it’s then supplied to customers at no markup. READ MORE: Thomas Hamner Of Colorado Charged In Connection To Jan. 6 Riot At U.S. Capitol“We also encourage customers to reach out if they’re having trouble paying their energy bills, so we can help with payment plans or connect them to energy assistance programs that can help,” the company stated in a news release. Homeowners are recommended to try several options in order to save energy and money: Lower your thermostat a few degrees, ideally to 68 degrees or lower. Adjust your programmable thermostat to...
    SAN RAFAEL (KPIX) — There has been a recent increase in COVID cases according the California’s Department of Public Health. The surge has prompted speculation among health officials colder weather keeping people indoors and waning immunity to the vaccine maybe contributing factors. Marin has an incredibly high vaccination rate but even that county has seen an increase in COVID cases, of late. It’s especially concerning considering this is the time of year that we saw a significant spike in 2020. COVID cases hovered around 3000 per day in the state last October but skyrocketed to more than 58,000 by December. READ MORE: Droppings From Growing Goose Population In Foster City Pose Health Problem For ResidentsUCSF epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford feels there is reason to be optimistic that the numbers won’t explode this year. “The difference maker this winter is we have a lot of people vaccinated and the vaccines work really really well.” says Dr. Rutherford. Marin County has led the way in the Bay Area with 81% of the total population vaccinated and just this weekend, held a pediatric...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Local heating assistance programs are preparing to help their clients as the U.S. Government predicts there will be higher bills for heating this winter. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that the cost of heating oil will increase by 43%, natural gas by 30%, propane by 54%, and electricity by 6%. Those numbers climb even higher if the winter is colder than expected. READ MORE: One-On-One With Boston Mayor-Elect Michelle Wu“We’re going into one of the winters that I feel is extraordinarily difficult. Actually, terrifying,” said John Drew, the President and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development or ABCD, a home heating assistance program. (WBZ-TV) ABCD helps roughly 25,000 Massachusetts families a year with home heating expenses. This year, Drew is encouraging people to apply early before funding begins to run out. READ MORE: Driver Accused Of Speeding Past Trooper On Route 1 Now Charged In Crash That Killed Young Sharon ManOn November 2, the federal Department of Health and Human Services released $3.3 billion dollars in Fuel Assistance, allowing ABCD to increase...
    Americans should expect to pay higher costs to heat their homes this winter, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Sunday, a result of high gas prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic."This is going to happen. It will be -- it will be more expensive this year than last year," Granholm told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "We are in a slightly beneficial position, well certainly relative to Europe, because their choke hold of natural gas is very significant. ... But we have the same problem in fuels that the supply chains have, which is that the oil and gas companies are not flipping the switch as quickly as the demand requires."Granholm's comments come one day after President Joe Biden was noncommittal on using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to address rising gas prices, but Granholm said the administration feels all options are on the table. A release from the SPR, which is designed to protect the nation against a major disruption in oil supplies, may only provide modest, temporary relief from higher prices at the pump.She also told Bash...
    White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the administration is considering shutting down a Michigan oil pipeline, as President Biden finds himself caught between an environmental promise and looming gas price hikes.    The administration is exploring the possibility of terminating the Line 5 pipeline - which links Superior, Wisconsin, with Sarnia, Ontario - and gathering data to determine if shutting down the line will cause a surge in fuel pricing. 'Yes, we are,' Jean-Pierre said, asked in a news briefing if the administration is 'studying' the impacts of a potential shutdown.  'The army corps of engineers is preparing an environmental impact to look through this,' she continued.   Biden is being yanked between environmentalists and Michigan's Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer who are worried about a potential spill and the government of Canada and the oil and gas industries that worry about the impact on jobs and energy prices.   'Where we are with this is Canada has decided to invoke dispute resolutions of the 1977 Transit Pipelines Treaty. We expect that both the US and Canada will engage constructively in those negotiations.'...
    The Biden Administration is considering shutting down a Michigan oil pipeline despite warnings from Republican lawmakers who believe the move would result in fuel price shocks throughout the Midwest. The administration is exploring the possibility of terminating the Line 5 pipeline - which links Superior, Wisconsin, with Sarnia, Ontario - and gathering data to determine if shutting down the line will cause a surge in fuel pricing, according to published reports. In a letter dated Thursday, 13 Congress members - led by Ohio Rep. Bob Latta - urged the president to keep the oil line in operation, saying: 'Line 5 is essential to the lifeblood of the Midwest.'  'Should this pipeline be shut down, tens of thousands of jobs would be lost across Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and the region; billions of dollars in economic activity would be in jeopardy; and the environment would be at greater risk due to additional trucks operating on roadways and railroads carrying hazardous materials,' the legislators wrote. 'Furthermore, as we enter the winter months and temperatures drop across the Midwest, the termination of Line 5 will...
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    (CNN)Americans should expect to pay higher costs to heat their homes this winter, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Sunday, a result of high gas prices caused by the coronavirus pandemic."This is going to happen. It will be -- it will be more expensive this year than last year," Granholm told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union." "We are in a slightly beneficial position, well certainly relative to Europe, because their choke hold of natural gas is very significant. ... But we have the same problem in fuels that the supply chains have, which is that the oil and gas companies are not flipping the switch as quickly as the demand requires."Granholm's comments come one day after President Joe Biden was noncommittal on using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to address rising gas prices, but Granholm said the administration feels all options are on the table. A release from the SPR, which is designed to protect the nation against a major disruption in oil supplies, may only provide modest, temporary relief from higher prices at the pump. White House says...
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    CHICAGO (WLS) -- As natural gas prices skyrocket, the I-Team has helpful energy tips to keep heating costs lower this winter.Winter heating prices will be at their highest level since the 2008 through 2009 season, according to the Citizens Utility Board.The board has tips for consumers to save you money this winter.Contact your utility company about financial assistance or payment arrangements. For customers struggling to afford their bills, the utility company may be able to offer relief.Practice energy efficiency. Steps like dropping your thermostat just 10 degrees for at least eight hours a day could save you almost 10% on your bill over the course of a year.Lastly, be careful before switching to an alternative supplier. Sales representatives from some of them may use the high gas prices to rope you into what could be a bad deal, the board said. Read the fine print before changing suppliers.
    While it is most often seen on ski slopes, the balaclava is fast becoming the unlikely fashion trend of the season - with prices ranging up to a hefty £840.  Secondhand clothing site Depop has reported a 145% increase in searches for balaclavas in the last month alone, while global fashion platform Lyst has seen page views for the knitted headgear rise 18% each month, The Guardian reports.  According to Lyst, Kim Kardashian's headline-grabbing unconventional anti-fashion statement at Met Gala - a bizarre Balenciaga couture catsuit and head covering, saw searches for the garment increase by 62% within 48 hours.   'As a result, the "wider 'fetish facewear" trend has been gaining traction on our platform over the past few weeks,' Lyst's content lead, Morgane Le Caer told the publication.  Not happy: Kim Kardashian was the first to admit she can't catch a break on Thursday after being ridiculed for her unusual Met Gala outfit - despite making no attempt to be overtly sexual Cecilie Bahnsen's Gigi wool knit balaclava, which retails at £305 (pictured)  Urban Outfitters' stripe balaclava (left) and (right) green balaclava -...
    (CNN)The 2022 winter Olympic Games will take place a few months from now in Beijing, China, a city where snow and precipitation are usually hard to come by in the cooler months. But an incoming storm could kick-start the season and bring a potentially significant snowfall to the region with less than 100 days until the games.Snow is, after all, an important weather element for the winter games, as the greatest skiers, snowboarders, and other athletes from around the world compete.With 100 days until the Winter Olympics, Beijing races to control growing Covid outbreakA strengthening storm system will develop this weekend over northeastern China, unleashing the development of snow. In some cases more than 50 centimeters (20 inches) could accumulate in the higher elevations across parts of Liaoning, Jilin and Hebei provinces through Monday local time.Beijing is expected to receive 10 to 20 centimeters (about 4 to 8 inches) of snowfall by the end of the weekend, which would make it the greatest snow event of this dry season for the city.The last time it snowed this much was from...
    U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, April 8, 2021.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters LONDON — U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has called on oil-producing nations to immediately increase crude supplies to mitigate the surging cost of living. On Thursday, oil cartel OPEC and its allies agreed to continue with their current output plan, deciding against loosening the taps despite U.S. pressure to help cool the market. Oil prices have recently hit their highest levels since 2014, and crude-importing countries are feeling the pain. It's boosted gasoline prices and has added to surging inflation rates around the globe, with consumers already paying more due to supply bottlenecks in the economy. Asked by CNBC about the U.S.'s relationship with Saudi Arabia, the de-facto leader of OPEC, after the output decision, Granholm said: "In some places, we have strong relationships and in some places we wish our allies would move a little faster." "The message is we need to increase supply at this moment so that people will not be hurt during the winter...
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    Con Edison has shared how much the average customer's heating bill is expected to increase this winter.  The average residential gas-heating bill is projected to be about $341 per month between November and March, according to an announcement from the company on Monday, Nov. 1. That's an increase of about 24 percent from last winter's average monthly bill of $275, Con Edison said.  The company said the price increase is mainly due to supply costs, and the projection also reflects the increase in delivery charges. Con Edison urged customers to use the following tips to save money on heating: Set your thermostat at the lowest temperature at which you are comfortable and safe. Each degree lower decreases heating costs. Make sure heating vents are not blocked by furniture, carpeting or anything else that could obstruct the flow of heat. Have a qualified contractor clean and inspect your heating system. Insulate hot-water pipes and warm-air ducts that pass through unheated areas. Clean or replace filters for your hot-air furnace and heat pump. Swap out window shades seasonally. Light-colored window coverings...
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