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    FOLSOM (CBS13) – The wonderful weekend weather had many people leaving the house as California’s reopening showed a sign of promise for many people as the pandemic hits its one-year mark – but is it happening too fast? Folsom was full of people on Saturday afternoon and evening, as things started to sound and look a little more like normal. READ MORE: Good Samaritan Helps Mother, Daughter After Moving Truck Crash Near Cal Expo “I was surprised, and it’s nice,” said Portia Kent, shocked by the number of people out on the streets. “But I kind of question that.” Though for some, like Kristin Murray, being out and about throughout the day was a great experience. “Not as worried and scared,” Murray said. “It feels so wonderful.” CBS13 asked some if it is too soon to mix and mingle out and about? UC Davis infectious disease expert Dr. Dean Blumberg...
    ROCKLIN (CBS13) – Ongoing coronavirus-related regulations that are limiting restaurants have left a bad taste in owners’ mouths, leaving one group from Placer County threatening to sue the state and Gov. Gavin Newsom if those restrictions aren’t lifted. Congressman Tom McClintock and other elected officials rallied alongside a dozen Placer County restaurant owners who have had their fill of the state shutdown. READ MORE: California Allowing Theme Parks, Ball Parks And Stadiums To Reopen With Strict Limits On April 1 “We’re all here to say the same thing: Enough is enough!” said Congressman Tom McClintock. Rula Khatib, who runs Primo Pizza Burger and Brew in Rocklin, is part of an ever-growing group that says ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions have made it hard to conduct business. “I used to make my schedules weeks ahead of time. Now I go day by day. I bring in people for no reason and send them...
    Microsoft’s newest Garage app, the company’s brand for more experimental apps, is Group Transcribe, which lets groups of people capture real-time collective meeting transcriptions using their phones. It’s available for free right now on iOS. “This app uses a multi-device approach to provide real-time, high quality transcription and translation, so users can be more present and productive during in-person meetings and conversations,” Microsoft’s Lainie Huston said in a blog post. Here’s how it works. Everyone who wants to participate in the group transcription needs to download the Group Transcribe app. Then, one person kicks off a transcription, and they can invite others to join by sharing a five-letter conversation code, a QR code, or by joining the group transcription with nearby sharing over Bluetooth. Then, the app will begin transcribing the group’s conversation, noting who said what. Group Transcribe can even also auto-translate things people say and show those...
    David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder & Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group.David A. Grogan | CNBC Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein told CNBC on Thursday he believes the largest economic risk is high unemployment, not some areas of the stock market where valuations have become overheated. "I think on the whole, the stock market is not our biggest problem," the private equity titan said in an interview on "Squawk Box." "The biggest problem we have right now is the economy is still weighed by Covid, and until we get out of that and we get back to a situation where have closer to full employment, the economy is not really going to be fair to be everybody." Rubenstein's comments Thursday came one day after Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger expressed serious concerns about activity he was seeing in the stock market, warning of a potential bubble. "It's most egregious in the momentum trading by novice...
    Exercising for just two-and-a-half hours a week can reduce your risk of migraine, a new study suggests.Researchers at a headache clinic at the University of Washington looked into the amount of exercise achieved per week by patients diagnosed with migraine. They found exercising above the two-and-a-half hour threshold – the minimum recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) – reduced migraine triggers like anxiety and poor-quality sleep. In their sample of more than 4,500 adults with migraine, 73 per cent got less than two-and-a-half hours a week, they found. Migraine is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men, according to the NHS.  Regular exercise may be an effective way to reduce the frequency and intensity of a migraine, which causes an intense, throbbing pain that WHAT CAUSES  MIGRAINES?The exact cause of migraines is unknown, according to the NHS. But they're thought to...
    The COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available to the general population in Connecticut as the state continues vaccinating residents at one of the quickest rates in the country. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state will be continuing with an age-based approach to rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine, including dedicated clinics next month for educators and childcare providers. According to Lamont, age is one of the strongest factors contributing to COVID-19 deaths, with 96 percent of COVID-19 deaths in Connecticut occurring in people over the age of 55. The schedule for the vaccine eligibility: Monday, March 1: expands to age group 55 to 64; Monday, March 22: expands to age group 45 to 54; Monday, April 12: expands to age group 35 to 44; Monday, May 3: expands to age group 16 to 34. Lamont also announced that he is directing the Connecticut Department of...
    After holding a focus group to analyze the reactions of those viewing Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Republican pollster Frank Luntz predicted that although the former president will almost certainly be acquitted, his reputation will be damaged “forever.” Appearing as a guest on Fox News anchor Bret Baier’s show, Luntz presented footage from his recent focus group, during which some participants insisted that Trump did nothing wrong with respect to the pro-Trump mob that perpetrated the Capitol insurrection. One focus group member even managed to claim that “Osama bin Laden was innocent,” while another argued Trump should be “convicted and barred from office and separately tried and imprisoned.” Following the footage of the voter panel, Baier asked Luntz what information he gathered from the focus group, noting the wide range in comments. “The intensity is clearly on Donald Trump’s side. We found this every day since Election Day itself. The Trump people will...
    The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group continues to pose a security threat in areas of northern Iraq disputed between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdistan region, a leader of Kurdistan’s Peshmerga military said on Tuesday. “We have said this many times, ISIS is still a threat to the region because of the terrorist attacks they conduct,” the secretary-general of Peshmerga’s Ministry of Affairs Jabar Yawar told the Kurdish news agency Rudaw on Tuesday. “What ISIS lost in 2017 when then-Prime Minister of Iraq Haidar al-Abadi announced their defeat, was only their alleged caliphate, however, ISIS is still out there conducting attacks,” he added. “In January alone, ISIS has conducted 14 attacks and 150 people have been killed and injured,” Yawar noted. Security gaps in the region stemming from territorial disputes between Iraq’s national government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have allowed ISIS to stage a resurgence in the area...
    Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia Democrats are currently negotiating with themselves over something that should be a no-brainer: whether to send direct payments of $1,400 to a larger group of people or a smaller group of people based on who supposedly needs it most. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia seems to think that only individuals making $50,000 or less and families making $100,000 or less should get the payments. People at those arbitrary income levels are the ones who really "need the help the most," according to Manchin, and sending money to anyone else is just wasteful largesse in his personal estimation.  But as the Washington Post's Paul Waldman points out, the debate over who needs the direct payments "the most"—a smaller or bigger group of have-nots—is a completely false choice. No one is suggesting giving the smaller group of have-nots a bigger pot of money based on whether...
    (CNN Business)Stefanie Thompson tried for three weeks to help her parents and stepmother, each of whom have preexisting medical conditions, register for appointments to get a Covid-19 vaccine. She called reservation hotlines and woke up early to attempt signing them up on pharmacy and hospital websites. No luck.Then one night while scrolling Facebook (FB), she happened upon a group called "South Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Info," which had a post promising to help secure a spot for a vaccine for the first 10 people to respond."I sent some basic information along and by the morning, I had a text from someone who said, 'Can you bring them down to Jackson [Health] this morning?'" said Thompson. "It was surreal because I had been exploring every avenue and then all of a sudden, I had appointment confirmations. I was petrified but hoped it was real out of complete desperation." Covid-19 scams are prevalent,...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says the city is working to deal with a spike in homicides with more than a dozen seen this year so far.There have been 13 homicides in Oakland since the start of 2021, compared to only one at this point last year.RELATED: Oakland crime spikes amid pandemic with worst homicide rate in 7 yearsABC7 News asked the mayor what's being done to address the problem."We recognize that people are really stressed out, emotions are high. We're seeing other kinds, like road rage violence, that we believe is caused by overall stress," Schaaf said.The mayor also blames more powerful weapons for increasing Oakland's homicide rate.RELATED: Oakland divided over $62M budget cuts, likely to impact police, public safety"We are seeing more and more powerful guns on our streets than we have ever seen before," Schaaf said. "We have a great partnership with the federal...
    More On: gamestop 22-year-old risked parents’ mortgage on GameStop: ‘You only live once’ WH: ‘Shouldn’t be a surprise’ Janet Yellen paid by firm in GameStop stock struggle Elon Musk slams Discord app for banning Reddit group amid GameStop trades Inside the Reddit group that left traditional investors $5B in the red Joe Biden is president. Democrats control the House and Senate. Tech overlords are quashing dissent. We’re in the middle of what our betters call the “Great Reset,” when the power of big institutions and the Really Smart People™ is supposed to be re-established after the unfortunate deviation of the Trump years. The hoi polloi are supposed to know their place now, especially those annoying loudmouths on the Internet. How’s that working out? Just ask Melvin Capital. Melvin was a short-seller that made a big bet that GameStop would go down. Nothing unusual about that, as making negative bets is what short-sellers do, and GameStop, a tired...
    Iraq said today it had killed an ISIS commander who had claimed to be the leader of the terror group in the country and had declared himself its 'deputy caliph'.  Abu Yaser al-Issawi was killed in a military strike which Iraq's prime minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi described as an 'intelligence-led operation'. Paying tribute to Iraq's 'heroic armed forces', Kadhimi said: 'I gave my word to pursue [ISIS] terrorists, we gave them a thundering response'.  The jihadists were driven out of their last remaining territory in Iraq more than three years ago but still pose a threat in the country, as demonstrated by an attack in Baghdad last week which killed 32 people and for which ISIS claimed responsibility. Iraq said today it had killed an ISIS commander who had claimed to be the leader of the terror group in the country and had declared himself its 'deputy caliph' - answering...
    HE’S used to filming documentaries on some of the most dangerous front lines on the planet, embedded with armies, gangsters and drug lords. But now TV’s Ross Kemp has joined a different front line — mucking in with The Sun’s Jabs Army to help deliver Covid jabs. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 8Ross Kemp has mucked in with The Sun’s Jabs Army to help deliver Covid jabsCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 8The EastEnders legend chatted to a nurse and vaccine patient at Salt Hill Activity vaccine centre in Slough, BerkshireCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd 8Ross told volunteers that he wanted to thank them personallyCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd Sign up at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk And the ex-EastEnders actor says our helpers are the real stars, adding he has never felt so humbled. A visibly emotional Ross, 56, told volunteers at Salt Hill Activity vaccine...
    Republican pollster Frank Luntz has reached a breaking point, by his own admission. Last week Luntz conducted a particularly contentious focus group, including a moment when one individual repeated the baseless claim of a stolen election spread by the former president and others. On the eve of the #Inauguration, I held a focus group of ½ Biden voters and ½ Trump voters. Here are some words they used to describe America right now: • “Seeking solutions”• “Divided”• “Deceased” Things escalated quickly from there… pic.twitter.com/C2uo5EkApf — Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 20, 2021 On Sunday he spoke with Howard Kurtz and said, “They simply don’t believe they’re getting the truth, which is what they want, and they cannot distinguish between what former President Trump says and what others say. That in reality they’re getting their news to affirm themselves rather than inform themselves and that’s a problem.” “It’s the responsibility...
    Trump revokes ethics ban on aides as he exits Washington Galaxy S21 Plus specs vs. S21 Ultra vs. S20 Plus vs. S20 Ultra: Samsung S phones compared Aggregate Is Said to Weigh Rival Bid for Property Group CA Immo (Bloomberg) -- Aggregate Holdings SA is weighing a bid for CA Immobilien Anlagen AG, according to people familiar with the matter, potentially challenging U.S.-based Starwood Capital Group for control of the Austrian property group. © Bloomberg A CA Immobilien Anlagen AG construction site in Berlin, Germany. The real estate investor expressed interest in December in acquiring Starwood Capital’s near 30% stake in CA Immo and was rebuffed, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing confidential information. It is now considering approaching other shareholders with an offer, the people said. Load Error Starwood Capital is on the cusp of triggering a 34.44 euros-per-share offer for the remainder of...
    ANTIFA is a left-wing political movement that Donald Trump branded a "terrorist organization". Its campaigners have sparked controversy - and headlines - after critics claimed they're at the heart of violence in cities across America. 7 Police hold a perimeter near the White HouseCredit: Getty Images - Getty US President Donald Trump and top White House officials allege the group is to blame for much of the bloodshed around the country in the wake of George Floyd's death. Not much evidence has been presented linking the shadowy group to protests, however. Here is more on the controversial political movement. What is Antifa and what does it stand for? Antifa is an umbrella term for far-left militant groups that resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists. They have appeared at protests around the country in recent years, including at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. 7 Demonstrators hold signs...
    US coronavirus: More Covid-19 deaths reported in the past two weeks than any other 14-day period in the pandemic Police investigating TikTok video that may feature missing Arkansas teenager How This Actress Is Helping Breast Cancer Survivors Connect During the Pandemic © Photo: Courtesy of Emma Mead / [@theemmaexperience](https://www.instagram.com/theemmaexperience/) Angela Trimbur The past year has featured a theme of separation, finding us relegated to our homes and trading gatherings and vacations for Zoom calls and long drives. But for those willing to think outside the box, the possibility for connection is still available—and essential. Actress Angela Trimbur, who has appeared in shows like The Good Place and is the founder of the now defunct L.A. City Municipal Dance Squad, is one such creative, offering a virtual space for breast cancer survivors to share, emote, and find understanding in an era where isolation is a mental and physical reality. “It...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. 0000Minnesotans who keep tabs on friends and family in other states might have noticed something lately: their aunt in Texas, their friend’s mom in Florida or their childhood friend who’s a cop in South Dakota — none of whom would be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota right now — are posting on social media about already having gotten their shots. States’ different plans for vaccinating residents against the novel coronavirus have caused some confusion about whether some states are ahead of others in the effort to vaccinate their populations. Some states are ahead of others in per capita terms, but states’ eligibility guidelines are also different, which means they differ not just in how many people have been vaccinated, but...
    ARMY psychological warfare officer Emily Rainey traveled more than 300 miles to attend the pro-Donald Trump rally at Capitol Hill. Rainey was in attendance at the US Capitol Hill protests that resulted in the death of five people, including Capitol police officer Brian D. Sicknick. 6Emily RaineyCredit: AP:Associated Press Who is Captain Emily Rainey? Emily Rainey, 30, was assigned to the 4th Psychological Operations Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to Maj. Daniel Lessard, a spokesman for 1st Special Forces Command. The group is known as PSYOPS, and they use information and misinformation to shape the emotions, decision-making and actions of American adversaries. Why is she being investigated? 6Rainey is an an avid anti-maskerCredit: Instagram 6Rainey led a group of more than 100 people to Washington to participate in the Capitol Hill riotsCredit: Instagram Army officials are reviewing Rainey's involvement in the Capitol Hill protests on January 6,...
    This is the current viral doc around the world. The doc is that there is an application called Signal Messenger application as an alternative to WhatsApp Messenger. In Signal Messenger Personal details were also asked, as asked on the WhatsApp. That talk goes on as a guarantee for eight to eight encryption. Elon Musk says to ‘use the signal application’ to get even hotter. What is Signal Messenger Application? Although it was introduced in 2014, it is now widely known. It is said that the reason for this is that WhatsApp is asking for personal details from its users. The signal can be used on all operating systems such as Android, Windows, iPhone. You can also send voice calls, video calls, text and files over the signal just like WhatsApp. It also has the facility to hide messages automatically. You can only...
    The mayor of Portland Ted Wheeler had his dinner interrupted by protesters before he was punched on Wednesday night as frustrations over how the mayor has responded to recent crises in the city boiled over.  Wheeler was having a drink with a girlfriend when the protesters walked up to him and began shout obscenities at the Democratic mayor.  Portland made national news as riots hit the city for more than 100 nights in a row last summer as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with police in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.   What began with calls to defund the police and reinvest in communities spiraled into anti-government demonstrations, including calls for Wheeler's resignation.  The video shows Wheeler dining at Café Nell's in Northwest Portland when he's approached by a group of protesters.   A group of people confronted Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler while he was dining...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed on Sunday that he will not take the COVID-19 vaccine until it is available for his group in Black, Hispanic and poor communities around New York.Cuomo made the announcement during remarks to Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem on Sunday morning.The governor touched on the importance of not giving into COVID fatigue and urged New Yorkers to maintain their diligence in stopping the spread of the virus.Cuomo said preparations for a massive vaccination program are underway and it is believed that 70% to 90% of all New Yorkers must be vaccinated for it to be effective."That is an enormous number, think of it -- 90 percent of New Yorkers don't agree to do anything, let alone take a vaccine," he said. "This is not only an individual responsibility; it is a community obligation."The governor said one of the pressing challenges facing the state...
    Dozens of homeless squatters have taken over a Washington state Travelodge after a group of local activists booked 16 rooms at the motel to provide shelter for those in need on Christmas Eve. Members of Tacoma Housing Now, an advocacy group for the homeless, reserved multiple rooms at the Fife motel by paying for a one-night stay last Thursday.  The rooms were used to house people who are experiencing homelessness in the area, however, the activists have refused to pay for the accommodation since, The News Tribune reported.  Tacoma Housing Now has been occupying 16 rooms at the Travelodge motel in Fife, Washington since Christmas Eve The homeless advocacy group booked the rooms last Thursday by paying for a one-night stay and is now demanding city and county officials foot the rest of the motel bill by using COVID-19 relief funds The group is now demanding the city of...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson told attendees at a Turning Point USA conference in a video aired Tuesday, to know their “enemy” as “the person who’s funding” rioters and vandals in the streets of America. “Your enemy, as horrible as they are, is not some crazed ideologue wearing black, spray painting statues. That person is loathsome and should be in jail, trust me,” Carlson said at the December conference. “But your actual enemy is person who’s funding him and making that kind of behavior possible and is doing it for a very specific reason, to tear down the past, to destroy the past.” (RELATED: ‘Not Doing Their Job’: Trump Criticizes DC Police As Confederate Statue Toppled Right Outside Their Headquarters) Carlson argued that people who want to destroy the past want to “eliminate all reference points. If you have no idea what came before you, you have no idea...
    Telling people to stay home and avoid gathering with loved ones during the holidays to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is easier said than done, according to researchers, who say such barriers often elicit strong outrage.  A paper authored by officials at the University of California, Berkeley cited the psychology of rituals as to why people react harshly to restrictions of holiday gatherings and other traditions. Government orders limiting gatherings and activities have elicited backlash among some people who feel the mandates are too restrictive.  Specifically, prohibitions amid the holiday season have been met with criticism and defiance.  "We view rituals as more important than regular types of group activities because they reflect the values of the group," Dan Stein, a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and lead author of the paper, reported Futurity. PENTAGON SWITCHES TROOPS' THANKSGIVING MEALS TO 'GRAB-AND-GO' TAKEOUT, HALTS DINING HALL FEASTS...
    BRITS shielding from the coronavirus in Tier 4 areas will get extra support from the government, new official guidance states. The clinically extremely vulnerable have been told to stay at home at all times - unless they need to attend a medical appointment. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 2People in the clinically extremely vulnerable group are most at risk from the coronavirus Credit: Getty - Contributor Those in this group are also allowed to go outside for exercise, and have been told to not attend work - even if they are unable to work from home. People in the clinically extremely vulnerable group are the most at risk in society from dying or developing serious issues if they catch Covid-19. People in this group include cancer patients, people with rare diseases and pregnant women with significant heart disease. The updated guidance, which...
    Academics who study cults have revealed the traits that make people most susceptible to being drawn into a 'destructive' organisation - and the red flags to look out for if you're worried about one you have joined.  US-based Steven Hassan, a former Moonie and author of the Cult of Trump, and André Spicer, a professor of organisational behaviour at the Cass Business School in London, spoke to BBC podcast The Orgasm Cult, which is investigating the 'orgasmic meditation' wellness group, OneTaste. OneTaste was founded in 2004 and promoted the benefits of a practice known as 'orgasmic meditation', when a woman has her clitoris 'stroked' by a man - either her partner or another paying participant - in 15-minute sessions. Although members reported feeling sexually liberated and in control of their bodies, others have said the group operated more like a 'cult' led by a charismatic leader - it's founder Nicole Daedone.   ...
    OXFORD'S coronavirus vaccine is up to 90 per cent effective when a half dose is given by a full dose, new data has confirmed. Interim results from pooled studies show the vaccine was 70.4 per cent effective, on average, in preventing Covid-19 after two doses were given. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 3Oxford/AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine has an overall efficacy of 70.4 per cent, according to phase three findingsCredit: AFP or licensors For people given two full doses of the jab in one study, the vaccine was 62.1 per cent effective. In a study where people received a half dose followed by a full dose, the vaccine was 90 per cent effective. The overall efficacy of 70.4 per cent is based on 11,636 volunteers across the United Kingdom and Brazil, and combined across three groups of people vaccinated. Professor Andrew Pollard, director of...
    THREE people were arrested after "f**k USA" was scrawled on a Portland veterans memorial during the Thanksgiving protests. Several arrests were made in the early hours of Thursday morning after the monument was vandalized with red spray paint and its mounted statue was toppled in Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery. 5A Portland memorial dedicated to war veterans appears to have been defaced by vandals overnight on WednesdayCredit: Twitter 5The statue atop the column was also toppled and covered in red paintCredit: Twitter 5Nicole Noriega, 38, was booked by cops in Portland, Oregon Credit: Multnomah County Jail 5Police arrested several suspects – including Chester Hester in the early morning hours of ThanksgivingCredit: Multnomah County Jail 5Bailey Willack was one of the three people arrestedCredit: Multnomah County Jail Cops in the Oregon city said they arrested Chester Hester, 24, Nicole Noriega, 38, and 23-year-old Bailey Willack.  The alleged culprits are being held at...
    A MEMORIAL dedicated to US veterans is one of multiple structures that have been defaced or destroyed as part of a Thanksgiving Day backlash a day after protesters clashed with federal officers in Oregon. Videos and photos shared to social media on Thursday showed the vandalized stone stature in Portland's Lone Fir Cemetery with the words "F**k USA" scrawled in red spray paint. 3A Portland memorial dedicated to war veterans appears to have been defaced by vandals overnight on WednesdayCredit: Twitter 3The statue atop the column was also toppled and covered in red paintCredit: Twitter Conservative journalist Andy Ngo claimed the statue had been vandalized overnight and blamed Antifa for the graffitied monument. Another statue was toppled overnight in Portland by antifa. They vandalized a memorial to veterans in the Lone Fir Cemetery overnight. #antifa pic.twitter.com/LZC7fxMCZZ— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) November 26, 2020 The memorial was unveiled in 1903 to honor...
    Diego Maradona, soccer legend who led Argentina to 1986 World Cup title, dies at 60 The most overweight and obese states in America CVC Is Said to Near Myanmar’s Second-Biggest Deal Ever (Bloomberg) -- Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners is nearing an agreement to buy Myanmar’s biggest telecommunications tower company for close to $700 million, according to people with knowledge of the matter. © Photographer: Romeo Gacad/AFP/Getty Images In this photograph taken on February 25, 2016, a telecom tower (R) is seen near the bamboo scaffolding-clad Sule pagoda tower (L) in Yangon. The buyout firm could sign a deal to acquire Irrawaddy Green Towers Ltd. as soon as next week, said the people, who asked not to be named as the information is confidential. CVC is talking to bankers to secure financing for the deal, the people said. Load Error Deliberations are ongoing and the parties could...
    Multiple political pundits complimented President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet appointments, making the case that the "lifelong public servants" are "not political" and thus represent a "big change" from the Trump administration. "Joe Biden is saying these are people, 'This is a team, who is going to tell me, this team will tell me what I need to know, not what I want to know.' That is a big change," NBC News's Andrea Mitchell said. NBC's Andrea Mitchell cheers the Biden administration being "a big change" from the Trump team because they are "not going to be political" pic.twitter.com/rDDoioai47— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) November 24, 2020 Mitchell was joined in complimenting the new administration by ABC’S Martha Raddatz, who pointed out the incoming team is not “flashy” and is made up of “humble” and “lifelong” public servants. "This is about the least flashy team you could possibly get," Raddatz told ABC...
    CLARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There are troubling new signs about the second wave of coronavirus in New Jersey. Gov. Phil Murphy is urging residents to play it safe over Thanksgiving, saying the state is going into a critical phase to slow the spread, CBS2’s Meg Baker reported. Tuesday was a busy shopping day as people continued their preparations for Thanksgiving and the great unknown ahead, as officials warned things will get worse before they get better. New Jersey saw its highest case count yet — 4,383 COVID-19 positive tests. Hospitalizations were up for the 25th day in a row and deaths have surpassed 15,000. MORE: New York City, New Jersey Working On Ways To Shorten COVID-19 Testing Lines The governor has been pleading with residents to stay home and throw out their invite list because most of the transmissions occur in private settings. He was asked on CBS This Morning if...
    WASHINGTON – Although the Islamic State extremist group is battered and scattered, it cannot be fully defeated until the world finds a way to reconcile and resettle the thousands of people displaced by years of war in Iraq and Syria, the general overseeing American military operations in the Mideast said Thursday. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said there is no military means of solving the problem of Mideast refugees and internally displaced persons, or IDPs, who await repatriation or resettlement and represent what he called an unfortunate byproduct of armed conflicts. “Today, across vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, the systemic indoctrination of IDP and refugee camp populations who are hostage to the receipt of ISIS ideology is an alarming development with potentially generational implications,” McKenzie said in remarks to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He said a solution must come from a joint effort...
    By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Although the Islamic State extremist group is battered and scattered, it cannot be fully defeated until the world finds a way to reconcile and resettle the thousands of people displaced by years of war in Iraq and Syria, the general overseeing American military operations in the Mideast said Thursday. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said there is no military means of solving the problem of Mideast refugees and internally displaced persons, or IDPs, who await repatriation or resettlement and represent what he called an unfortunate byproduct of armed conflicts. “Today, across vast swaths of Syria and Iraq, the systemic indoctrination of IDP and refugee camp populations who are hostage to the receipt of ISIS ideology is an alarming development with potentially generational implications,” McKenzie said in remarks to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. He said...
    A single mother working at a sport's bar was fired for posting a video of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts maskless amid the coronavirus pandemic and dining with a group on Election Night. Karina Montanez, of Omaha, Nebraska, was working her shift at DJ Dugout when she spotted a maskless Gov. Ricketts laughing and conversing with at least seven women.  The 25-year-old mother told The Daily Beast that only one person was wearing a face mask, and it wasn't Ricketts, who reportedly talked and took photos with other un-maksed patrons. 'I don’t understand why it’s so hard for him to understand what he’s doing is hypocrisy and puts everyone at risk,' she told Daily Beast. Feeling shocked by Ricketts' behavior, Montanez took video of the encounter on Snapchat and later shared it to her Twitter. Karina Montanez (right), a 25-year-old mother to Mila (left), was fired from DJ Dugouts in Omaha,...
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A group that represents North Carolina's 130 hospitals has joined a growing number of organizations and governments that have declared racism to be a public health crisis. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Wednesday that the North Carolina Healthcare Association has pledged to work harder to provide equitable care to everyone. The association said that challenges to achieving that goal are barriers to employment, education and economic opportunity that people face because of their race. The resolution from the North Carolina hospitals association also refers to the coronavirus pandemic and long-term health disparities that “impact people of color and other marginalized groups.” “Persistent racism, one of several social injustices driving widening disparities of care disproportionately harming people of color, is an urgent threat to our public health in North Carolina,” the association wrote in a statement. “It’s time to elevate this issue to mission critical status.”...
    An Anitfa-aligned group's tweet that seems to celebrate arson doesn't violate the site's policies because the post's language is too vague, according to Twitter. Fox News noted Monday that Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front tweeted "this is so cool" in response to an article about officials investigating alleged arson targeting a law enforcement officer. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on Friday that federal law enforcement agencies were investigating the issue, although the Washington County Sheriff's Office already claimed the incident was arson. A law enforcement official reportedly said that there was a "concern in this case that the officer was surveilled and followed home." Twitter's Elizabeth Busby told Fox News on Tuesday that the tweet didn't violate its rules and linked to its policy on safety and other issues. ANTIFA-ALIGNED GROUP CHEERS ALLEGED ARSON AT POLICE OFFICER'S HOME, TWITTER ALLOWS TWEET The social media company's prohibition against glorifying violence warns that doing so could "inspire others to take part...
    (CNN)Decades after 11 people were killed and dozens of homes were destroyed in Philadelphia when police deployed a bomb, the city has issued its first official apology.Tensions between police and MOVE, a Black liberation group, had been brewing since the 1970s and culminated with the deadly bombing in West Philadelphia on May 13, 1985 after city officials decided to evict the group. Last week, the city council passed the resolution after the measure was introduced earlier in this year to coincide with the 35th anniversary.Councilwoman Jamie Gauthier, who sponsored the measure, said the pain caused by the bombing has contributed to the ongoing distrust between police and residents -- something that became evident when protests erupted after Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, was killed by police last month. The apology comes just weeks after officials in Greensboro, North Carolina, formally apologized for the deaths of five people during...
    While we all sit around pondering the political universe while we’re waiting for Pennsylvania and Georgia and Nevada to announce final results, I would like to post a chart that I’ve posted many times before. It’s from Gallup, and it shows how many people consider themselves liberal vs. conservative: The good news is that liberals have been making progress over the past few decades. The bad news is that we’re still a small minority. Only about a quarter of the country considers itself liberal, way behind the number who consider themselves conservative. Like it or not, this is the playing field. Here’s a breakdown by demographic group: There is literally only one demographic group which is more than one-third liberal: people with postgraduate degrees. Every single other group—whether broken down by gender, age, income, race, or region—is well under a third liberal. Even among the youngest voters, only...
    Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro retweeted a false claim on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had the support of armed militias tasked with intimidating voters in the run-up to this year’s presidential election. Maduro retweeted the comments of Argentine left-wing political analyst Atillo Boron, who claimed that Trump had employed “armed militias” in Louisville, Kentucky, to intimidate the general public, posting a photo of what appeared to be a march in Trump’s favor featuring legally armed citizens. Socialist dictator Hugo Chávez made private firearms ownership illegal in Venezuela before his death in 2013. “USA: What would the spokesmenof [sic] the BULLSHIT NEWS (JMS, NC, JL, AL, DL, etc) say if they saw an image like this in Caracas or Buenos Aires?” Boron wrote. “They would cry out to heaven. But it’s Trump’s armed militias in Louisville and that’s no problem. Media hitmen obedient to their masters.” EEUU:¿qué dirían los vocerosde la...
            by Philipp Jenne and Geir Moulson  VIENNA, Austria (AP) — A man who had previously tried to join the Islamic State group rampaged in Vienna armed with an automatic rifle and a fake explosive vest, fatally shooting four people before he was killed by police, Austrian authorities said Tuesday. Witnesses described dozens of screaming people fleeing the sounds of gunshots Monday night in a nightlife district crowded with revelers enjoying the last hours before a coronavirus lockdown. Others barricaded themselves inside restaurants for hours until they were sure the danger had passed. Video that appeared to be from the scene showed a gunman, dressed in white coveralls, firing off bursts seemingly at random as he ran down the Austrian capital’s dark cobblestone streets. While the attack lasted just minutes, authorities said only on Tuesday afternoon that there was no indication of a second attacker —...
    By Philipp Jenne and Geir Moulson | Associated Press VIENNA — A man who had previously tried to join the Islamic State group rampaged in Vienna armed with an automatic rifle and a fake explosive vest, fatally shooting four people before he was killed by police, Austrian authorities said Tuesday. Witnesses described dozens of screaming people fleeing the sounds of gunshots Monday night in a nightlife district crowded with revelers enjoying the last hours before a coronavirus lockdown. Others barricaded themselves inside restaurants for hours until they were sure the danger had passed. Video that appeared to be from the scene showed a gunman, dressed in white coveralls, firing off bursts seemingly at random as he ran down the Austrian capital’s dark cobblestone streets. While the attack lasted just minutes, authorities said only on Tuesday afternoon that there was no indication of a second attacker — adding to tension in...
    VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s top security official says that four people have died — including one assailant — after a shooting in the heart of Vienna late Monday. Interior Minister Karl Nehammenr told reporters Tuesday that two men and a woman have died from their injuries. A suspected attacker, who was carrying an assault rifle and a fake suicide vest, was also shot and killed by police. Nehammer said that initial investigations indicate that the suspect who was killed had sympathized with the Islamic State group. “The attacker sympathized with the militant terrorist group IS,” Nehammer told reporters. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation. Authorities were still trying to determine whether further attackers may be on the run. People in Vienna have been urged to stay at home Tuesday. Fifteen people were injured in the attack in the center of the capital, among them a police officer. The...
    Twitter users are delighting in some very contentious drama taking place in a Facebook group... about Crock-Pot cooking. The group appears to be for home cooks to share their favorite tips, tricks, and recipes for using Crock-Pots — but while slow-cookers are all about keeping the cooking temperature low, some members of the group seem to be a bit hot-headed. The brouhaha recently reached a boiling point when one of the group's moderators went on rant about 'rude and condescending' members who considered themselves 'crockpot masters' who were too good to help others — and asked them to butt out and leave if they couldn't play nice. All the drama! Twitter users are delighting in some very contentious drama taking place in a Facebook group... about Crock-Pot cooking Chill! One of the group's moderators went on rant about 'rude and condescending' members who considered themselves 'crockpot masters' who were...
    NEW Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett is reported to have connections to religious group People of Praise.  Here’s everything we know about the controversial group, and what its members believe. 4People of Praise was founded in 1971 in South Bend, Indiana 4New Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett is reported to have connections to the groupCredit: 2020 Getty Images What is People of Praise? People of Praise is a small, tightly knit Christian group which was founded in 1971 in South Bend, Indiana. The group "grew out of the Catholic charismatic renewal movement that began in the late 1960s and adopted Pentecostal practices such as speaking in tongues, belief in prophecy and divine healing," NYT reports. It has since grown into a community of about 1,700 members in 22 cities across the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, according to its website. Although its members are broadly of the Christian...
    In New Jersey’s most segregated county, racism and coronavirus made a ‘vicious circle’ The most delicious burger and fries in your state Ant Group Is Said to Win China Approval for Hong Kong IPO Plan (Bloomberg) -- Jack Ma’s Ant Group Co. won a key approval from the China Securities Regulatory Commission for its listing in Hong Kong, paving the way for what could be the world’s biggest initial public offering, according to people familiar with the matter. © Bloomberg People walk past the Ant Group Co. mascot displayed at the company's headquarters in Hangzhou, China, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Jack Ma's Ant Group is seeking to raise $17.5 billion in its Hong Kong share sale and won't seek to lock in cornerstone investors, confident there will be plenty of demand for one of the largest equity deals in the financial hub, according to people familiar with the...
    MICHIGAN Gov Gretchen Whitmer accused President Trump of inciting "domestic terrorism" following "lock her up" chants at his rally in the state on Saturday. “The president is at it again and inspiring and incentivizing and inciting this kind of domestic terrorism,” Whitmer said during an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. ⚠️ Follow our US election 2020 live blog for the latest news & updates 6Michigan Gov Gretchen Whitmer accused Trump of 'inciting domestic terrorism'Credit: AP:Associated Press 6Trump's fans chanted 'lock her up' at a campaign event in MichiganCredit: Getty Images - Getty The governor's comments come a week after the FBI uncovered a plot by a local militia group to kidnap her. "It is wrong. It’s got to end. It is dangerous, not just for me and my family, but for public servants everywhere who are doing their jobs and trying to protect their fellow Americans,"...
    Denver has a lot to reckon with — gentrification, the political divide, racism, sexism and more — and that's exactly what the group Soul Stories is all about, says Creative Director Shelsea Ochoa. Through community gatherings, podcasts and large-scale performances, the organization tackles hard topics and works toward community healing. Now a year into the project, the group just released a podcast hosted by founder Danny Mazur and produced by Ochoa and former Westword staff writer and The Syndicate Podcast host Chris Walker; the show looks into the death of Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old massage therapist and violinist who died after a violent encounter with the Aurora Police Department in August 2019. Westword caught up with Ochoa to find out more about the podcast, which comes out today, October 16.  Related Stories Play It Forward: Alex Blocker Is Making Music for a Better World Lares Feliciano Mourns Victims of Police Violence in...
    (CNN)The recent killing of Felycya Harris, a Black transgender woman, marks a tragic milestone: It means 2020 is now tied as the deadliest year for transgender and gender-nonconforming people -- and there are still three months left in the year. That's according to the Human Rights Campaign, which has been tracking that data since 2013. Harris is at least the 31st transgender or gender-nonconforming person in the US to be killed this year, most of whom have been Black and Latinx transgender women, the organization said. 2017 saw 31 deaths.Harris, 33, was found shot dead at a park in Augusta, Georgia, on Saturday. Her death was ruled a homicide, and a suspect has yet to be identified."We mourn the individuals we have lost this year while remembering them for who they were: our partners, family members, friends and community members," HRC President Alphonso David said in a statement. Read More"Not...
    Fort Collins photographer Joe Pekara is ecstatic. He’s being honored by the Smithsonian Institution with a cultural recognition award for being the first Indigenous person and member of the American Indian Movement to be nominated for multiple Smithsonian and Grammy awards. “With all that has been happening this year and over many lifetimes of how America was stolen [and] the social injustices happening today, we really wanted to bring to light and recognize him as part of AIM,” says Linda Porter, senior project contest manager and judge for the Smithsonian. Related Stories Nappy Roots's Grammy-Nominated Photographer Lives in Fort Collins Denver Public Library Wants You to Contribute to the Social Distanzine A New Photo Series Upends Representations of Men of Color It’s a big deal, and Pekara is humbled and thankful for the recognition. But he’s not excited because the award will be good for his career. “I don’t want it...
    Trump plots return to campaign trail as soon as Monday despite COVID-19 diagnosis Pinders HR helps rally As past Astros 9-7, trail ALDS 2-1 Selling Sunsets Davina Potratz Is Leaving the Oppenheim Group: A Purely Business Decision Davina Potratz will be leaving her job at the Oppenheim Group — but she’s not done with the real estate industry.  © Provided by People Lindy Lin The Selling Sunset star revealed exclusively to PEOPLE that she will be moving on from her current job and her team of coworkers-turned-costars on the hit Netflix reality show and joining rival Douglas Elliman in Beverly Hills. “I’m really excited to be a part of Douglas Elliman and their very sophisticated and global new development division,” Potratz tells PEOPLE, explaining that she had connections at the brokerage and they presented her with an offer that she couldn’t refuse. “My background is in new development sales and...
    She participated in this, the most elite coronavirus superspreader event imaginable. Of course she's not qualified. The fact that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett "served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise," in the words of The Washington Post, is a thing. It's a thing that is concerning to a lot of not evangelical or fundamentalist Christian Americans. Republicans are, however, trying to make that a landmine for Democrats, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell leading the way. They're saying any questions about her rather out-of-the-mainstream practice is an attack on faith. They are in fact itching to have a fight about her religion. But that's eliding a larger problem: Barrett has been actively trying to cover-up her association with People of Praise and her fundamentalist beliefs, and People of Praise have been helping. This is what Democrats need to be focusing on. The Post reports that while...
    ATHENS, Greece — A Greek court ruled Wednesday that the far-right Golden Dawn party was operating as a criminal organization, delivering landmark guilty verdicts following a politically charged five-year trial against dozens of defendants. Golden Dawn, founded as a neo-Nazi group in the 1980s, rose to become Greece’s third-largest party during the country’s recent financial crisis and was seen as a model for many extreme-right groups worldwide. The court ruled that seven of the 18 former party lawmakers, including party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, were guilty of leading a criminal organization. The rest were found guilty of participating in a criminal organization. In all, there were 68 defendants in a trial encompassing four cases. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the verdict “ends a traumatic cycle” in the country’s public life. “(It’s) a truly historic day for Greece, democracy, and the rule of law,” he tweeted following a televised address. “After the...
    Conservatives condemned a Tuesday Washington Post on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. The Washington Post story, titled “Amy Coney Barrett served as a ‘handmaid’ in Christian group People of Praise,” examines Barrett’s connections to the religious group and suggests that her association with People of Praise may be examined in her upcoming hearings. “The Brett Kavanaugh sleaze machine is back,” said Judicial Crisis Networks’ Carrie Severino. Conservatives condemned a Tuesday Washington Post story suggesting that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett should be questioned during her confirmation hearings on her connections with a religious group. “The Brett Kavanaugh sleaze machine is back,” said Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino in a Wednesday morning tweet, adding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is “exactly right: The Democrats and their liberal allies think Judge Barrett is ‘too Christian’ or ‘the wrong kind of Christian’ to be a good judge. That is...
    President Trump seems to be doing well since his coronavirus diagnosis, Dr. Inglesby of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health told “Fox News Sunday.” “The news we heard yesterday was largely encouraging,” he said. “The fact that the president is not requiring oxygen, that a number of lab tests were reported to be normal and he was able to deliver that video yesterday.” But Inglesby said White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows’ announcement that the president required oxygen on Friday was “worrisome” and it would be helpful to know the results of some other tests presumably conducted at Walter Reed Medical Center such as a chest x-ray or CT scan. PRESIDENT TRUMP COULD RETURN TO WH 'AS EARLY AS TOMORROW,' IF CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE, DOCTORS SAY According to the CDC, about one-third of COVID-19 patients above the age of 65 required hospitalizations leading up to June 2020, and eight...
    Not all of Halloween is canceled in Colorado in 2020, even if most people are still trying to figure out what the holiday is going to look like during a pandemic that's already causing nightmares. With COVID-19 limiting our ability to get together, many people are on the hunt for safe events to celebrate the spooky season. Lucky for them, there are still plenty of haunted attractions this year, from corn mazes to drive-ins, all with social distancing and health guidelines in place. Here are ten things to do to celebrate Halloween in Denver and beyond this year. Denver Botanic Gardens Corn Maze Chatfield Farms, 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton Fridays through Sundays, through October 31 For those interested in celebrating the changing season, a corn maze is a perfect activity. The Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms location will have a seven-acre corn maze available...
    Defeat by Tweet's homepage seen on October 1, 2020. Defeat by Tweet Defeat by Tweet is a super PAC trying to stop President Donald Trump from getting reelected in November. The group asks people to pledge a few cents to donate to Black-owned Democratic campaigns in swing states every time Trump tweets. "I think the one thing that people enjoy is that we're trolling the biggest troll on the planet," founder Xander Schulz told Insider. The campaign has found some high-profile supporters, like Mark Ruffalo, John Legend, and Trump's former press secretary Anthony Scaramucci. The campaign has so far raised over $2.7 million since it's founding in June, with 36,913 donors. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As the US presidential election looms, Democrats across the country are trying to find ways to vote out President Donald Trump. One way, as Xander Schulz has found, is to...
    (CNN Business)Facebook is pushing groups further into the spotlight, while also introducing new tools to help tamp down unsavory content. Groups have emerged as a key source of engagement and core part of the platform. But they've also come under fire for driving polarization and extremism, as well as for pushing people toward bogus medical cures. More than half of Facebook's global users are members of five or more active groups and more than 1.8 billion people connect with groups each month, according to the company. At Facebook's annual conference for group administrators on Thursday -- which was virtual this year due to the pandemic -- the company outlined several updates, including changes that make it easier for people to find new groups and content from groups.Facebook takes a big step in linking Instagram, Messenger and WhatsAppFacebook's biggest update is bringing groups to the forefront: In the coming months, the...
    Wikimedia Commons Jesse Barrett and Amy Coney Barrett. Jesse Barrett, a former federal prosecutor in Indiana who often handled gun cases, is the husband of federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is a finalist to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the United States Supreme Court. Barrett’s name is being raised again as a possible nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court now that Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. Together, the Barretts are raising seven children, including two who were born in Haiti and a special needs child. They have been married for more than 18 years. At only 48-years-old in fall 2020, Barrett is relatively young. The Washington Times has reported that Barrett was considered a front runner for the nomination last time, but she didn’t get that nod. She’s widely expected to be Trump’s likely pick to replace Ginsburg. You can read her Judiciary Committee questionnaire from when...
    RELIGIOUS group People of Praise has come under the spotlight as connections emerge between the community and Trump's leading Supreme Court pick. Frontrunner Amy Coney Barrett is reportedly connected to the tight knit group. So why is it controversial and what do its members believe? 3People of Praise was founded in 1971 in South Bend, Indiana 3Although its members are broadly of the Christian faith and the majority are CatholicsCredit: Getty Images - Getty What is People of Praise? People of Praise is a small, tightly knit Christian group which was founded in 1971 in South Bend, Indiana. The group "grew out of the Catholic charismatic renewal movement that began in the late 1960s and adopted Pentecostal practices such as speaking in tongues, belief in prophecy and divine healing," NYT reports. It has since grown into a community of about 1,700 members in 22 cities across the US, Canada,...
    WANT to get your home looking spooktacular for Halloween? Poundland is selling light-up pumpkins that are flying off shelves.  Numerous shoppers have shared the glass ornaments already up in their homes and said they love the £1.50 item.  5Poundland is selling light-up glass pumpkins - and they look like a must-have Halloween itemCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook One person shared a Halloween scene they have made, with the pumpkins, jars and foliage, and wrote: “Glass Pumpkin Light from Poundland. GO! GO! GO!”  Another person shared their pumpkins arranged near their log fireplace, in an autumnal display.  They added: “Light up pumpkins from poundland.  “I like them that much im gunna keep them all year round.  look so much more expensive than they actually are!” 5Many people have already snapped up the £1.50 item for their homesCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook 5One shopper shared how they have...
    CONOR BENN walked away from social media at the peak of his pulling power - to preserve his mental health. At 23, and in a mandatory position for British and Commonwealth welterweight title fights, he should be loving using Instagram and Facebook to interact with his fans. 6Conor Benn has taken himself off Instagram to preserve his mental healthCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd But the dark side of this tech phenomenon - the focus of new film The Social Dilemma - has forced the Brit to turn off. Getting whacked in hardcore sparring sessions at the talent-packed Tony Sims gym are par for the course - but Benn has limits . . .  After another gruelling workout, the son of boxing legend Nigel warned: “Social media is a killer. “It does have benefits but I now feel the bad outweighs the good, especially for mental health and even more so among young people....
    A congressional hearing meant to brief lawmakers on the greatest global threats to the United States quickly evolved into a question session about the existence of antifa, a far-left militant faction, as House members on the Homeland Security committee seemed flummoxed and in disagreement about the nature of the movement. Lawmakers focused their questions to FBI Director Christopher Wray on whether antifa is real, a conspiracy theory, who leads it, and how the government should respond, even though the witnesses focusing their opening remarks on foreign, not domestic, threats. "Chairman Nadler has said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that basically antifa is a fantasy made up by the radical right or Fox News or something to that effect," said Rep. Debbie Lesko, an Arizona Republican. "Would you agree with that? Is antifa a total fantasy, or is it real?" Wray said antifa is a "real thing,"...
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and foreigners. The humanitarian agency surveyed 5,000 people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan and found about half blamed a specific group for spreading the coronavirus, with many mentioning Chinese people, immigrants and foreigners. “It is particularly concerning that both national migrant and foreign workers are blamed for the spread of COVID-19 as they are quite vulnerable already,” Dr Viviane Fluck, one of the lead researchers and the agency’s Asia Pacific community engagement and accountability coordinator, told Reuters. She said there should be more focus on combating “rumors that are linked to underlying power dynamics and structural issues of inequality.” More than half of the Indonesians surveyed blamed “foreigners and rule-breakers” while in Myanmar, the groups most often thought to be responsible...
    (Reuters) - The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and foreigners. The humanitarian agency surveyed 5,000 people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan and found about half blamed a specific group for spreading the coronavirus, with many mentioning Chinese people, immigrants and foreigners. "It is particularly concerning that both national migrant and foreign workers are blamed for the spread of COVID-19 as they are quite vulnerable already," Dr Viviane Fluck, one of the lead researchers and the agency's Asia Pacific community engagement and accountability coordinator, told Reuters. She said there should be more focus on combating "rumors that are linked to underlying power dynamics and structural issues of inequality". More than half of the Indonesians surveyed blamed "foreigners and rule-breakers" while in Myanmar, the groups most often thought to...
    THE Black Lives Matter protester who downed an elderly couple's drink as activists shouted "f*** white people" has been charged alongside two others. Monique Craft, 35, Kenneth McDowell, 33, and Shawn Green, 24, were charged on Monday. 8Monique Craft, 35, has been arrestedCredit: Facebook 8Shawn Green, 24, who goes as Lorenzo Rulli, was also chargedCredit: Facebook 8Cops identified McDowell as the 'ringleader'Credit: Facebook Craft was charged with theft, conspiracy and simply trespass, while McDowell was charged with possessing instruments of crime, conspiracy, harassment and two counts of disorderly conduct. Green, who goes by the name of Lorenzo Rulli, faces charges of disorderly conduct, conspiracy, criminal mischief and simply trespass. The arrests were made just one week after footage from the anti-racism demonstrations in Pennsylvania showed a group of protesters screaming expletives at white diners before one protester appears to swipe an elderly couple's beer. Craft - who is seen in the...
    Cynthia Nixon is still confused about how an author her family idolized could make such jarring remarks about the transgender community. The “Sex and the City” star-turned-politician, 54, opened up about the reaction she and her family had regarding J.K. Rowling’s tweets that argue “sex is real” among other anti-trans comments. Her 23-year-old son with her ex-husband, Samuel Mozes, is transgender. “It was really painful for him because so much of his childhood was tied up with ‘Harry Potter,'” Nixon told The Independent. “We’re a ‘Harry Potter’ family. The books seem to be about championing people who are different, so for her to select this one group of people who are obviously different and sort of deny their existence, it’s just… it’s really baffling. I know she feels like she’s standing up for feminism, but I don’t get it.” Rowling, 55, defended her opinion in a lengthy essay, saying that...
    Authorities in Panama have discovered a new mass grave in a remote area where in January they found the remains of seven people that police believe were tortured and killed by a religious sect. Prosecutors said Monday they believe a different sect is responsible for the new mass grave, however. The state prosecutor's office said investigators were supervising the exhumation of skeletal remains from the site in the indigenous Ngabe Bugle region, 350 kilometers (210 miles) north of the capital. Authorities in Panama have discovered a new mass grave in a remote area in Panama, pictured above and below  The state prosecutor's office said investigators were supervising the exhumation of skeletal remains from the site in the indigenous Ngabe Bugle region Investigators had to hike for 10 hours through mountains to reach the site, near the source of the Chucara River. 'At this time it is not...
    (CBS Local)- The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to make adjustments and television productions are no different. The Dr. Phil show, entering its 19th season Monday, recently returned to the studio to film this season of shows. With the return to the studio, there have been plenty of adjustments to accommodate for the realities of every day life in this time. Dr. Phil spoke with CBS Local’s Ryan Mayer about returning to the studio, the changes that have been made and the premiere shows of the season. A two-part episode that focuses on a woman named Amy who calls herself “Mother God” and claims to be capable of performing spiritual surgery with her hands and talks to dead people. RM: Dr. Phil, thank you for taking the time today. You’re returning to the studio now amid what has been an unusual year, what has been the most gratifying...
    As wildfires rage worse than ever across California, firefighters have pleaded with locals not to battle the blazes on their own. Now they might have a new worry during a year of violent unrest across America: unsanctioned fire rescue efforts organized by hyper-partisan Facebook groups comprised at least in part of Blue Lives Matter-style vigilantes. Defend East County, a 20,000-person Facebook group that organized in opposition to Black Lives Matter protests near San Diego, has begun fire rescue missions, especially for animals, according to recent posts by members in the group.  On their face, fire rescue campaigns may sound like an unambiguous good—the Valley Fire in the area had claimed some 17,000 acres and dozens of buildings by Tuesday afternoon. But state and local officials say amateur efforts can impede professional firefighters.  Add in a group involved in multiple recent violent confrontations, and the situation can turn potentially explosive. ...
    An assailant has smashed a bottle containing a 'chemical agent' in the Siberian offices of a Russian opposition group backed by poisoned Putin critic Alexei Navalny. Two people were taken to hospital on Tuesday for tests after the masked assailants entered the offices of the Anti-Corruption Foundation in Novosibirsk, Siberia's biggest city. The attack comes ahead of city council elections on Sunday in which the opposition group is standing against Putin's ruling party. Navalny, 44, was in Novosibirsk last month to promote opposition candidates before he fell ill with apparent Novichok poisoning on a flight and was taken to a Berlin hospital.  An assailant has smashed a bottle containing a 'chemical agent' in the Siberian offices of a Russian opposition group The Novosibirsk 2020 coalition is competing with the ruling party and communists in the regional elections, the first since Putin secured another 16 years in power in at a controversial referendum in...
    (CNN)On Wednesday, President Donald Trump did something incredibly dangerous.Asked by a reporter about QAnon, a conspiracy group that has been labeled a potential domestic terrorism threat by the FBI, Trump said this:"Well, I don't know much about the movement other than I understand they like me very much, which I appreciate. But I don't know much about the movement. I have heard that it is gaining in popularity and from what I hear it's -- these are people that -- they watch the streets of Portland -- when they watch what happened in New York City in just the last six or seven months, but this was starting even four years ago when I came here. Almost four years, can you believe it?"These are people that don't like seeing what's going on in places like Portland, and places like Chicago, and New York and other cities and states. And I've...
    Fox News’ Sandra Smith pressed White House Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday over President Donald Trump’s winking at people who buy into the QAnon conspiracy theory movement. During an interview with McEnany for America’s Newsroom, Smith raised the criticism Trump has received for speaking positively about the wacky online cult. When asked if the president supports QAnon, McEnany dismissed the question, said “I never heard the president mention” the group, and claimed the media exaggerates their significance. Smith followed up by noting how Trump told reporters that he has heard of QAnon and called them “people that love our country.” “He is talking about his supporters,” McEnany responded. “He believes his supporters are good hard working people that love this country. He is not in the business of basket-of-deplorable politics.” “Does he want the support of that group?” Smith asked. “He doesn’t even — he has not at all looked...
    A bride was slammed online after ranting about guests who said they would not attend her wedding because of COVID-19.  The unnamed US-based bride had shared a screenshot of a friend's answer to an RSVP, where they told her they didn't want to attend gatherings.  Annoyed at the friend's decision, she said she didn't care about any of her guests except her fiance and said she had the right to be annoyed, as her wedding was 'her day.' Her rant was shared on the That's It, I'm Wedding Shaming group on Facebook, where she was called an 'a******' for reaction this way.  Another bride spotted the message in a wedding preparation group and shared it to the shaming group, saying she found it entitled.  A bride-to-be was slammed after ranting at people who decided not to attend her wedding due to covid-19 (stock image) The bride doubled-down and...
    Coronavirus kills two generations of beloved Latino doctors Heres why this recession has been different from any other Video Games Against Violence: How One Nonprofit is Creating Change © Play NYC On February 15, 2006, Drew Crecente's high school-aged daughter, Jennifer Ann, was killed by an ex-boyfriend. Shortly after her death, Crecente started a nonprofit charity organization focused on preventing abusive behavior among teenagers. "I really had no idea that teen dating violence was the issue that it is, it wasn’t on my radar," he tells The Hollywood Reporter. The goal of Jennifer Ann's Group, at the time, was to increase awareness about potentially dangerous situations and provide educational resources so that other parents could recognize red flags and get help.  Crecente created a website to share warning signs of abusive relationships. He held T-shirt and poster design contests, eventually trying most "traditional outreach methods." Then in 2008, Crecente...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Busted. Mayor Lori Lightfoot this weekend saw sun lovers violating COVID-19 safety rules – and she has since taken action and has also said more restrictions could follow. As CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reported Sunday night, it all started Saturday with a photo that came across Mayor Lightfoot’s Twitter account. The number of new COVID-19 cases, and the positive test rate for the virus have been climbing steadily in Chicago and across Illinois for the past several weeks, prompting Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker to caution that they might be forced to resume some restrictions that were lifted earlier this summer if new cases aren’t brought under better control. Its called a pandemic, people. This reckless behavior on Montrose Beach is what will cause us to shut down the parks and lakefront. Dont make us take steps backwards. pic.twitter.com/FHxeYfH7Wf — Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 8, 2020...
    President Trump confidante and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani derided the Black Lives Matter movement. Giuliani, who made the comments on Thursday's episode of Fox & Friends, argued that the organization, which regained the national spotlight following George Floyd's death at the hands of law enforcement officials in May, is a terrorist organization. The former New York City mayor compared the Black Lives Matter movement to antifa, a loosely affiliated group of left-wing anti-fascists who have resorted to violence at times, and suggested that both are "domestic terrorist groups, without any doubt.” “You know who knows that best? African Americans. I’ve actually had them tell me, 'Why aren’t they classified as a terrorist group?'” Giuliani claimed. “Just because they are black, and nobody can say it? ... Stop the nonsense. These are killers, and these are people who hate white people. They are people who hate white men, in particular, and...
    President Trump called Black Lives Matter a 'Marxist group', questioned its credibility and made fun of athletes for taking a knee in a rambling interview with Fox and Friends on Wednesday. The president phoned into his favorite morning show to discuss the anti-police brutality movement and how it had affected sport around the country.  He also said that no other president had done more for the black community than he had, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln.  'Black Lives Matter, when did it start? Marching down the street screaming "pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,"' Trump said in reference to a single 2015 protest in Minneapolis which sparked tensions in the town.  Scroll down for video  The president called the Black Lives Matter movement a 'Marxist group'  Trump was interviewed on Fox and Friends on Wednesday morning where he said it was 'disgraceful' that people took...
    LITTLE VILLAGE — Near 21st Street and California Avenue, a fully stocked refrigerator faces the sidewalk, surrounded by shelving in Little Village. Miles away in a Bridgeport alley, a multi-colored refrigerator with the words “free food,” “comida gratis” and “the Love Fridge” sits outside Mars Brewery. Before the end of the week, another refrigerator is set to come to life outside Moreno Liquors in Little Village. Across the city, as residents struggle to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, a group of residents are banding together to bring fully stocked refrigerators to neighborhoods struggling with food insecurity. The grassroots effort, dubbed the Love Fridge, was largely organized through Instagram and paper flyers. It aims to bring free food to neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 on the South and West Sides, said Ashley Godfrey, one of the activists working on the new initiative. “There are so many people out of work because...
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 03: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands on the court in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at Staples Center on March 03, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) LeBron’s organization More Than a Vote plans to pay off the debts and fines of disenfranchised ex-felons. In June, LeBron James founded the voting rights group More Than a Vote with fellow NBA stars including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose, and they recently announced they will be donating $100,000 to help people with felony convictions register to vote. James has been a leading voice for athlete activism amid the racial justice movements that have followed...
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