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    California Governor Gavin Newsom is set to decide on a new bill that would allow for more open-air drug sites across his state, despite the disastrous pilot attempt in San Francisco which is now due to be closed.  The bill, SB 57, was passed yesterday by the state senate and is now with Newsom's office where, if signed, it will be passed into law. It would allow addicts to go take their drugs with needles and other paraphernalia that is paid for by the taxpayer. He has not yet indicated which way he is leaning.  The bill passed yesterday with 21 Democratic votes over 10 Republican rejections and eight no votes recorded.  It does not indicate how many sites are planned for each city, or how many people would be employed.  But it stipulates they all would have to provide clean needles, be trained in CPR and have access to overdose-reversing drugs.  They would also have to 'make public a good neighbor policy that facilitates communication from and to local businesses and residences.' Drug addicts injecting at the Tenderloin Linkage Center...
    What is the background? Both New York City and Washington, D.C., are "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants. But that has not stopped city leaders from complaining about migrants flooding their cities, a glaring symptom of the ongoing border crisis. Bowser, for example, is demanding more federal resources to address the influx of migrants, including the activation of the D.C. National Guard. Over 5,000 migrants have been bussed to the nation's capital since April. Texas began sending them to Biden's doorstep to deliver a message highlighting the federal government's inaction over the border crisis. Adams is also demanding federal intervention after thousands of migrants flooded into the Big Apple in recent months, overwhelming the city's shelter system. Adams blamed Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) for sending the migrants there, but both governors denied those accusations. Unfortunately, Adams has already rejected Abbott's invitation. "Instead of a photo-op at the border, we hope Governor Abbott will focus his energy and resources on providing support and resources to asylum seekers in Texas as we have been hard at work doing in...
    THOUSANDS of Americans can receive a stipend to help pay for gas and transit as part of a new $12.5million program. Chicago is sending out 50,000 $150 gas and 100,000 $50 transit cards to at-need residents via a lottery system but the deadline is closing in just over a month. 1The transit program will go on until September The transit cards can be used at Ventra, the city’s electronic public transit payment system, vending machines, and retail locations located across the city, or digitally via the Ventra website or on the app.  The gas card must be used at any pump within the City of Chicago. Seventy-five percent of the recipients will be area residents that face higher mobility hardships, according to the city's website. The remaining 25 percent of cards will be given out citywide in equal amounts to each ward. Read More on stimulus checksCASH IN Deadline to claim $500 direct payment from $1.2m pot approaching - do you qualify?MONEY SUPPORT Homeowner mortgage 'stimulus checks' - up to $80,000 per household Applications for the program kicked off...
    Major luxury goods mall Beijing SKP, pictured here in 2021, said Friday it would close — with no reopening date specified — after the city confirmed three Covid cases in an apartment community nearby.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — China showed few signs of loosening its zero-Covid control policies as the country continued to battle its worst outbreak in two years. Some businesses have resumed production in Shanghai and northern China. But the capital city of Beijing temporarily closed Friday a large luxury mall and non-essential businesses in one area to control an ongoing spike in cases stemming from the highly transmissible omicron variant. China's top leaders said at a meeting Friday that Covid and the Ukraine crisis have increased challenges and uncertainties for the domestic economy, according to state media. Chinese President Xi Jinping headed the economic meeting, held regularly with China's leadership, known as the Politburo. The leaders noted the mutation's new characteristics and said the country should stick to its "dynamic zero-Covid policy," state media said. That implies the Covid policy will...
    California officials are close to declaring a busy Chick-fil-A a 'public nuisance' due to traffic safety concerns caused by the restaurant's long drive-thru lines.  Earlier this month the Santa Barbara City Council debated what to do about a Chick-fil-A located at 3707 State Street that has caused a headache for local business owners and residents.  City officials said they have been in talks with the location's store operator for years after complaints of ridiculously long lines of vehicles lining up for the restaurant's famous chicken-centric menu items.   Earlier this month the Santa Barbara City Council debated what to do about a Chick-fil-A located at 3707 State Street (pictured) that has caused a headache for local business owners A city council report said during the week the fast food restaurant's drive-though line blocks an entire lane of traffic for up to 90 minutes at its peak The queues of vehicles have blocked everything from driveway entrances of nearby businesses, bicycle lanes, and the sidewalk, a public planning report said.  The long lines have even forced city buses and emergency vehicles to detour to avoid...
    Terrifying footage has revealed the moment a CBS reporter dived to shelter as a massive bomb exploded behind him during a live report from Kyiv.  Charlie D'Agata was broadcasting live for CBS from Ukraine on Thursday night and was handing the segment back to Elaine Quijano at the US offices of the news station when an explosion went off behind him.  Footage shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D'Agata.  Charlie D'Agata was broadcasting live for CBS from Ukraine on Thursday night and was handing the segment back to Elaine Quijano at the US offices of the news station when an explosion went off behind him Footage shows a flash of white light which then turned to amber in the background of the city just behind D'Agata D'Agata immediately turns around to face the explosion before turning back to his colleagues and saying: 'What the hell was that?' He adds: 'I don't know it was almost like lightning. It was a big flash and then...' D'Agata trails off as...
    As the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills were playing in their epic game Sunday night, it was hard to imagine how the Ravens could compete with either of those teams or the Cincinnati Bengals. The conclusion was simple: They couldn’t. If the Ravens had made the playoffs, they would have been a one-and-done reject like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were blown out by the Chiefs in the wild-card round. Among other things, the Bengals, Chiefs and Bills played at a faster pace with much more intensity and speed than the Ravens. To me, that shows Baltimore might be in for a bit of a rebuild, and general manager Eric DeCosta must have a good offseason in free agency and April’s NFL draft. The Ravens have few players who could have started on the defensive front sevens of Buffalo, Kansas City and Cincinnati, and they certainly couldn’t match the speed, play-making ability or offensive schemes of those teams. Baltimore lost its final six games of the 2021 regular season — five of those by eight combined...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Business owners on The Block protested outside City Hall on Tuesday, saying a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would shut down strip clubs and bars on the street by 10 p.m. would cripple their livelihoods. Sara Wantland, a co-owner of Club Pussycat, a strip club on East Baltimore Street, said 70% of business on the street occurs after 10 p.m. READ MORE: Nominate A Principal For The Heart Of The School Awards“Just because our work is a little different from the normal day-to-day work doesn’t mean that it’s not as equivalent as everyone else’s,” she said. “It’s just you chose that career path, and we chose this one.” Nathaniel Brown, owner of Lust at 408 E. Baltimore St., said he has a lot of employees who depend on his business. “I’ve worked my butt off for seven years and put things in place as a business owner, and they’re just trying to snatch it away,” he said. Thiru Vignarajah, a former Maryland deputy attorney general and political candidate who is acting as a spokesman for...
    As the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills were playing in their epic game Sunday night, it was hard to imagine how the Ravens could compete with either of those teams or the Cincinnati Bengals. The conclusion was simple: They couldn’t. If the Ravens had made the playoffs, they would have been a one-and-done reject like the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were blown out by the Chiefs in the wild-card round. Among other things, the Bengals, Chiefs and Bills played at a faster pace with much more intensity and speed than the Ravens. To me, that shows Baltimore might be in for a bit of a rebuild, and general manager Eric DeCosta must have a good offseason in free agency and April’s NFL draft. The Ravens have few players who could have started on the defensive front sevens of Buffalo, Kansas City and Cincinnati, and they certainly couldn’t match the speed, play-making ability or offensive schemes of those teams. Baltimore lost its final six games of the 2021 regular season — five of those by eight combined...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Senate President Bill Ferguson has introduced a bill requiring strip clubs and bars on The Block in downtown Baltimore to close by 10 p.m. Senate Bill 222, introduced by Ferguson on Jan. 12, specifically targets the stretch of strip clubs and bars in the 400 block of E. Baltimore Street downtown, an area bounded by E. Fayette Street to the north, Water Street to the south, Holliday and Commerce streets to the west, Gay Street to the east. READ MORE: Mayor Scott, Commissioner Harrison Join Frosh In Pushing For 'Ghost' Gun BanA news release Thursday said the proposal was a joint effort by Ferguson, 46th District Dels. Luke Clippinger, Robbyn Lewis, and Brooke Lierman, City Councilman Eric Costello and the Baltimore Police Department, which has its headquarters adjacent to The Block. In a statement, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said there were 831 calls for service to The Block and the surrounding area in 2021, including eight shootings with 11 victims, 15 robberies, 17 aggravated assaults and one suspicious death. READ MORE: First Lady Yumi Hogan Tests...
    (CNN)In an attempt to tackle pay inequality, New York City is the latest jurisdiction to require most employers to specify salary ranges for all job postings. The mandate will go into effect in April and will apply to employers with more than four employees but excludes temporary hiring firms. "Our new law shines a light on pay inequity," Helen Rosenthal, a former City Council member and sponsor of the bill, told CNN in a statement. "Including pay ranges in job postings allows job seekers to determine whether they will be able to support themselves and their family when they apply for a job." Not posting the minimum and maximum salaries will be considered an "unlawful discriminatory practice" under the city's human rights law and may result in a fine of up to $125,000. Beverly Neufeld, president of PowHer New York -- a nonprofit organization focused on economic equality for women that worked with Rosenthal on the legislation -- called it a "concrete step in eliminating the causes of wage inequality."Read More"This transformative law will minimize bias, maximize transparency, shift cultural...
    As lame duck Mayor Bill de Blasio departs Gracie Mansion on Friday and incoming Mayor Eric Adams takes the gig, he has a lot of work to do to slow the city's crime wave. The city is on pace to reach 500 murders in the year 2021, something they haven't recorded in 10 years.  As of Thursday, the city has recorded 481 murders which has been fueled by an increase in gun crime, according to city data.  The last time the city hit 500+ murders was 2011, under then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg, when homicides ended up totaling 515.  The rest of the decade had seen a sharp decrease in murders, going down to 419 in 2012 and heading as low as 292 in 2017 under de Blasio. Murders have gone up in New York City each of the last three years, with numbers hitting a 10-year high in 2021 Crime overall has gone up 6.13 percent in New York City from 2020 through December 26, with felony assaults up nearly 10 percent Despite the spike in crime, Mayor Bill de Blasio...
    (CBS DETROIT) – The City of Detroit will close most of its offices beginning on Friday, Dec. 24. in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The closed offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 4. READ MORE: Saginaw Housing Commission To Receive $76K Grant To Help FamiliesPolice, fire, and bus services will continue to operate as scheduled. Here are specific city services that are affected during the holiday closures: The Department of Public Works (DPW) will collect refuse, recycling, and bulk items as regularly scheduled on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Since Christmas and New Year’s days fall on Saturdays, collections will not be delayed. The three drop-off locations, at 6451 E. McNichols, 8221 W. Davison, and 12255 Southfield Rd, will be open during normal hours from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. but are closed on Saturday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) will operate bus service on Christmas and New Year’s Day as a Sunday schedule. Regular weekday bus service will be provided on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. The Detroit...
    Dozens of restaurants and businesses across New York City are closing their doors ahead of the Christmas holiday after the Big Apple became the epicenter of the latest Covid-19 wave fueled by the Omicron variant. Following SantaCon celebrations during the weekend, the city logged a record 21,908 cases - a slight increase over the previous record of 21,027 cases reported the day before - and in response, a host of eateries have closed. At least 50 restaurants have closed across New York City's five boroughs, including Boilermaker in Manhattan's Lower East Side, whose Sippin' Santa annual holiday pop-up cocktail bar is a seasonal favorite. Contento, the popular East Harlem eatery, shut its doors after a customer who dined there last Tuesday tested positive for the virus.  Soon afterward, a restaurant employee tested positive for the virus, according to Eater. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed the surge Monday, saying that the city will experience a 'fast and temporary' spike in Covid cases. Officials are responding by adding 23 testing sites will be added throughout the city, making 112 sites available for...
    (CNN)It's Election Day in America, with a number of high-profile seats up for grabs across the country, most notably the gubernatorial race in Virginia. Voters are also casting ballots for governor in New Jersey, lieutenant governor in Virginia, and mayor in several major American cities, including New York, Boston, Atlanta, Buffalo and Minneapolis, among other races. And while the balance of power isn't expected to shift in Congress, there are also two special elections for the US House in Ohio, plus a special election primary for a House seat in Florida, happening on Tuesday.What to watch in Tuesdays electionsVoters in six states will weigh in on a combined 24 statewide ballot measures, but the highest profile one has been a Minneapolis question that asks voters if they want to remove the police department from the city's charter and replace it with a department of public safety. It'll be the first time voters have the chance to weigh in on the issue of policing -- which is likely to feature prominently in the 2022 midterms -- since George Floyd's murder in...
    A total of 26 New York firehouses have been forced to close after firefighters refused to get vaccinated ahead of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Monday deadline - and a seven-year-old boy died the following day as departments saw major staff shortages.  The Uniformed Firefighters Association revealed a list of FDNY stations that 'have close due to no manpower' and it includes six in Manhattan, nine in Brooklyn, three in Queens, four in the Bronx and four in Staten Island. On Friday FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro warned that the effects of the closures could be catastrophic and 'endanger the lives' of city residents. A day later Robert Resto, 7, was killed and his 54-year-old grandmother were seriously hurt after a deadly blaze engulfed their Washington Heights home around 1.30am Saturday.  Although an FDNY spokesman told the FDNY that the firefighters' response time was not impacted by the 10,951 firefighters who have yet to get vaccinated, just yesterday firefighters were reportedly calling out sick to avoid unpaid leave.  A total of 26 New York firehouses have been forced to close after firefighters refused...
    GARY NEVILLE has been left with egg on his face after his comments urging Manchester United not to re-sign Cristiano Ronaldo re-emerged. United are in pole position to sign the five-time Ballon dOr winner from Italian champions Juventus, who were stunned earlier this week after the Portuguese told them he wants to leave. 3Manchester United are on the verge of completing a stunning deal to re-sign Cristiano RonaldoCredit: Reuters 3The moves comes a few months after Gary Neville urged his old side not to re-sign the Portuguese The Red Devils' pursuit of Ronaldo - who looked on course to join Manchester City - comes a matter of months after they were linked with a shock swoop for the 36-year-old. Neville urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer against re-signing his old team-mate, saying during a Twitter Q&A: "Love him but think it's better to leave the memories where they are." United made the shock decision to move for Ronaldo after neighbours City pulled out of the race for the Juve ace's signature. The Red Devils have tabled a £21million bid and offered the...
    FOLSOM (CBS13) – California’s worsening drought conditions, coupled with constant fires, are prompting one local fire department to declare an emergency. “This year has been pretty unprecedented,” explained Folsom Battalion Chief, Matt McGee. READ MORE: Woodland Bar Shuts Down After Maskless, Unvaccinated Customers Infect Staff With COVID-19 McGee explained that bone-dry brush, with no green, is a scary sight for Folsom firefighters to see close to homes and businesses. “These open spaces create a huge potential for wildland fires to propagate right next to homes,” he said, The fire department is now asking the city to declare a local emergency, giving them the power to close off and ban access to open space areas. Already this year, the department has responded to 47 brush fires. The majority of those have been caused by humans. READ MORE: Structure Fire Spreads To Cars, Apartment Complex In North Highlands “If we can keep those starts from happening, that’s fire we don’t have to fight,” McGee said. Firefighters are hoping to prevent brush fires like one burning just feet from the Beach Hut Deli....
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The demand for vaccines continues to wither in New York City and around the country.It's the last day you can get your vaccine under the big blue whale at the American Museum of National History.You can still get it at a number of state-run and city-run vaccination sites.RELATED | Officials push vaccines over masks as cases rise again in Tri-StateEMBED More News Videos After months of decline amid soaring vaccination rates, coronavirus cases are once again on the rise in the Tri-State area. Meantime, a CDC advisory panel is set to meet Thursday to discuss their recommendations.They will talk about the rare reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome among those receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.They'll also address the eventually need for booster shots of the COVID vaccine.The president said in a town hall he expects the FDA to give full approval of the vaccines soon."My expectation talking to the group of scientists, we put together over 20 of them plus others in the field is that sometime maybe in the beginning of school year, at the...
    Alexei Navalny's top aide and spokeswoman have been detained today after Russian police raided the Saint Petersburg offices of the jailed Kremlin critic ahead of nationwide protests.  Just hours before President Vladimir Putin was due to deliver his annual state of the nation address, Russian police swooped in on Navalny's top aide Lyubov Sobol and spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh in Moscow. The morning police raids came as the Kremlin sent military trucks and police vehicles to close off city centres today to disrupt planned protests on Wednesday evening in support of Navalny who is on hunger strike in prison.   The two close aides were arrested in the capital while monitors reported police raids on Navalny's offices in Saint Petersburg and further arrests of his supporters across the country. Police have already detained eight people taking part in a rally to support Navalny in the Russian city of Magadan. Russian police today detained Alexei Navalny's top aide Lyubov Sobol (right) and spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh (left) in Moscow after they raided Navalny's offices ahead of nationwide protests The morning police...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Approximately one-quarter of the country has been vaccinated so far.On the other side of the coin, more than 71,000 people a day are newly infected with COVID-19.That number is up double from only two weeks ago.ABC News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton discusses the recent Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause and why cases in the United States are rising.Plus, the race for Mayor is heating up, and the candidates are more diverse than ever.Shaun Donovan, a former White House Budget Director and former New York City Housing Commissioner, is one of the many candidates running for the Mayor of New York City.As would be expected, given his experience, housing is a central theme of Donovan's campaign.Donavan speaks about his credentials and why he is the best man for the job.ABC News Political Director Rick Klein and Political Consultant Hank Sheinkopf weigh in on President Biden's announcement to bring the troops home from Afghanistan, raising the number of Supreme Court Justices from 9-13 and raising taxes.WATCH Up Close on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku,...
    Cant wait for Jesus to come fix this: New Capitol attack reveals security gaps, depleted police force What its like to be a reporter in the courtroom during the Derek Chauvin murder trial In Knockout City, you need to think on your toes at all times. The action is always ongoing, and you can find yourself in a skirmish at any moment. Whether on the offensive or defensive, you need to be ready to react at all times. Luckily, in moments where the enemy has a ball, and you do not, you can knock it out of their hands if you are close enough. Here is how. © Provided by GamePur When you are close to an enemy who has a ball and you don’t, you can make them drop the ball by tackling them. To tackle, press Y on Nintendo Switch, Square on PlayStation 4/5, or X on Xbox One/Series X|S. Your character will have a short animation where they lower their shoulder and charge. If you connect with an enemy, they will be knocked back and drop...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A report last week found that failure rates have doubled or even tripled during the second semester at most​ Maryland schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A study out of the Baltimore-based Abell Foundation has some ideas for Baltimore City Schools. It highlights the need for intensive tutoring for 18,000 students in kindergarten through 5th grade; suggests using data to measure their progress; and suggests recruiting tutors from local colleges and universities. It also recommends tapping into the state’s newly approved Kirwin Commission, which focuses on improving K-12 education. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines “Teachers keep teaching, but kids get some individualized one on attention to track their progress in a skill where they had a gap and maybe it wasn’t being addressed in the classroom,” Stephanie Safran, an Education Researcher and Strategist, said. WJZ spoke with Baltimore City Schools, which is already doing one-on-one and small group tutoring. “Getting targeted support and really a regular cadence of that learning, so small, high dosages that...
    Last Sunday, the Canadian Pacific Railway announced that it was purchasing the Kansas City Southern Railway. This is the first merger of big (Class I) railroads since 1996 and will form the first railroad company to span Canada, the United States, and Mexico. You might not immediately see the importance of this merger to Minnesota’s economy, so let me put it another way. Driving around Minnesota, you’ve probably seen bridges like this: Photo by Flickr user bdunnette and used under Creative Commons licenseOr perhaps a locomotive in white, red, and black paint: Photo by Flickr user railsr4me used under Creative Commons licenseOr maybe even this building in downtown Minneapolis, the former Soo Line headquarters: Photo by Flickr user Ken Lund and used under Creative Commons licenseThey’re all associated with the Soo Line, a railroad that’s been part of Minnesota’s economy since the 1880s. The Soo Line has been owned in part (and since 1990, entirely) by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), which headquartered its U.S. operations in Minneapolis for over 120 years… until now. Thus, this merger marks the end...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Many Chicagoans trekked through the snow to get their COVID vaccine Tuesday, but some sites had to close down due to the weather.With vials and syringes ready to go, snow was not about to close vaccination appointments at Innovative Express Care."People want their vaccine and they know they are really hard to get, they are going to do everything they can to get here," said Dr. Rahule Kahare, CEO.RELATED: Chicago COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by zip codeAnd they did snow up; Innovative had only two cancellations."I really wanted the vaccine, if I had to walk I would have walked over an hour, I would not have missed my appointment," said Eric Nikolaus, vaccine recipient."I was thinking about cancelling, but I called and they said still open, so I made my way here," said Anita Smith, vaccine recipient.RELATED: Illinois COVID vaccine map shows how many residents vaccinated by countyUnfortunately, every person scheduled at one of the City of Chicago's supersites missed their appointment, because bad weather forced the city to close all locations Tuesday....
    It’s going to be a quiet Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she was ordering all bars in the city to shut from Friday, Feb. 12 through the holiday on Tuesday, Feb. 16 because of coronavirus-related public health concerns.    "We’re worried about the entire city and that’s why we’re putting these guidelines in place," Cantrell told reporters at a press conference Friday. Mayor LaToya Cantrell said she was ordering all bars in the city to shut from Friday, Feb. 12 through the holiday on Tuesday, Feb. 16 because of coronavirus-related public health concerns.    (Fox News/Charles Watson) PENTAGON WILL DEPLOY TROOPS TO ASSIST COVID-19 VACCINE DRIVE Popular destinations for celebrating Mardi Gras, including Bourbon Street, will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles. No liquor sales will be allowed anywhere in the French Quarter, even from liquor stores. To-go beverages will also be banned for the five-day period, the mayor added. The city plans to put up fences and barricades in an effort to prevent revelers from congregating in areas like the Claiborne Underpass, and police...
    ARSENAL and Manchester United played out a goalless draw in their highly-anticipated clash at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners went into the match looking to go level on points with rivals Spurs, while United hoped to bolster their title hopes. 8Alexandre Lacazette struck the bar with a measured free-kickCredit: PA:Press Association 8David Luiz rose highest to deny Bruno FernandesCredit: Getty Images - Getty Neither side managed to muster their best attacking play, however, with chances at a premium in the first-half. David Luiz was as fired up as ever, celebrating wildly after blocking a Bruno Fernandes free-kick. It was then Alexandre Lacazette that went close from a dead ball, striking the underside of the crossbar after being fouled by Harry Maguire. Marcus Rashford lashed the ball into the side netting moments before being substituted, while Nicolas Pepe curled a shot inches wide with ten minutes remaining. Edinson Cavani then had Gunners hearts in their mouths in the 89th minute, but couldn't volley Aaron Wan-Bissaka's cross on target. The stalemate sees the Red Devils fall three points behind rivals Manchester City at...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh’s City-County Building will be closed to the public on Wednesday. The City has asked all employees who usually work in the building to work from home. The closure is a precaution. There are no known threats to the building.
    A humpback whale was caught on camera swimming close to the Statue of Liberty this week, the latest sign that whales have made a recent comeback in New York Harbor. Reuters reports that Bjoern Kils, whose New York Media Boat transports news crews, took photographs of the whale he estimated to be about 40 feet long. He said the whale surfaced about every minute, making its way past New York's shoreline on Tuesday. A humpback whale surfaces near the Statue of Liberty in this photo taken from a boat on New York Harbor in New York City, U.S., December 8, 2020. STRINGER / REUTERS "As we were passing the Statue of Liberty, it flung its tail out of the water - twice," Kils told Reuters The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation also posted video of the whale. Spotted: A humpback whale in the Hudson River! ???? Whale sightings have increased in recent years in NY's waterways. Reasons for the uptick may include an improvement in local water quality, & an abundance of food sources like Atlantic...
    VIDEO1:2601:26Gottlieb: Schools should be the 'last thing' we close during pandemicSquawk Box Schools should be the "last thing" shut down as governors and local officials around the U.S. weigh further public health restrictions in response to surging coronavirus cases, Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday. "We should be trying to curtail whatever activities we know are sources of community spread long before we close schools," the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said on "Squawk Box." "So, some of these jurisdictions, including New York City, have it backwards where they close the schools and leave other things open where the spread is occurring." New York City public schools, the nation's largest education system, switched to fully remote learning this week after the percentage of positive coronavirus tests across the city hit 3% — a metric Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio had indicated would, at least temporarily, put an end to in-person classes. However, critics lamented that indoor dining at restaurants and fitness centers were still allowed while school buildings had to shutter. A better public-health approach is to place heavier restrictions...
    By The Associated Press HONG KONG — Hong Kong has suspended in-person classes for lower primary school students after the city’s top health official said the coronavirus situation in the city was rapidly deteriorating. Classes for primary 1 to 3 students will be suspended for two weeks from Monday. The suspension comes just over a week after kindergartens were ordered to close following an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infections. Hong Kong confirmed 26 new coronavirus infections on Friday, 21 of which are local cases. “I would appeal to people to stop all unnecessary gathering activities because the situation is severe now in Hong Kong,” Hong Kong health minister Sophia Chan said. Hong Kong is due to launch an air travel bubble with Singapore on Sunday. Currently, the air travel bubble remains on track, although it could be suspended according to the agreement between Singapore and Hong Kong if the seven-day moving average for untraceable coronavirus infections exceed five in either city. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s total number of coronavirus cases...
    HONG KONG — Hong Kong has suspended in-person classes for lower primary school students after the city’s top health official said the coronavirus situation in the city was rapidly deteriorating. Classes for primary 1 to 3 students will be suspended for two weeks from Monday. The suspension comes just over a week after kindergartens were ordered to close following an outbreak of upper respiratory tract infections. Hong Kong confirmed 26 new coronavirus infections on Friday, 21 of which are local cases. “I would appeal to people to stop all unnecessary gathering activities because the situation is severe now in Hong Kong,” Hong Kong health minister Sophia Chan said. Hong Kong is due to launch an air travel bubble with Singapore on Sunday. Currently, the air travel bubble remains on track, although it could be suspended according to the agreement between Singapore and Hong Kong if the seven-day moving average for untraceable coronavirus infections exceed five in either city. ___ HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s total number of coronavirus cases...
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    NEW YORK (AP) — The city department of education says New York City schools will close to in-person learning as infections rates mount. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Mexico's Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a yearly celebration to remember and honor loved ones who have died. This year there are too many to celebrate as more than 90,000 Mexicans have died of Covid-19.Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador issued a decree for three days of national mourning to take place during Day of the Dead celebrations. The holiday runs over the course of two days on November 1-2, while the three days of national mourning will start one day earlier on October 31. The holiday is usually a colorful and lively event, where families gather in cemeteries to dance and sing and build altars known as "ofrendas" made of photographs, bright marigold flowers, and special food, drinks and tokens that were cherished by their lost relative.The Mexican government has asked that cemeteries around the country remain closed, cutting access to the graves where ofrendas are built. Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum also said that the city's 120 cemeteries would be closed on November 1-2. Sheinbaum announced she had tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.Deputy...
    NEW YORK (AP) — City officials announced on Friday the closing of two aging jail facilities, part of a broader plan to shutter the notorious Rikers Island complex by 2026 and replace it with four smaller jails intended to be more modern and humane. The Manhattan Detention Complex, nicknamed “The Tombs,” and the Otis Bantum Correctional Center on Rikers Island will stop housing inmates before the end of November. The facilities currently house about 750 people combined. "This will help us consolidate operations in better facilities, reduce overtime, expand training and programs and continue investing in enhancing safety,” Peter Thorne, a spokesperson for the city's Department of Correction, said in a statement. The announcement was blasted as “recipe for disaster” by the union representing city correction officers, which has urged the city to spread out its inmate population to forestall a resurgence in COVID-19 infections. “Now is the time to leverage our low inmate population to decrease the density in our facilities,” said Benny Boscio Jr., president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association. “With the second wave of COVID-19 already...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is ready to unleash a new set of lockdown measures in the Big Apple in a matter of days. Nonessential businesses, public and private schools, and restaurants should close beginning Wednesday in Brooklyn and Queens due to coronavirus case increases, de Blasio said Sunday. “We’re having an extraordinary problem — something we haven’t seen since spring,’’ de Blasio said. The mayor added that regional lockdowns “will require the support and approval of the state’’ and that he’s in talks with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “This can only happen with state approval,’’ the mayor said, adding that this is “unchartered territory.” “We’ll be working to get approval. Though schools and restaurants would close under the plan, places of worship, such as synagogues, will remain open. The coronavirus hit New York City harder than anywhere else in the country, with 23,844 deaths. The city, however, has faced significant financial blowbacks from lockdown measures, including an audit report from the state's comptroller that estimated up to half of the bars and...
    Half of the bars and restaurants in New York City could close permanently due to lockdown orders spurred by the coronavirus in March. “The industry is challenging under the best of circumstances, and many eateries operate on tight margins,” said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “Now they face an unprecedented upheaval that may cause many establishments to close forever.” The state audit, released by DiNapoli, projects that nearly a third to a half of the restaurants and bars in the Big Apple could be permanently closed within six months. DiNapoli said that the permanent closures could mean 150,000 jobs gone from the city’s economy. Starting Wednesday, city restaurants were allowed to open their doors to indoor dining at 25% capacity following six months of lockdowns. “While 25% occupancy is better than nothing, it is not sustainable for the business to operate profitably,” said Shu Chowdhury, a restaurant operations expert. “It is, however, a good start to test safety procedures to smoothly and safely increase capacity as we approach colder weather that will reduce public interest in outdoor dining.”...
    An opera performance in Madrid has been cancelled after it had already started, when the reduced crowd protested that they had been seated in close proximity to one another and social distancing was not being respected. Giuseppe Verdi's 'Un ballo in maschera' was being performed at the Teatro Real in the Spanish capital Madrid when spectators seated in the upper tiers complained that they had been placed without social distancing being respected. Video footage shows the crowd 'slow handclapping' and calling for 'suspension' and 'security' until the performance was eventually cancelled. Performers started the opera's first act twice before it was finally halted.
    CHICAGO — Black Chicagoans are dying an average of 8.8 years sooner than white residents — but the city is launching a plan to change that. The city’s Healthy Chicago 2025 plan, released Thursday, will focus on closing the life expectancy gap and improving people’s health throughout Chicago. At the root of the gap are racism and racial inequities, according to the city, which means Chicago will need to be made a more equitable city in all ways to improve health here. On average, Asian Chicagoans live 82.9 years, white residents live 80.2 years and Latino residents live 80 years, as of 2017, according to the Healthy Chicago 2025 report. But Black Chicagoans are living just 71.4 years — and the gap widens to 17 years in some communities, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. The biggest factors in this gap are chronic disease, fatal shootings, infant mortality, HIV and infectious disease and opioid overdoses, according to the report. All those issues, and others that drive the gap, are rooted in systemic racism, officials said when announcing the plan Thursday. “… It’s...
    New York City's wealthiest residents should be prepared to 'step up and help' close the Big Apple's gaping $4.2 billion deficit by paying higher taxes, Comptroller Scott Stringer said. The warning issued today comes just weeks after state Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a desperate plea urging the richest residents to return to the city to help save it from economic ruin. Stringer told Bloomberg TV he believes the city could save $400 million by refinancing debt and as much as $1 billion through efficiencies. The wealthy may need 'to pay a little bit more to get us through this crisis,' he said. 'People of great wealth have done great in the city in the last 10 or 20 years, they should be prepared if necessary to step up, to help out as well when that happens,' Stringer, who is running for mayor in 2021, continued. 'It seems reasonable that people who have great wealth would want to help this city in which they make money.' New York City's wealthiest residents should be prepared to 'step up and help' close...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver health officials plan to close the COVID-19 testing site at the Pepsi Center in October. On Sept. 13, the number of drive-thru lanes was reduced from eight to four. Officials said the move is part of a transition from large-scale testing centers to an expansion of community-based testing sites. (credit: CBS) “The Pepsi Center site provided the broad, regional testing capacity needed early in our response, to stand in the gap to give the city time to build out a community-based testing program,” said Robert McDonald, Executive Director of the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment and the Public Health Administrator for Denver. “With that accomplished, the city can focus its testing resources where they are most effective, at a community level in highly impacted and underserved neighborhoods.” (credit: CBS) Testing will be available through Sept. 30 at the Pepsi Center. DDPHE said the lane reduction will likely cause longer than usual wait times. Officials recommend people register online before arriving for a test. Officials said those who are able should see their primary care...
    New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained below one percent for 31 days straight, the governor proudly announced. Sunday's COVID-19 test results were 0.88 percent positive and remained below one percent for an entire month - a major victory for a state that was once the epicenter of pandemic in the US. New York state reported 520 new cases of virus on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 440,021 and total hospitalizations to 413. Two deaths were also recorded Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll to 25,361.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised New Yorkers for keeping the infection rate down and slowly stabilizing the state. 'Thanks to the hard work of New Yorkers, our state has now gone a full month with our COVID infection rate remaining below one percent,' he said in a press release Monday. New York state’s COVID-19 positivity rate remained below one percent for 31 days straight, the governor proudly announced Monday. This graph shows the number of people tested over the past seven days in blue and the number of positive results in yellow...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during the daily media briefing at the Office of the Governor of the State of New York on June 12, 2020 in New York City.Jeenah Moon | Getty Images New York City restaurants that have been staying afloat with outdoor patios and takeout service this summer may be forced to close when it turns cold this fall as local officials struggle to enforce the state's orders to curb the coronavirus, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Wednesday.  Unlike other parts of the state, restaurants and bars in the Big Apple have not been allowed to reopen indoor dining services. Some have been able to operate with expanded outdoor patios that Cuomo has said are safer. "We have a much, a much bigger problem in New York City today than any of the surrounding suburbs with a lack of compliance," Cuomo told reporters on a conference call when asked why the state allows indoor dining in other regions and not New York City.  While every region of New York is in the final phase of reopening,...
    Football : After dismissing Juventus in the eighth, OL allowed themselves to eliminate Manchester City to join the semi-finals of the Champions League on Saturday in Lisbon (1-3). Bayern had better watch out. Extraordinary executioner of Barça on Friday in the quarter-finals of the Champions League (8-2), Bayern Munich cannot be too suspicious of OL next Wednesday in the semifinals. Not content with having released Juventus in the eighth, the Rhone club offered the scalp of Manchester City this Saturday to validate its place in the last four of the C1. A performance accomplished only once in Lyon’s history until then. Ten years ago… To do this, the Gones could once again count on a Horn decisive. Triple scorer against the Citizens during the 2018-2019 group stage, the converted side striker struck again, finding the flaw in the 24th minute with an adjusted shot from the left to sow doubt in English minds. There followed for the players of Pep Guardiola a long moment of hesitation, until the break and more. Timorous at the start of the second...
    Transfers Rumors, movements, transfers, transfers, the latest market news 12:35 PM Portillo and Chema of the Getafe are on the agenda of the SD Huesca and they could end up on loan to the altoaragons team. Jos Bordals He would have informed them that he does not have them for next season and the Blaugranas would have been one of the teams that has asked about the situation of both players. 12:15 Slovak footballer Erik jirka joins the first team of Mirands in an assignment agreement with the Red Star Serbian and what includes a purchase option at the end of the assignment. The end lands on Miranda de Ebro after playing the last two loan campaigns in important teams of the highest category of Serbian and Polish football. OFFICIAL | joins the 2020/21 project, on loan from @crvenazvezdafk https://t.co/UtxGkbQB5a#BienvenidoJirkapic.twitter.com/iqoUfr4zZw ? CDMirands (@CDMirandes) August 13, 2020 Last season he started it playing in the ranks of the FK Radnicki Nis of the Serbian Super League, where he scored four goals, and in January he...
    Concert goers outside Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida on March 29, 2018.Jess Phillips In early May, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), a coalition of independent music venues and promoters from all around the country, formed. The purpose was twofold, both to raise public awareness of the importance of smaller, independent venues in the economic and creative ecosystem of a city, and to lobby Congress to pass the bipartisan RESTART Act. This bill would provide much-needed economic relief to venues that have been by and large closed for months of the coronavirus pandemic, and most likely will be among the last things to fully open. RESTART would provide funds to venues to finance six months’ worth of payroll, benefits and fixed operating costs; flexible use of loan proceeds and loan forgiveness; and implement a seven-year payback schedule, where principal payments wouldn’t be due for two years and interest payments would be deferred for at least 12 months. RELATEDTampa Bay’s independent live music venues aren’t getting federal help and they might not survive NIVA conducted polling of its members earlier this month that revealed that unless...
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