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    Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, was raided by the FBI on Monday, a high-profile move in the ongoing investigations into the former President. While the FBI has not yet commented on why it conducted the raid, details indicate it was likely a part of an ongoing investigation into Trump's removal of sensitive White House documents at the end of his term. FBI agents reportedly focused their search of the property on the former President's office space, removed papers and documents, and even broke open a safe. The raid does not suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected – but the FBI would have needed a search warrant that was court authorized.  How the raid could effect the 2024 election remains to be seen, but if convicted of violating removing documents from the White House Trump could face up to three years and prison and be barred from holding public office. A source close to the president told NBC the raid is only likely to galvanize the president to announce a 2024 bid.  The source also said...
    A TIKTOK van lifer has revealed how she has ditched her van amid spiraling gas prices, and is now planning to live in a Tesla car. Social media star Billie Webb earns $4,000 a month from brand deals and partnerships on her TikTok channel after moving into a van last year to travel the country. 5Billie Webb joined van life last year to save money from paying rentCredit: Instagram/billiewebbb 5Webb standing on top of her van after hitting another destinationCredit: Instagram/billiewebbb 5The inside of Webb's Chevy van with a full bed along with a sinkCredit: Instagram/billiewebbb But as gas prices continued to rise, she decided to downsize again and switch her 1990 Chevy G20 van for a 2015 Mazda car. And she's now waiting to move into a fully electric Tesla Model 3, Insider reports. Webb is a content creator who has been traveling on the road for the last year. She was inspired to join the van life along with other content creators as a means to save money. Read More On Van LifeON THE ROAD I’m a van...
    WE'RE all guilty of saying certain phrases wrong. But one woman has been left embarrassed after realising she'd been saying a common phrase wrong her entire life. 2Kayla was left stunned by her error - especially as she's an English teacherCredit: tiktok/@englishwithkayla Kayla was left red-faced when she realised her blunder - and what made it worse was the fact that she's an English teacher. Posting to her TikTok account, English with Kayla, she revealed she'd been saying 'nip it in the bud' all wrong. The teacher said: "Do you guys want to hear my embarrassing secret today? "Well, I have been saying this phrase wrong for so many years." READ MORE REAL LIFE STORIESSAY WHAT? I’ve been saying ‘butt naked’ wrong my whole life – but so have loads of peopleNEIGHBOURS Our nightmare neighbours have moved their tumble dryer right next to our bedroom Instead of saying 'nip it in the bud,' Kayla had been saying 'nip it in the butt.' Kayla explained that the phrase means you want to stop something immediately. Which makes sense if you use...
    DEAR ABBY: I recently made some unflattering comments about my daughter-in-law to my son. They were recorded on their Ring doorbell. Now she’s angry with me and my son, and I’m not sure I will ever see the grandchildren again. When I emailed her an apology, she said she didn’t know if she could ever forgive me. She will see my husband, but I am not allowed over there if she will be around. Any words of wisdom as to what to do? We have always helped them out with the children and sometimes financially. Should my husband tell her if I’m not welcome, then he feels the same way? I know he feels caught in the middle between me and the whole situation. MESSED UP IN ILLINOIS DEAR MESSED UP: You have learned the hard way that in our technological society, privacy is history. Related Articles Advice | Dear Abby: Her irritating habit is driving me toward divorce Advice | Dear Abby: Our co-worker is dying before our eyes, and it’s stressful Advice...
    Odesa (CNN)In years gone by, Odesa was Ukraine's "Pearl of the Black Sea," where you would normally at this time of year see locals and holidaymakers jostling for space on its tempting sands. As day turned into evening, fashionable couples would be seen strolling its famed Deribasovskaya Street and youngsters flocking to its clubs that pulsated well into the night.Now, more than five months into Russia's invasion of Ukraine, this historic holiday destination -- which many famous poets, writers, architects and musicians have called home -- has been transformed into ground zero of the global food crisis.Nothing prepared me for what I have witnessed in Odesa. Eerily quiet streets, closed roads, tank traps and military checkpoints, deserted beaches, near-empty restaurants and bars. Last year, more than 3 million tourists visited the city, according to the Odesa Regional State Administration. This year you're more likely to find war correspondents, aid workers and diplomats in its seaside hotels. Odesa, July 2021: Holidaymakers gather on one of the local beaches stretching along the Black Sea coast, last year. Odesa, July 2022: The...
    MICHAEL SCHUMACHER will forever be known as one of the best drivers to ever take on to the Formula One track, and his legacy lives on thanks to his son Mick, who drives for Haas. Unfortunately, Mick cannot have the full support of his father Michael - who suffered a horrifying skiing incident in 2013 which left him with a severe brain injury. What happened to Michael Schumacher? Schumacher suffered a horrific ski crash while with his son Mick, who was 14 at the time, on the slopes above Méribel in the French Alps on December 29, 2013. He fell and hit his head on a rock while crossing an off-piste area - suffering a serious head injury despite wearing a ski helmet. Doctors said he would most likely have died had he not been wearing the safety gear, and the world champ was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital. Schumacher immediately underwent two surgeries. 1 Michael Schumacher was a seven-time Formula One World Champion with Benetton (2) and Ferrari (5) He was put into a medically induced coma after suffering what was described...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I feel like my kids as adults are losing respect for me. When your kids are young, they look up to you for everything and trust in you. My kids are all college-age and older. They are leaving the nest and not looking back. They throw their bad memories as kids at me, saying that I was manipulative and a liar. But parents, we know what it’s like when kids throw tantrums or when they get into trouble as teenagers and they just won’t listen. I did what I needed to raise smart, strong kids, and I feel like I succeeded. All I want now is to enjoy a mature adult relationship with my kids, but they want nothing to do with me. I just feel like I gave my life to them, and now I am hated and alone. Was I a bad mother? Miss My Kids DEAR MISS MY KIDS: For some families, it takes time and separation for closeness to rekindle between parents and adult children. Without knowing your particular circumstances, I can say that...
    HOUSTON —  The Yankees couldn’t ask for a better landing spot to put their nightmarish trip to Houston out of their mind. After getting swept in a doubleheader at Minute Maid on Thursday night, they have a chance to regroup in their Southern home away from the Bronx this weekend. Camden Yards has been among the friendliest road stops for them. Despite a 4-9 record against the Orioles so far this season, this may not be the soft schedule that it has been in the past. Obviously, the Yankees rolled into Camden Yards with the best record in baseball at 64-30 and a huge lead in the division. They have a 12-game lead over the Rays and are 17 ahead of the Orioles. But they know very well that handling the Orioles is crucial to staying in that top spot in the American League and winning home-field advantage for the playoffs. The importance of that was emphasized Thursday when then lost two against their likely playoff foes in Houston. “That’s big time, that’s what we’re striving for, especially how well...
    Mother Jones illustration; Jose Luis Magana/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.When it comes to one of the most—or perhaps the most—important elements of the January 6 tragedy, the House select committee investigating the matter was largely not needed. The whole world already knows what Donald Trump did while the armed mob that he summoned and directed to the Capitol was savagely assaulting law enforcement officers, ransacking Congress, and trying to defeat the constitutional order: nothing. Usually an investigation needs to determine who did what and when, but in this instance the basic story is already established. For a long stretch of the insurrectionist attack, Trump took no steps to halt it or to protect the police battling the fight-for-Trump terrorists or the elected officials inside the building, including his own vice president. Perhaps Trump’s worst action throughout his whole effort to overturn the election, this profound dereliction of duty is undeniable. We all saw what didn’t happen. In full public view, Trump did not abide by his...
    Getty Former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone. Pat Cipollone is an American lawyer who served as White House Counsel during President Donald Trump’s administration. Cipollone’s name has come up often during the January 6 Committee televised hearings. Committee members and witnesses have said Cipollone expressed legal concerns about the former president’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, CBS News reports. The committee has played clips from Cipollone’s closed-door testimony during the televised hearings. What has Cipollone been up to since leaving the White House? Here’s what you need to know.Cipollone Became a Named Partner at a Litigation Firm & Opened a New Office in Washington, D.C. GettyPat Cipollone, former President Trump’s White House counsel, exits a conference room during a break in his interview at the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. House Office Building July 8, 2022 in Washington, DC. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is conducting a closed-door transcribed interview with Cipollone. Cipollone returned to the private sector after leaving the White House in 2021. He...
    Like millions of patients who seek help from their GPs for depression, Emma Ward was repeatedly told she was suffering from ‘an imbalance of chemicals in the brain’. If Emma wanted to get better, her doctors said the 26-year-old should keep taking the antidepressants she had been prescribed since she was 15 — even though the drugs did not seem to improve her mood, and left her feeling perpetually numb emotionally. Now, shocking new research published yesterday shows that the theory justifying the millions of prescriptions for antidepressants handed out every month to patients such as Emma, is simply not true. The research confirms what some medical professionals have increasingly come to suspect. That the ‘chemical imbalance’ theory — that depression is due to a lack of the brain chemical serotonin — is nothing more than a myth. Shocking new research published yesterday shows that the theory justifying the millions of prescriptions for antidepressants handed out every month to patients such as Emma, is simply not true This myth was created more than 35 years ago by pharmaceutical companies to...
    London (CNN Business)It wasn't long ago that Wall Street would have bristled at such grim news out of Netflix: Between April and June, the company lost 970,000 subscribers.But investors aren't freaking out about the number of customers bailing from the service. In fact, they're cheering.What's happening: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) are up more than 6% in premarket trading on Wednesday after the company reported its latest results. The simple reason? It could have been so much worse."It was a 'less-bad news is good news' quarter," analysts at Bespoke Investment Group said in a note to clients. Breaking it down: Netflix had already pushed expectations as low as it could, projecting that it would lose 2 million subscribers last quarter after shedding 200,000 in the first three months of the year. That created room for a positive surprise.Read More"We're talking about losing 1 million instead of losing 2 million," Chairman Reed Hastings said on a call with analysts. "So our excitement is tempered by the less bad results."Netflix's most substantial subscriber loss came from its biggest market, the United States and...
    HALLOWEEN comes once a year, but the shopping season seems to grow longer and longer. One Target shopper found amazing autumnal decor in her store's Dollar Spot section, but beware! You'll need to buy these items now, or say boo-hoo when they sell out fast. 9This bat spatula, $1, is one of many Halloween items Mellissa Breunig spotted at TargetCredit: YouTube/Couponing for a Cause On her YouTube channel, Couponing for a Cause, bargain-finding pro Mellissa Breunig alerts her fellow shoppers to the deals available in stores nationwide. Hot summer temperatures have many fantasizing about cool autumn nights. Fall might be closer than it seems, as Breunig discovered during a recent shopping trip to Target. The store's Dollar Spot was full of Halloween decorations and other fall home accents. You can start stocking up for autumn now – just visit your local Target since these items currently are in-store exclusives. "I am really excited to find these," Breunig said as she showed off the first batch of Halloween finds. READ MORE SHOPPING TIPSFANCY FACE I’m a shopping expert - three Walmart makeup...
    A nutritionist has revealed why people are continuing to suffer from nasty stomach issues months after recovering from Covid - and the easy ways to get your digestive health back on track. Australian nutritionist  Lee Holmes said she's seen many patients visit her clinic with lingering gut issues after having Covid including bloating, reflux and flatulence to constipation, diarrhoea and leaky gut.   One in three people with Covid have suffered from gastrointestinal symptoms. with studies showing those with better gut health had less severe symptoms. Australian nutritionist Lee Holmes said she's seen many patients visit her clinic with lingering gut issues after having Covid including bloating, reflux and flatulence to constipation, diarrhoea and leaky gut. Lee says this is because the gut and respiratory tract share an immune system, known as the gut-lung axis which is detailed further in a number of microbiology studies. 'This axis is bi-directional, which means if the gut is affected by bacteria, the lungs will be impacted too, and vice versa,' she explained in a blog post.   RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    NBA free agents, with the signing period under way: Agreed to terms: Kyle Anderson (Timberwolves), Deandre Ayton (Suns), Marvin Bagley III (Pistons), Mo Bamba (Magic), Nicolas Batum (Clippers), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Nemanja Bjelica (Turkey), Bismack Biyombo (Suns), Bol Bol (Magic), Bruce Brown (Nuggets), Moses Brown (Clippers), Troy Brown Jr. (Lakers), Jalen Brunson (Knicks), Thomas Bryant (Lakers), Chris Boucher (Raptors), Javon Carter (Bucks), Justin Champagnie (Raptors), Nicolas Claxton (Nets), Amir Coffey (Clippers), Dewayne Dedmon (Heat), Gorgui Dieng (Spurs), Donte DiVencenzo (Warriors), Lu Dort (Thunder), Goran Dragic (Bulls), Aaron Holiday (Hawks), Andre Drummond (Bulls), Drew Eubanks (Trail Blazers), Malik Fitts (Celtics), Bryn Forbes (Timberwolves), Danilo Gallinari (Celtics), Taj Gibson (Wizards), Anthony Gill (Wizards), Gary Harris (Magic), Isaiah Hartenstein (Knicks), Sam Hauser (Celtics), Danuel House (76ers), Markus Howard (Spain), Sergei Ibaka (Bucks), Joe Ingles (Bucks), Damian Jones (Lakers), Derrick Jones Jr. (Bulls), Tyus Jones (Grizzlies), DeAndre Jordan (Nuggets), Frank Kaminsky (Hawks), Luke Kornet (Celtics), Kevin Knox II (Pistons), Zach LaVine (Bulls), Damion Lee (Suns), Robin Lopez (Cavaliers), Kevon Looney (Warriors), Caleb Martin (Heat), Cody Martin (Hornets), Wesley Matthews (Bucks), JaVale McGee (Mavericks), Patty...
    Passengers are seen at the Delta Air Lines check-in counters at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ahead of the Fourth of July holiday in Atlanta, Georgia, July 1, 2022.Elijah Nouvelage | Reuters Flights, believe it or not, are getting cheaper. Airfares fell a seasonally-adjusted 1.8% from May to June, according to the latest U.S. inflation data, published last week. Fares were one of the few categories to decline at a time when consumer prices rose at the fastest clip in more than four decades. The surge in spring and summer travel — even at sky-high prices — has been a boon to airlines, driving revenue above 2019 levels even as airlines fly less than they did before the pandemic, according to recent reports from major carriers like Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. Now the question is: How resilient will demand be after the summer peak as carriers and travelers alike grapple with persistent inflation and worries about an economic slowdown? CEOs from Delta to JPMorgan last week said consumers continue to spend voraciously on travel. But rising costs can affect...
    It’s been a big week in politics with revelations galore from the House Jan. 6 committee. Former President Donald Trump’s attempts at stopping the peaceful transfer of power have been the talk of the nation—and this week’s admissions at the committee are a “pretty big deal,” says Molly Jong-Fast on this episode of The New Abnormal podcast. But it’s not all bad news. Speaking with Molly, former presidential candidate and independent Utah Senate candidate Evan McMullin reveals that he is seeing “a weakening in Trump support across the country.” Subscribe to The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music, or Overcast. “I think that people are tired,” says McMullin. “They are tired of the chaos and the broken politics and the extremism. They want change, but they want more constructive, effective change, not the, you know, not the extremes who have just failed to govern.” According to McMullin, reports about Trump’s attempts to launch a 2024 presidential campaign stem from the fact that “he’s getting nervous that his support is weakening.” McMullin notes that Trump’s popularity...
    GETTING new new hair cut can be risky if it's a drastic change. That's what this hair hopeful discovered when she got her long locks chopped off and was left less than satisfied with her new do. 4The hair hopeful had long hair before it was all chopped offCredit: TikTok 4The finished look was far from what she wantedCredit: TikTok The TikTok user @carrotsandkiwis posed a clip of her looking excited to change her style, showing herself looking care-free with her luscious strawberry blonde hair. She went for a dramatic change, presumable aiming for a 90's style layered look - but that's far from what she got. She wrote in the caption of the clip: "Am I allowed to sue over a hair cut?" The look was more choppy than layered and pretty uneven as well. Read more on hairMAGIC TOUCH I’m a hair expert - the easy way to curl your hair in 5 minutes flat DID YOU HAIR THAT? We're hairdressers, 8 things we don't want to hear from clients Her cheery attitude had completely vanished when she...
    Getty Chris Daughtry performs in Los Angeles in Sept. 2021. Chris Daughtry didn’t have to win “American Idol” for it to catapult him to stardom. The rocker took fourth place in 2006, during the show’s fifth season, which was won by silver-haired crooner Taylor Hicks. But Daughtry has since become one of the most successful contestants in the show’s history. Currently on tour with his band, Daughtry has given “American Idol” nothing but praise in recent interviews, even as lesser-known contestants have publicly complained about their experiences. For instance, Season 6 runner-up Blake Lewis has said he’s “pissed” by the way he was portrayed on the show and Sanjaya, from the same season, has said he always felt like the butt of a joke. But Daughtry says he only has love for the show.Daughtry Believes He Wouldn’t Be a Rock Star Without ‘American Idol’ View this post on Instagram A post shared by Daughtry (@daughtry) In a July 13 interview, the singer told “The Gazette” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, that winning “American Idol” wasn’t necessary for him...
    With persistently high case rates, and new extra-contagious omicron strains, what exactly are you supposed to do now in the growing eventuality that someone in your home tests positive for COVID-19? Can you and others in your home avoid infection? And when are you in the clear? The answers to some of these questions have changed with the dominant BA.4 and BA.5 variants often evading immunity for even the double-boosted. So let’s revisit what we know now, and how best to use the new tools available amid this latest, lengthy surge. Q: First, how widespread is the virus these days? A: The Bay Area’s COVID case rates have been over 30 daily cases per 100,000 residents for over two months, during the sustained crest of what some have called the “silent wave” of new omicron strains. Luckily for those testing positive now, widespread vaccinations, boosters, and therapeutics have improved outcomes and lowered hospitalizations and death rates from the virus, dramatically for the elderly. Q: Someone in your home was exposed to a person who tested positive. What should you...
    MAKING changes to your shopping could not only help save the planet but save you money as well.  Getting benefits from the government or cutting your weekly spending bill are some rewards you may get by changing your consumer habits.  2Here are some eco-friendly changes you can follow that could save you hundreds. 2The eco-friendly pro now uses glass jars as an alternative Eco-friendly savings pro Kathryn Kellogg, who is known as “goingzerowaste_” on TikTok, has listed a few changes she has at the grocery store that has helped her save a ton of money.  Over time, Kathryn has saved thousands of dollars by buying reusable items. In a recent video, Kathryn revealed a few items that she no longer buys and what she has replaced them with.  1. Paper towels  Whether you buy these in bulk or not, these can add up over time. READ MORE ON GROCERY SHOP RIGHT I'm a Target super shopper - these five items are must-buys GOOD EATS I'm a Costco expert - the two best and healthy finds this week Instead of buying paper towels, Kathryn uses cloth ones. Once...
    BERLIN (AP) — Countries have approved the first comprehensive guidelines for judging the value of nature following four years of intense debate, officials said Monday. The report was endorsed by 139 countries that are members of the United Nations-backed Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, or IPBES. Its authors hope the guide they’ve drawn up with the help of experts from a wide range of disciplines will make it easier for governments to consider more than just the economic benefits of a project when deciding whether and how to go ahead with it. This includes figuring out how local communities will gain or lose from a project such as a hydroelectric dam — a situation that has regularly led to friction between businesses, citizens and authorities in the past. Rather than prescribe a set way for governments to estimate these non-economic benefits, the report provides them with tools for working through the often complex assessment process, said its co-author Patricia Balvanera of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. “We provide a roadmap to decision-makers for how to...
    (CNN)A stroll through Central Avenue's tree-lined, cobblestone sidewalks shows the appeal of suburban Highland Park. The boutique stores that dot the street and the banana pancakes at Walker Bros. call out to the casual pedestrian, as does the shaded playground of Sunset Woods Park. Not far away sit the luscious Chicago Botanical Garden and the freshwater beaches of Lake Michigan.Central Avenue reopened to the public on Sunday, nearly a week after a 21-year-old gunman opened fire from a rooftop at an Independence Day parade, killing 7 people, wounding dozens more and shattering the imagined protective bubble of the suburb.Over several days, residents in the wealthy suburb spoke about their affection for the enclave and its high-achieving schools, spacious housing, friendly social life and safe streets.Now, that sense of safety is gone. Nonetheless, there are signs throughout the city of small steps forward: chalk messages of #HPStrong on sidewalks, makeshift memorials, and scores of water bottles, coffee and treats for police manning the crime scene. Therapeutic dogs beg to be petted in the area, and officials point traumatized residents to free...
    New York (CNN)After announcing he wants out of his deal to buy Twitter, Elon Musk spent the weekend in Idaho at the Sun Valley Conference. He spoke on stage, essentially off the record, but a source in the room told CNN's chief media correspondent Brian Stelter that Musk tripled down on his decision to try to back out of the deal and claiming it's all about the bots.Musk tells Twitter he wants out of deal to buy it. Twitter says it will force him to close the sale"Musk originally said he was going to fix the bot problem," Stelter said on Reliable Sources on Sunday. "The same problem that he now says is stopping him from doing the deal."New York Times reporter Lauren Hirsch said there has been an interesting confluence of events since news of Musk's offer first broke. The stock market "basically dropped off the cliff," including shares of Tesla, which Musk was presumably relying on to fund much of the deal.That may be part of the reason Musk has seemingly been casting doubt that his purchase offer...
    (CNN)When Boris Johnson finally announced he would step down as UK Prime Minister on Thursday, after desperately trying to cling onto power despite a historic government rebellion, his decision sparked a sense of relief across Westminster.In Kyiv, it was met with despair. Johnson has been one of the most vocal supporters of Ukraine as it tries to defend itself against Russia's unprovoked assault, and his departure stirred up fears that the UK's support for the country -- worth £3.8 billion ($4.6 billion) so far this year -- might start to dwindle. With the whole Western world united behind it, Ukraine has no shortage of supporters. But Johnson was seen as a special ally in Kyiv. In early April, he became one of the first foreign leaders to make the precarious trip to the Ukrainian capital, then returned on another surprise visit last month.Johnson has forged a close relationship with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said he was sad to see him leave. Read More"We all heard this news with sadness. Not only me, but also the entire Ukrainian society," Zelensky...
    If you can believe it, Rob Manfred actually wants more baseball.  This revelation may come as a shock, as many of us were under the impression that he didn’t really like baseball. But recently, in a long ESPN interview, Manfred attempted to finally shed that reputation. He claims that not only does he not hate baseball, he’s actually been trying to save it all along. He says he grew up a Yankees fan and loved going to games with his dad, which is extremely relatable, though my dad has better taste in teams (go Sox). And did you know he’s the only commissioner in MLB history who played Little League? Maybe Manfred likes the game of baseball. Maybe he even loves it deep, deep down. There’s plenty of evidence to the contrary. Regardless, he shouldn’t be trying to expand the league. That’s right, Manfred is thinking big. Two new teams to make it 16 squads per league, officially twice the size of the original modern Major League Baseball, which had eight teams in each league from 1901 to 1960. The...
    BRITAIN will have a new PM after Boris Johnson fell on his sword and pledged to stand down. The bombshell resignation followed two days of carnage in Westminster, which saw 55 members of government step down. 1Boris Johnson resigned as Tory leader tonightCredit: Reuters It’s the highest number of resignations any British government has experienced in 90 years. MPs from across the Tory Party spent the last 48 hours urging Mr Johnson to call it quits. Yesterday the PM insisted he would soldier on, but this morning he finally admitted his time is up. READ MORE POLITICSBLOODBATH Boris suffers more resignations than any PM in 90 years - see the full list hereBORIS ON THE BRINK Inside Boris' day from hell after Sunak & Javid's bombshell resignations Does Boris carry on for months or does he go right now?  Mr Johnson plans to continue as PM until a new leader of the Tory party is in place for the October conference. The choice to carry on temporarily or go straight away is up to Mr Johnson. Conservative leadership elections...
    The campaign trying to force Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón from office submitted more than 715,000 signatures in support of the recall to the L.A. County registrar on Wednesday. While that total exceeded a previous attempt to recall Gascón that failed last year and might be enough to put the issue to voters, opponents of Gascón’s reform-minded agenda can’t celebrate just yet. California Effort to recall L.A. County D.A. George Gascón fizzles out, but a retry is coming Committee seeking to recall L.A. County Dist. Atty. George Gascón says it won’t meet October petition deadline, but will try again later this year. It remains to be seen whether the referendum on Gascón will qualify for the ballot. And, if it does, the campaign then faces a much tougher challenge: Convincing more than 50% of voters in a recall race Gascón should go. So what comes next? Recall Qualification Before voters can decide whether to recall an elected official from office, a campaign must collect signatures from a number of supporters equal to 10% of...
    EVER wondered why you're not getting ahead despite your best efforts to save? It could be the little things you're spending your money on that are causing you to fall behind. 3The consumer expert revealed what we should stop spending money on, including books and fancy coffee As a money-saving enthusiast and consumer expert at Brandrated, Jenny McCormac reckons we should all stop buying these few things So how many are you guilty of? 1. Fancy coffee  We're all guilty of wanting to treat ourselves to a fancy latte before work or an iced coffee on a summer’s afternoon, but this is an expense that can add up pretty quickly Jenny pointed out. "Spending £3 on just one coffee every Monday-Friday can cost up to £720 a year," she said. More money saving tipsL-EARNER We're money experts - how to make it work for you so you can work less & earn more "Instead of this splurge, dig out your old thermal coffee cup and make your coffee at home before going into the office...
    Oh, the family silver — it’s the stuff of legends, lore, lust and lawsuits. At least it used to be. Once a requisite on every bride’s registry, sterling flatware is a luxury few can afford today and many don’t even want. “People are not going out and buying sterling flatware when they get married like they used to,” said Martin Biro, co-owner of San Francisco-based Biro Silver. What they are doing is inheriting it. That’s where silver restoration companies like Biro Silver come in. “Our customer is often the mother or grandmother of the bride,” said Biro. “They bring in the generational silver and want to restore it, so they can hand it down as a wedding gift.” Those not fortunate enough to have been handed the family silver can buy a 65-piece set (five-piece place settings for 12, plus standard serving pieces) of used silver today for between $1,200 and $3,000 depending on the pattern, Biro said. That price is a steal compared to buying it new. A new, 65-piece set costs between $8,000 and $20,000, said Sandy Bourbonnais,...
    A COUPLE has revealed the savvy way they created their own private cinema after realising they didn't have space for a TV screen. The pair took to TikTok to share their clever hack after they ditched their TV as they didn't have room for it. 2The couple realised they had no room for a TV and instead opted for a clever space-saving solutionCredit: TikTok The bedroom looked much cosier - perfect for a night binging your favourite TV show. In the video posted by Beth Haton 16, the video said: "Don't have room for a TV?" The couple can then be seen fixing a pull down screen around the window area of their home. "The best thing we have bought for our house," Beth captioned the video. READ MORE HOME HACKSSLIDE SHOW My house has a fun secret - it takes seconds to get from one floor to the otherGOOD AS GOLD I transformed my kitchen for just £12 – it instantly makes it look more luxe The screen is pulled down and the lights go out and Netflix can...
    There has been something of a rotation out of certain pockets of fintech that were hyped by venture capitalists last year, such as crypto and "buy now, pay later," and into less sexy areas focused on generating stable streams of income.Jantakon Kokthong / Eyeem | Eyeem | Getty Images Financial technology is the hottest area of investment for venture capitalists — $1 out of every $5 of funding flowed into fintech startups in 2021. But with a recession possibly around the corner, investors are writing fewer — and smaller — checks. And they're getting much more selective about the kind of companies they want to back. According to CB Insights, global venture investment in fintech firms sank 18% in the first quarter of 2022. That's led to something of a rotation out of certain pockets of fintech that were hyped by venture capitalists last year, such as crypto and "buy now, pay later," and into less sexy areas focused on generating stable streams of income, like digitizing payment processing for businesses. So what's hot in fintech right now? And what's...
    SAN DIEGO (KABC) -- Mystery solved.Unusual lights that were spotted over the Pacific Ocean Monday night - and caused quite a stir on social media - have now been identified.The U.S. Coast Guard said the lights were flares fired from a ship off the coast of San Diego.The lights were spotted from multiple neighborhoods around 9 p.m. Monday.Eyewitness photos captured the then-mysterious phenomena over the ocean, and videos of the lights were all over social media. The speculation ranged from planes and space junk to, well, something perhaps sinister or even extraterrestrial.RELATED: Mysterious lights spotted in sky near San DiegoEMBED More News Videos San Diego residents were left scratching their heads after spotting mysterious lights hovering over the Pacific Ocean Monday night.
    Washington Examiner commentary writer Tiana Lowe blasted Vice President Kamala Harris for being sure of what a woman is and the medical and cultural harm a woman will now apparently endure in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. “I’ve been told that it’s a very difficult question to know who exactly is a woman, but Kamala seems very sure of herself that she’s a woman, so clearly she’s a biologist,” Lowe told Mornings with Maria Tuesday. “Let’s not forget that in the years after the Supreme Court originally decided Roe v. Wade, pregnancy discrimination was still legal under federal law. Banks still had the power to deny unmarried women credit cards or lines of creditor loans. So, this notion that we’ve somehow gone to a pre-Roe era is just categorically false.” Lowe noted that the Democrats have little to run on as the midterm elections approach. “They have to hold on to the idea that we are going back to The Handmaid's Tale because they have no other electoral...
    State Rep. Dan Eubanks, a Mississippi Republican and one of the original cosponsors of his state’s Gestational Age Act, gave his immediate reaction to Roe v. Wade being overturned in an interview Friday outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Eubanks, who joined 15 of his Republican colleagues in sponsoring the bill in 2018, became tearful as he spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision, saying he could not “put into words” how he felt and describing the day as “probably the pinnacle of what will be my political career.” “This has been one of those things where you don’t know if it’s going to live or die because it suffers 1,000 deaths along the way, and the fact that it wound up here and the Supreme Court took it up was just like, you know, you’re on your knees praying that a favorable outcome would come out,” Eubanks said. “And I just, I can’t put into words what I’m feeling right now, 64 million lives later. A whole lot of those I think wouldn’t have suffered the fate that they suffered had...
    (CNN)Summer 2021 was supposed to be our time.Vaccines were finally available and we were seeing a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Or so we thought.The variants had other plans for us. One year later, Covid is still here. But I am feeling more determined than ever to reconnect with community and feel some joy. Teenagers attend a birthday party at a California beach this week.Pop culture can be a source of happiness by giving us the creatives and their creations we so love.Read MoreFrom Beyoncé and Drake dropping new house music and drawing us back on the dance floor to blockbusters like "Top Gun: Maverick" drawing us back to the movies, this summer's mood is -- ever so slightly -- up.Theatergoers watch 'Top Gun: Maverick' in San Diego in May.Now, before you challenge that thought with gas prices, the climate crisis, out of control inflation, and human rights and democracy in peril, please hear me out.All of that can be true and offer all the more motivation, for me, to lean into living.To quote Queen Bey, "you...
    (CNN)"When people show you who they are, believe them." The poet Maya Angelou said that to Oprah more than two decades ago, and it's become an often-repeated quote. But it's true for Supreme Court justices, too. Since Clarence Thomas joined the Court in 1991, he's been its most fervent opponent of Roe v. Wade and the enshrinement of abortion rights. As he wrote in a dissenting opinion just two years ago, "Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled." Now, reinforced by the addition of three justices appointed by President Donald Trump, the Court has overruled Roe and Thomas's mission has been accomplished. Opinion: The death of Roe is dizzying, disturbing and dangerousIn today's decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, Thomas, in a concurring opinion, made his next goals just as clear: "In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court's substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell. Because any substantive due process decision is 'demonstrably erroneous,' we have a duty to 'correct the error' established in those precedents." Griswold protected the right...
    Friday, June 24, 2022, is a uniquely sad, frustrating, and disappointing day, but it is not the day we stop fighting. As covered by my colleague Joan McCarter, conservative zealots on the U.S. Supreme Court succeeded in their anti-choice mission to effectively end federal protections for abortion rights. With the 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade, more than 10 states have automatically banned abortions via trigger laws, thanks to anti-choice lawmakers. These states include Arkansas, Idaho, Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Dakota, North Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Utah. And, as covered by my colleague Laura Clawson, we know this is not just about abortion, though abortion access is (of course) an enormous deal in itself. As Justice Clarence Thomas points out in his concurring opinion, for example, the Court not only can but should dismantle our rights to birth control and marriage equality. Justices in the dissenting opinion (the three liberals, including Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan) also see this as the possible next path for the Court, though of course, they’re ringing...
    One of the challenges of summer vegetable gardening is trying to figure out what to do with excess produce. How many loaves of zucchini bread are you willing to bake? What do you do with a dozen Japanese eggplants? What about all those tomatoes? Salsa, tomato soup, and sauces can use up tomatoes (even cherry tomatoes), but what about the stuff you can’t can or freeze? Sharing with the neighbors is nice, but if you notice that they close their blinds and pretend they’re not home when you approach their front door with yet another shopping bag full of zucchini, you might want to reconsider those giveaways. One solution may be sitting outside on your patio (no, not the compost bin!). Grill those veggies! For zucchini and summer squash, remove the stem and blossom ends, then slice to about ½ inch thick. Lengthwise slices are easier to handle, but you can slice crosswise as well. Sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt and toss, and let rest while the grill heats up. The salt improves the flavor and helps to...
    YOUR kitchen appliances could be costly – but there might be something you can do to save money. Odds are you might have several devices around the house consuming phantom energy, which can add hundreds of dollars extra to your monthly costs around the home. 1Multiple devices in your kitchen including coffee makers could drain your walletCredit: Getty These are also known as vampire appliances. In particular, these devices are draining your energy when not in use and in standby or idle mode. On your electric bill, this could vary by state.  But Energy Information Administration found that the average in the country was $117.46 per month or a little more than $1,400 per year in 2020.  READ MORE ON BILLSBEAT THE HEAT I'm an energy expert - four easy tips to stay cool & save in hot weather EASY SAVINGS I’m a home expert - eight simple moves to save money on your energy bill Also, things are expected to get worse, as we transition into the summer. During the season, the EIA estimates that electric costs will rise by an average of 3.9% across...
    COLORADO taxpayers have just a week left to take action to receive up to $,1500 in direct payments. Colorado Governor Jared Polis reminded residents earlier this week to file their state taxes by June 30 so they receive the refunds on time. 1Colorado residents who file before June 30th will get over $500 or $1000Credit: Getty The payments come in the form of tax rebates as a way to help neutralize the impact of inflation.   "Everyone in our state is feeling the impact of rising costs, and I refuse to let the government sit on taxpayers’ money when it could be used to make life a little bit easier for the people of our state," said Mr Polis. The deadline to claim was originally May 31 but was extended by the state legislator. But most importantly, residents will get higher payments now. Read More on paymentsSMELL THE MONEY Automatic $850 payments to go out to thousands of Americans next weekKEY TO IT Americans can get $17,500 in free cash to buy a home - who is eligible When it was first announced, checks...
    Despite Juneteenth's storied history, the holiday was largely overlooked by non-Black Americans until recent years.The momentum of the Black Lives Matter movement propelled Juneteenth into the national spotlight, building on a decades-long push by activists and leaders to get recognition for the landmark occasion. Last year, Juneteenth became the latest federal holiday in the US -- the first to be approved since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.With Juneteenth now a national holiday, many public and private sector employees enjoy an extra day off from work while brands and corporations capitalize on the event with celebratory marketing campaigns. But there's much more to Juneteenth than a long weekend and branded products.As Black Americans continue to face the same challenges and inequities that inspired so many to take to the streets in 2020, it's worth reflecting on the history behind the holiday.It celebrates the end of slaveryJuneteenth -- also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day and Emancipation Day -- commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.A blend of the words June and nineteenth, it marks June 19,...
    COLORADO taxpayers have just two weeks left to receive up to $1,000 stimulus checks. Colorado Governor Jared Polis reminded residents earlier this week to file their state taxes by June 30, in order to receive the refunds on time. 1Colorado residents who file before June 30th will get over $500 or $1000Credit: Getty The payments come in the form of tax rebates as a way to help neutralize the impact of inflation.   “I urge all Coloradans to complete their state tax filing right away so you can get the Colorado Cashback Rebate on time this summer," said Mr Polis. "If you wait past June 30th or until the final extension deadline of mid-October, then you probably won’t get your refund until next January,” he added. The deadline to claim was originally May 31 but was extended by the state legislator. How to claim The Colorado Cashback will provide single filers with $500 checks and joint filers can get up to $1,000. To receive the refund in August, full-year residents must either file a Colorado individual income tax return for the 2021 tax year....
    New York (CNN Business)Elon Musk spent weeks raising alarms that Twitter may have far more fake, spam and bot accounts than previously disclosed and threatening to abandon his $44 billion deal to buy the company if it didn't provide him with more information to evaluate the matter. Now, Twitter apparently plans to provide Musk with its "firehose" of data about tweets on the platform, according to recent reports from the Washington Post and the New York Times. The Twitter firehose is the real-time stream of the millions of public tweets posted on the platform daily and information on the accounts behind them, although it does not contain private information such as the IP address from which the tweet was posted.Twitter may have been backed into a corner after Musk's lawyer argued he was being denied information to which he is entitled through the deal. But in handing over access to the data firehose, Twitter (TWTR) risks attempting to address one problem — Musk's questionable threats to ditch the acquisition over bot activity, which some analysts believe is simply a pretext...
    WELL, I hate to say: “I warned you”, but I did warn you. Just last week I said here that the ­Government was heading into a disaster of its own making. 7Just last week I said here that the ­Government was heading into a disaster of its own making. Now it has waded straight into itCredit: Reuters 7Prime Minister Boris Johnson knew the upset that rightly existed in this country. He spoke to it and he answered itCredit: Alamy Now it has waded straight into it. With entirely predictable results. When this country voted to leave the European Union, we did so in very large part because we were told this was the way to restore our nation’s borders. We were also told that it was the way in which we could ensure no foreign courts have the final say over our laws. We would be sovereign. Remember that? Sovereign. A word which was much used around 2016. And who was one of the main people to talk about this idea? Why, none other than our Prime ­Minister himself, Boris...
    A "For Sale" sign outside a house in Albany, California, on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Homebuyers are facing a worsening affordability situation with mortgage rates hovering around the highest levels in more than a decade.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images Total mortgage application volume was 52.7% lower last week than the same week one year ago, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's seasonally adjusted index. Sharply rising interest rates are decimating refinance volume, and those rates, along with sky-high home prices and a shortage of houses for sale, are hitting demand from potential buyers. Last week, the average contract interest rate for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages with conforming loan balances ($647,200 or less) increased to 5.65% from 5.40%, with points rising to 0.71 from 0.60 (including the origination fee) for loans with a 20% down payment. This week they surged even higher, with the average rate hitting 6.28% on Tuesday, according to a daily measure from Mortgage News Daily. "Mortgage rates followed Treasury yields up in response to higher-than-expected inflation and anticipation that the Federal Reserve will need to...