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    By Devan Cole | CNN A federal appeals court said Tuesday that the Americans with Disabilities Act covers individuals with “gender dysphoria,” handing a win to trans people in a case concerning a former inmate who alleged discrimination at a Virginia prison. In a majority opinion issued by a three-judge panel with the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the court wrote, “In light of the ‘basic promise of equality … that animates the ADA,’ we see no legitimate reason why Congress would intend to exclude from the ADA’s protections transgender people who suffer from gender dysphoria.” Gender dysphoria describes an uncomfortable conflict between a person’s assigned gender and the gender with which the person identifies, according to the American Psychiatric Association. “We have little trouble concluding that a law excluding from ADA protection both ‘gender identity disorders’ and gender dysphoria would discriminate against transgender people as a class, implicating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” the ruling read, referring to a constitutional clause that has been used in court to protect minority groups from discrimination....
    MOST PEOPLE want to get on with their neighbours - but that isn't always the case. And one man has been left fuming with his neighbours after they kept using his front garden to walk across. 2One man was fed up with his neighbours using his front garden as a shortcut so took matters into his own handsCredit: TikTok/@djkraze666/ The DJ revealed in a TikTok video that he decided to do something about it - and transformed the patch of land. He added a small fence and a lawn to deter his neighbours from using it. In the video, he wrote: "Fed up with the neighbours cutting through the front of the house sooo... two forks later and some grass seeds and a new feature," adding a praying emoji. "A*****le neighbours using the front like it's their path NO MORE," he captioned the post. READ MORE ON NEIGHBOURSMOTOR HEAD My neighbour left a note criticising my parking - they even drew a diagramHAIR THIS My neighbour epilates her legs and throws toenail clippings out of her window The man, who...
    "But ... I recognize what it feels like when you don't have that situation, when you live so close to the edge of your income that [rising] prices actually force some real trade-offs," she offered. "You may not be able to go to the vacation you want; you may end up, you know, instead camping or doing a staycation" or eating at your hotel instead of going out to eat "because you really can't afford getting there and then going out to dinner once you're at the hotel, and I see all of that ... so in my daily life, I see the rising prices, but I'm fine because I have a sufficient income to make those trade-offs. For other people that's not the case, and those are the people that this is so important for." Indeed, a new report indicates that nearly two-thirds of Americans are now living paycheck to paycheck.How are folks reacting?Daly's verbal faux pas didn't get a bunch of attention Wednesday, but some folks who picked up on her "I don't feel the pain of inflation...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci is not happy that some people still won't "adhere to public health commonsense measures" regarding COVID-19. In an interview with Katie Couric, Fauci opened up about his recent bout with the virus and his frustration with those who have not masked up and taken multiple boosters to fight it. “Unfortunately, given the fatigue that we’re at in this country from 2 1/2 years of this, everyone is tired of it. So, it’s very difficult, superimposed upon an anti-vax type feeling among some, superimposed upon the political divisiveness we have in this country ... and social media misinformation and disinformation. It’s very difficult to get people to adhere to commonsense public health measures,” Fauci said. RAND PAUL TO LEAD FIRST CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON GAIN-OF-FUNCTION RESEARCH After spending two years forcing vaccine and mask mandates on the American people, Anthony Fauci complains about "misinformation" and how Americans just won't "adhere" pic.twitter.com/9AoRLhK2o1— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 1, 2022 Fauci called his bout with COVID-19 "minor," saying he had a scratchy throat as...
    YouTube David Archuleta in music video for Beast, released 2021. David Archuleta has had enough of fans’ snide comments about how he looks, what he wears — and who he loves. The 31-year-old has been in the public eye since he was a teenager, when millions fell in love with his sweet demeanor and vocal talent during Season 7 of “American Idol.” The runner-up to David Cook released his first album months later, which premiered at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, just behind Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning “Fearless.” Fourteen years later, Archuleta’s music career is flourishing again — but being in the public eye has grown tougher. Since revealing in 2021 that he “came out in 2014 as gay” to his family but now defines himself as “a spectrum of bisexual” and asexual, he’s been embraced by most fans but viciously targeted by a loud, opinionated minority. According to Variety, coming out in 2021 instantly made Archuleta one of the most high-profile members of the Mormon faith to be openly LGBTQ+, which doesn’t align with the church’s prohibition...
    New York (CNN Business)The US economy is on a knife's edge, potentially already in a recession after a second quarter of shrinking activity. But indicators are mixed, fueling uncertainty about the way forward. At the core of the debate among economists and policymakers is a fundamental question with massive implications for America's future: Which is worse — inflation, or a recession?No one seems to agree on way or another.By aggressively raising interest rates, the Federal Reserve is making a big wager that recession is worth the risk if it takes the heat off of consumer prices, which are rising at their fastest pace in four decades. But many economists and lawmakers are pushing back on that idea, arguing that the so-called cure of a recession would be far worse than the disease of inflation. Read MoreTo be sure, the Fed would like to avoid both. It's aiming for a "soft landing" in which it hikes interest rates juuuust enough to slow demand without choking it off completely. That would be the ideal outcome, though the Fed itself admits the prospect...
    Residents of Mexico City are getting fed up with Americans moving south from California to enjoy cheap real estate while working from home.  One TikTok influencer even called it 'modern day colonialism' as Americans have brought upscale coffee shops and Pilates studios, according to the Los Angeles Times.   They even reported seeing flyers around the city saying: 'New to the city? Working remotely? You're a f***ing plague and the locals f***ing hate you. Leave.' The number of Americans moving to the Mexican capital has raised rents in the area and a noticeable shift in language from Spanish to English.  Residents of Mexico's largest city are getting fed up with Americans moving south to California to enjoy cheap real estate while working from home The US State Department says that at least 1.6 million Americans currently reside in Mexico, but it's unknown how many of those people are in Mexico City. Over 1.2 million foreign visitors came through Mexico City's airport in the first four months of 2022.  Fernando Bustos Gorozpe, a writer and university professor, said: 'We're the only brown people....
    A WOMAN who was fed up with her man gaming at home took matters into her own hands. TikTok user Jasmine Grogan, who posts under @jazandmac1, showed how she asked her partner to move into the room under stairs - and people have praised the idea. 3A woman has shared how she moved her man into the room under the stairs so he could game out the wayCredit: TikTok/@jazandmac1 She wrote: “Girls if your man takes up loads of room with his gaming stuff in your house just put him under the stairs. “He’s happy, I’m happy, he’s not in my way. “Win win.” Jasmine showed how her partner had put his desk and chair in the tiny space, and seemed perfectly content. More on home transformationsGARDEN BARGAIN I transformed my courtyard garden using bargains from MatalanVAN-TASTIC I bought a bargain caravan after my dream home fell through and transformed it Her video has racked up 26,000 likes and people were impressed. One said: “Jas this is genius.” FABULOUS BINGO: Get a £20 bonus & 30 free spins when you...
    EVERY motorist knows fuel prices go up like a rocket but come down like a feather. So yesterday’s report by the competition watchdog finding “cause for concern” in the growing gap between the prices of crude oil and the fuel on forecourts was hardly a surprise. 4If we don’t do anything about the cost of petrol and diesel soon, we will face a Canada-style haulier demonstrationCredit: Reuters 4When Boris Johnson appeared before the House of Commons’ Liaison Committee this week, I questioned the PM about pump pricesCredit: AFP There are piles of evidence already that oil companies are ripping us off at the pumps. Now the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) says it will launch a further study into fuel prices and report in the autumn. But there is no need for more reviews, everyone knows what the problem is. Drivers are not only being fleeced by the Government, with high fuel taxes, but by oil companies too. It is time to actually do something for the hardworking people of Britain. The Government must slash either VAT or fuel duty...
    A FURIOUS homeowner put up a sign saying he would "take action" against any dog walkers who left dog mess outside his home but got an unexpected response. Tired of finding poochy poop outside his property the bloke took matters into his own hands by putting up a notice pointing to where an offending deposit had been left. 2The man was so fed up with dog poo being left outside his house that he made a sign He wasn't expecting the sassy response he got from a fellow neighbour. The sign said: "Please clean up after your pet. "To whom it may concern, we have you on camera. The next time your pet poops in our yard we will take action. Thank you for picking up after your dog." In response to the notice, an anonymous neighbour left their own sign. Read more on neighboursCUT IT OUT My neighbour wants me to pay to cut THEIR tree, I'm fuming It said: "Don't have a dog just tired of your dramatic sign xoxo." One fellow Reddit user reported...
    A MUM was fuming with her neighbour for encouraging birds into his garden after one pooed on her baby. The furious woman explained that her next door neighbour kept throwing food out into the backyard for the winged creatures to feast on. 1The woman was furious with her neighbour for attracting the birds to her gardenCredit: Getty But she didn't want the wildlife to invade her space after an unfortunate incident which left her child covered in faeces. Taking to Mumsnet, she said: "[My] neighbour [is] constantly throwing food out to birds and now one s*** on my baby. "A bird, not a neighbour for the last part."Am I being unreasonable here? My neighbour constantly throws food out to the birds, anything goes. I’m fed up with it." Read more on neighboursGNOME INVASION My neighbour’s gnome scares my son so I took drastic action - am I wrong? Fellow Mumsnet users were quick to jump in with their opinions, but many weren't sympathetic to the woman's plight. One person said: "Nothing wrong with feeding the birds. Birds also s***...
    New York (CNN Business)Editor's Note: This story is part of CNN Business' Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. This afternoon, monetary policy nerds such as myself tuned in to watch the Silver Fox himself explain the Fed's thinking behind its decision to raise interest rates by three-fourths of a percentage point — the most aggressive rate action the bank has taken since 1994. Allow me to summarize Fed Chairman Jay Powell's comments: Inflation's bad. We're doing our best. No one really knows what the heck is going on. Here's the deal: The disastrous inflation report that came out Friday almost guaranteed that the Fed would have to do more than the half-point hike it had previously indicated it would do. Prices surged 8.6%, which was up from the month before, which means, like, they're going the wrong direction. That report was so bad some analysts even expected Powell & his merry economists to go even harder on rate hikes -- why stop at 0.75, just go whole hog and jack them up a...
    Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 10 The New York Times says that Americans must fully confront what happened on Jan. 6 On Thursday night, a congressional committee began an unflinching conversation with the citizens of this country about, in the words of the committee chair, Donald Trump’s last stand, his attempt to spur the enemies of the Constitution to subvert American democracy. Facts about what happened during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack were clearly and soberly laid out. Videotaped testimony underscored those findings. The rallying cries of the former president and the ensuing breach of the Capitol were shown for all to see. It was the first of several hearings by the Jan. 6 committee that are meant, in part, for the history books. But the importance of the hearings isn’t simply about holding Mr. Trump, his allies and the flag-draped thugs storming the halls to account. The hearings challenge all Americans to recommit to the principles of democracy, ask how important those values are to us and face the threats posed to our...
    Amid a new four-decade inflation record, the Federal Reserve is being criticized for not taking action soon enough to curtail rising prices, and some are pointing the finger at stimulus checks. The Labor Department announced Friday that the consumer price index rose 8.6% in May from a year ago, indicating prices for everyday goods increased 1% in a one-month period. ‘I’LL GET ON MY KNEES’: STARBUCKS CEO BEGS WORKERS TO RETURN TO OFFICE Allianz economist Mohamed El-Erian noted that the Federal Reserve “mischaracterized what inflation is, and it fell behind.” "What makes this very frustrating is it was partially avoidable," El-Erian said while appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday. "This is going to have enormous economic, social — it hits the poor particularly hard — institutional, and political consequences. And most of it could have been avoided, had early actions been taken." Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke has also criticized the central bank’s delayed action, saying, “It was a mistake.” In 2020, as the United States began to shut down...
    MSNBC’s Willie Geist challenged White House advisor Brian Deese over the Biden administration’s penchant for blaming Vladimir Putin for record gas prices. Prices at the pump have reached record highs every day throughout the past week. As of Friday, the average price for a gallon of regular is $4.99, according to GasBuddy. Deese joined Morning Joe Friday  to discuss May’s consumer price index report. Inflation rose 8.6% in last month compared to last year. That is the highest such increase in 41 years. Deese told MSNBC President Joe Biden is doing everything possible to ease the financial burden of higher costs for consumers. He discussed both fuel and food costs. Co-host Joe Scarborough asked him if he believes Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell should raise interest rates to counteract the record inflation. He said, What about the Fed chairman? At some point, as we would say in northwest Florida, the horse is already out of the barn and the horse isn’t transitory. The horse is here to stay. We’re up to 8.6%. That 8.6% can become 10, it can become 12 if the...
    A Baltimore fentanyl dealer who had enough to kill 20,000 people was sentenced to federal prison, authorities said. Donronald Dosey, 33, was sentenced by US District Judge Catherine C. Blake to six years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl.  Dorsey admitted he had more than 400 grams of fentanyl — a lethal dose of which is approximately two milligrams, so the quantity possessed by Dorsey, and which he intended to distribute, is enough to kill 20,000 people, United States District Attorney of Maryland Erek L. Barron said. According to his plea agreement, from October 2020 through March 1, 2021, Dorsey was part of a drug trafficking conspiracy involving large amounts of fentanyl and other controlled substances.  Dorsey and his co-conspirators ran a stash house in an apartment in Pikesville, Maryland, where they processed fentanyl and other drugs, mixing them with cutting agents and packaging them for resale, Barron said. On March 1, 2021, agents saw Dorsey leave the apartment with a co-conspirator, who was carrying a bag...
    A MUM who decided to buy her toddler a double bed because she kept climbing out of her cot has been slammed by trolls. Annais Bolton took to TikTok to explain that she'd decided to splash out on a plush new bed for one-year-old Mabel-Maeve after she figured out how to get out of the cot. 3Annais Bolton took to TikTok to share a video of her one-year-old daughter Mabel in her new double bedCredit: TikTok/@annaisbolton/ 3Annais spared no expense in getting a plush double bed for her little girlCredit: TikTok/@annaisbolton/ 3But people were concerned that Mabel was going to roll out of the bed in the nightCredit: TikTok/@annaisbolton/ "I bought my one year old a double bed as she was trying to climb out of her cot," Annais said over a video of Mabel exploring her new bed. "She absolutely loves it and last night was the first night she slept in it. "I was a bit worried about her rolling out but she didn’t roll out and she slept in there the whole night."...
    ROME, Georgia — Marjorie Taylor Greene is the rare House freshman who is already nearly a household name. In the two years since she was elected to represent Georgia's 14th Congressional District, Greene has gone from a CrossFit coach with no political experience to a Republican firebrand who counts former President Donald Trump as a friend and supporter and is now known more for her wild antics and incendiary remarks than for policy. Greene calls members of her own party "pro-pedophile," routinely picks social media fights with Democrats, and had multiple memory lapses recently when asked under oath about her role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. For all of her theatrics, Greene has no real power: She was stripped of her committee assignments for racist remarks she made before she was sworn in. Her in-your-face tactics made her a national name but haven't done much to endear her to constituents who say they've had enough. "She's an embarrassment," said one Rome voter, who asked the Washington Examiner not to reveal her name for fear of retaliation. "She seems...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Before the start of Tuesday’s Miami-Dade commission meeting, protesters gathered in front of the downtown government building to demand that something be done about skyrocketing rents and tenants’ rights. David Peery made his stance on rent increases in the county very clear. READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers Think Gov. DeSantis Will Create New District For Disney, One He Controls“There’s a lot of fear and there’s a lot of pain within the county. I can tell you at least three or four dozen stories of people‘s rent going up by five, six, seven, eight hundred dollars per month,” he said. “how can people afford a place to live when they can barely keep food on the tables.” (CBS4) The sentiments were echoed by others who gathered in front of the government building, standing in solidarity as they sent a strong message to the elected officials. “If we don’t do something now, something radical, we’re not going to have Miami the same way we’ve had it for the last two years,” said Angel Montalvo....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Before the start of Tuesday’s Miami-Dade commission meeting, protesters gathered in front of the downtown government building to demand that something be done about skyrocketing rents and tenants’ rights. David Peery made his stance on rent increases in the county very clear. READ MORE: Florida Lawmakers Think Gov. DeSantis Will Create New District For Disney, One He Controls“There’s a lot of fear and there’s a lot of pain within the county. I can tell you at least three or four dozen stories of people‘s rent going up by five, six, seven, eight hundred dollars per month,” he said. “how can people afford a place to live when they can barely keep food on the tables.” (CBS4) The sentiments were echoed by others who gathered in front of the government building, standing in solidarity as they sent a strong message to the elected officials. “If we don’t do something now, something radical, we’re not going to have Miami the same way we’ve had it for the last two years,” said Angel Montalvo....
    The financial website WalletHub took the pulse of Americans as the Federal Reserve is poised for a rate change.  John S. Kiernan, managing editor of the site, wrote about the survey: Federal Reserve rate hikes can send shockwaves through stock markets and put many people to sleep. But just because the nitty-gritty of the country’s fiscal policy isn’t exciting to most does not mean we’re unaffected. The cost of existing credit card debt will rise by $3.3 billion this year if the Fed raises its target rate on May 4, as expected. More rate hikes are expected from the Fed throughout 2022, too, further putting on indebted consumers. So WalletHub took a survey to discover the public’s sentiment on the subject. And while some people may not be up to date on the Federal Reserve and fiscal policy, respondents had opinions. The key findings of the report include: Overall Inflation Concerns: 85 percent of Americans are concerned about inflation right now. “Consumers were hit hard by rising prices in March as inflation jumped to a level not...
    BABY bumps come in all different shapes and sizes. But one woman has taken to TikTok to reveal that she is fed up with people commenting on the size of her bump. 2Aimee Wilson revealed that at 12 weeks pregnant she already had a large bumpCredit: @pregnantwithbabym/Tiktok 2By 41 weeks, Aimee was fed up with people commenting on how big her bump wasCredit: @pregnantwithbabym/Tiktok 21 year-old mum of one, soon to be mum of two, and TikToker, Aimee Wilson, has been documenting her pregnancy journey online. Aimee is mother to a two-year-old son and is currently due with her second child, due 28th May 2022. But when Aimee was pregnant with her son, she revealed that many people would comment on how large her bump was. Aimee uploaded the video with the caption ‘‘Your bump is so big for only 17 weeks’ This is my bump when pregnant with my son so you can all get an idea on how I carry..’  Read more real life storiesBUMPY RIDE I’m pregnant and I’m sick of being bump-shamed, I love how unique...
    New York (CNN)When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Kim Calichio and her husband, like many people, saw their lives change overnight.A former restaurant chef, Calichio had built a cooking and gardening business that halted completely, leaving her with no income. Her husband, Omar, also a chef, continued his restaurant job, working in close quarters that put him at risk amid the spreading virus."My husband and I were like, at least I can get unemployment," Calichio said. "Where there are five to 15 people that we know who aren't going to have that."In an industry where people typically live paycheck to paycheck and many don't qualify for unemployment benefits, Calichio knew many restaurant workers wouldn't have a safety net to fall back on."I had a choice to either sit here in my house and be overwhelmed," she said, "or, I can do whatever it is that I could possibly do without thinking about whether it's going to work or not."Read MoreSo, in early March 2020, the couple started a GoFundMe with the idea of purchasing fresh, healthy groceries wholesale and delivering them...
    The Federal Reserve building is seen before the Federal Reserve board is expected to signal plans to raise interest rates in March as it focuses on fighting inflation in Washington, January 26, 2022.Joshua Roberts | Reuters If there was any question about where the Federal Reserve stands on the key issue of the day — inflation — two important officials brought even more clarity on Tuesday. Fed Governor Lael Brainard and San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly both issued comments that showed they both envision higher rates and, in the former's case, an aggressive drawdown of the assets the central bank is holding on its balance sheet. Investors didn't particularly like what they heard, sending major averages considerably lower on the day and the 10-year Treasury yield to a new 2022 high. "It is of paramount importance to get inflation down," Brainard said during a Minneapolis Fed webinar. The Federal Open Market Committee, which sets interest rates, "will continue tightening monetary policy methodically through a series of interest rate increases and by starting to reduce the balance sheet at a...
    San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank chief of research Mary Daly stands near the podium before a speech at the CFA Society in San Francisco, California, U.S. July 10 2018.Ann Saphir | Reuters San Francisco Fed President Mary Daly is worried about inflation, telling an audience Tuesday that the high cost of living is causing a heavy burden on society. "I understand that inflation is as harmful as not having a job," she said during a session presented by the Native American Finance Officers Association. "That if you have a job and you can't pay your bills, or I feel like I can't save for what I need to do, then that's keeping you up at night," Daly said. "And our goal is to make sure that people don't stay up worrying about whether their dollar today will be the same and worth a dollar tomorrow." Daly spoke with the Fed embarking on a policy tightening phase that will include higher interest rates and a reduction in the amount of bonds the central bank is holding. Fed officials hope that reversing...
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” Harvard Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy Jason Furman, who was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama said that it “gets more challenging” to bring down the “very unacceptably high” levels of inflation without “ruining” low unemployment every single day and that “the American Rescue Plan has played a role in that inflation.” Furman began by saying, “I think the truth is that gas price inflation mostly is due to the fact that President Putin invaded Ukraine and the set of events that fell out of that. Everything else on gasoline prices is tiny compared to that. … I think the rest of the inflation would still be a problem even if it weren’t for gas price inflation. And absolutely…I think the American Rescue Plan has played a role in that inflation. I think the Fed being behind the curve has played a role in that inflation. Now, what’s most important is what we’re doing about it going forward. Right now, most...
    Hong Kong (CNN)For two years, people in China have largely tolerated living under some of the world's most stringent Covid-19 controls.Shut borders, constant digital tracking, and the potential for mass testing and snap lockdowns whenever a handful of cases appeared were all trade-offs for a comparatively Covid-free life while the pandemic raged overseas.But China's inability to bring its latest outbreak under control has prompted online rumblings from frustrated citizens, as questions about Beijing's zero-Covid strategy break into the mainstream for the first time.In the tech hub of Shenzhen on Sunday, videos shared online showed residents protesting in a locked-down district, after restrictions lasted for several days longer than scheduled, according to social media posts."You can't do this -- we need to eat and pay the rent," a man among a crowd of protesters is heard yelling in anguish at health care workers, who stood behind high plastic barriers, according to a video shared online.Read More"Unlock! We demand lifting the lockdown!" others shouted in a second clip. In another instance, in the neighboring city of Guangzhou earlier this month, thousands of...
    New York (CNN Business)Americans have watched prices for everything from diapers to gas go up over the past year. So far, they have kept reaching for their wallets. But what happens when they reach their breaking point?The pandemic and the supply chain crisis have pushed the cost of virtually everything higher. Food and cars are more expensive, as are transport and labor costs, making inflation the buzzword of the moment.In February, consumer prices increased at a level not seen since the start of 1982. And odds are it won't stop there."A month ago, we were generally looking at inflation that was primarily in areas that you were spending more on because of the pandemic," such as cars, housing and home renovations, said Frances Donald, global chief economist and strategist at Manulife Investment Management. "These were more optional types of inflation."After a year of soaring costs, the Ukraine-Russia conflict is pushing prices for more essential categories, like food and energy, up even more.Read MoreThe price hikes Americans are likely to experience in the coming months will be much harder to get...
    Your morning starts to go downhill quickly, however, when you realize that your SUV is almost out of gas. You pull the old clunker, with its antiquated combustion engine, into the nearest open station you can find — it looks pretty run-down — and roll up to the pump. A dull-eyed teenager in a face mask inserts a nozzle into your vehicle and waits for you to pre-pay. You wave your phone at the pump. Nothing happens. You try again. Your phone buzzes, and you look at it. There’s a message from the Fed: “You have already spent more than the $400 maximum weekly limit on fossil fuels specified in the FedWallet User Agreement. Your remaining account balance cannot be used to purchase non-renewable energy resources. Please make an alternative purchase. Have you considered a clean, affordable New Energy Vehicle? Thank you for doing your part to build a more just and sustainable world!” You have in fact considered purchasing a clean, affordable New Energy Vehicle. But they still aren’t very affordable for you, what with the...
    AT a rail terminus where traumatised victims of this senseless conflict gather, the cluster of Red Cross tents are a godsend. Mums and children with stories of death and destruction are queuing for a place on a train or bus ride to safety. 4Mums and children with stories of death and destruction are queuing for a place on a train or bus ride to safety 4Mum Alona Yeskova, 33 cuddles daughters Miroslava, five, and Sophie, nine The bright red crosses that emblazon the tents in Lviv’s snow-flecked square are a beacon of both comfort and hope. Mum Alona Yeskova, 33 — cuddling daughters Miroslava, five, and Sophie, nine — told me: “We are safe, warm and have had a good meal thanks to the Red Cross.” The social media developer added: “We ran for our lives from Kharkiv and when we got here we weren’t expecting any help. But for two days the Red Cross has fed us, given us blankets and offered advice on getting to Poland.” When told that Sun readers are donating tens of thousands of pounds...
    A PREGNANT mum has gone viral after showing off her large baby bump on TikTok. The expectant mum, Brooke, known as ‘brookesobasic’ on TikTok, is currently two weeks overdue and is desperate to meet her baby boy.  3Brooke has gone viral on TikTok after she showed off her large baby bumpCredit: Tiktok/@brookesobasic Brooke has posted a variety of videos showing off her pregnant belly, with her most popular one going viral with 3.5million views. Now 42 weeks pregnant, Brooke explained that people often comment on the size of her bump and can’t believe that she is only pregnant with one child. Brooke said: “Someone told me my belly is so big - my baby is living in a loft and already has wifi. “I posted a YouTube Short and woke up to thousands of kids roasting me.  “I can laugh about some comments because I know I carry big. “This baby was estimated at 6.4 at 35 weeks.  Most read in Lifestyle'VERY DEPRESSING' Harry became 'miserable & distant' after meeting MeghanLOW OPINIONS Meghan & Harry advised to 'ditch attention-seeking stunts'...
    CHOOSING YOUR child’s name is an important decision and one that many will not take lightly. You want to make sure that you give your child a name that they will love, right? 2One woman has taken to Mumsnet to explain the awkward situation she has found herself in regarding her son's nameCredit: Getty And you also don’t want anyone to have anything nasty to say about your choice.  But one mum has been left in an awkward situation after both of her parents made comments about her son’s name. The woman revealed that she deliberated on her son’s name for nine months before he was born and has been left shocked that her parents aren’t keen. But not only are her parents not keen on the name, they even compared him to a fascist… The woman took to Mumsnet to explain her awkward situation. She said: “I love the name we have given our son, it feels perfect and was not given without a good nine months of serious deliberation..  Most read in LifestyleFISH OUT OF WATER Harry 'clearly...
    New York (CNN Business)High inflation is making Americans unhappy, and the Federal Reserve must step up its campaign to get prices back under control, a top Fed official said Monday."This inflation we're seeing is very bad for low and moderate-income households," St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard told CNBC. "Real wages are declining. People are unhappy. Consumer confidence is declining. This is not a good situation."Bullard, who has been more worried about high inflation than some of his colleagues, noted the central bank has been caught off guard by the spike in prices. To fight inflation, the Fed may resort to a tool it hasnt used since 2000"We have been surprised [by] the upside on inflation. This is a lot of inflation in the US economy," said Bullard, who is a member of the Fed's rate-setting committee. "Our credibility is on the line here. We have to react to data. However, I think we can do it in a way that is organized and not disruptive to markets."Bullard reiterated his concern that the central bank may not be moving...
    Want to rent a place in Manhattan? Buy a house in the Sun Belt? Live virtually anywhere in the U.S.? That’ll cost you more than ever before. It’s easy to suppose that the reason is another Wall Street movie moment where Gordon Gekko argues for the beneficence of greed. And, yes, that’s part. But the dynamics of the housing market are far more complicated and subtle. A lack of effective national housing policy combined with an easy monetary strategy turned into a major aggravating factor. Too Much Money Plenty of money would keep people happy, you’d think. And it does, except when it comes to money pouring into investment areas. For almost 14 years, ever since the Great Recession that started in 2008, the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates historically low to encourage companies to invest and expand their businesses. The Fed also bought an enormous number of Treasury securities to keep credit markets from freezing up by injecting massive amounts of capital through these purchases. As of Feb. 2, the Fed had a total of $5.7 trillion of...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Two restaurant outbursts in just the last 24 hours in Chicago, both rooted in angry customers upset with COVID-19 rules. CBS 2’s Chris Tye reports from a River North McDonalds where nerves are more frayed, according to experts, more than at any time in the pandemic. READ MORE: Gun Charges Issued In West Side Shootout Over Which Mayor Lightfoot, State's Attorney Foxx Clashed Publicly In OctoberFast food, quick tempers and a hasty race to get to the end of the COVID pandemic. From the golden arches to the Wiener’s Circle, there are flare ups in a frequency not seen before in the pandemic. “Some people are just fed up, I guess.” The heat Wednesday night at the Wiener Circle came from the other side of the glass. A customer caught on tape was told no mask, no service. He said a couple words, walked out the door, came back in threw a couple of snowballs behind the counter,” said Weiner Circle general manager Evelyn Morris who called 911. As they waited for police.. (“He) found some type...
    RUUD GULLIT says black people are fed up with being overlooked for football’s top jobs. Gullit was the first black manager to win a major English trophy as Chelsea’s FA Cup-winning boss in 1997. 2Ex-Stamford Bridge chief Ruud Gullit says Patrick Vieira is doing a great job but it's a shame the Arsenal legend is the only black manager in the PremCredit: Getty 2Patrick Vieira has been praised by Ruud Gullit for the way he has reshaped the Palace style of playCredit: AFP Twenty five years later Patrick Vieira is the only black manager in the Premier League despite it being regarded as the most innovative and forward thinking in the world. Gullit said: “We are tired of being the assistants all the time. “It is the case in almost all of Europe. You cannot tell me there are no black managers, you cannot tell that no black people want to be a manager. “You have Vieira. He is doing a great job, doing well. He got an opportunity. We don’t want to see him as a black manager. We...
    Dr. Lisa Cook, one of President Joe Biden’s nominees for the Federal Reserve board of governors, has a history of canceling those critical of Black Lives Matter (BLM), supporting reparations, and advocating for policies that could politicize the Fed. Biden nominated Cook to serve on the board of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank and the key regulator of the financial industry. Cook is a professor of economics and international relations at Michigan State University. Cook served as the deputy team lead for the Federal Reserve, Banking, and Securities Agency Review Team on the Biden-Harris Transition Team. Cook and Sarah Bloom Raskin are both up for consideration for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. If confirmed, they will be one of seven Fed governors. That will make them voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee, which sets interest rate policy in the U.S. The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday regarding their qualifications for the position. Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Pat Toomey (R-PA) raised serious questions this week regarding Cook and Raskin’s...
    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Landslides caused by heavy rains killed at least 19 people in Brazil’s largest state on Sunday according to local officials, who said flooding forced some 500,000 families from their homes over the weekend. Three people from the same family died after a landslide destroyed their house in the city of Embu das Artes, according to the municipal government, while four other people were rescued by firemen. Four children died in Francisco Morato, according to Sao Paulo state Gov. João Doria, and the state government said four other people died in in Franco da Rocha. Deaths also were reported in Ribeirão Preto and Jaú. Doria used a helicopter to survey damaged areas on Sunday and announced the equivalent of $2.8 million in financial aid to affected cities. In addition to landslides, the rains also caused flooding and overflowing rivers, forcing 500,000 families to leave their homes, according to the Sao Paulo state government. Several roads and highways were also blocked. Because of disruptions caused by the rain, Sao Paulo’s city government canceled scheduled vaccinations against COVID-19. Southeastern...
    VIDEO4:0504:05Jim Cramer says investors should be 'prudent' about selling and buyingSquawk Box CNBC's Jim Cramer on Thursday cautioned investors against rushing to empty or beef up their portfolios based on movements outside of normal U.S. trading hours. "Don't pay attention to what the futures [are] doing. Pay attention to what you like," Cramer said on "Squawk Box," before stocks opened higher Thursday. "We have a lot of stocks that, literally, you can get them for far lower than they should [be] because the machines are obliterating them." The "Mad Money" host has previously ridiculed those he calls "pajama traders" for influencing premarket sentiment as they trade futures contracts, often based on headlines and algorithms. His comments Thursday came as U.S. equity futures pointed to a positive open at the 9:30 a.m. ET opening bell. However, futures had been down sharply at one point in overnight trading. "Why are people so desperate to sell at 1 a.m.? What do they know?" Cramer asked rhetorically. "The answer is nothing," he contended. The stock market's recent volatility comes as Wall Street closely monitors...
    DEAR HARRIETTE: I am the nanny to two young children whom I absolutely love, but I don’t love their parents. Harriette Cole  I think that the parents can be neglectful. I don’t really like the way that they speak to me, their children or to others. The mother is especially rude. My attachment to the kids is what keeps me at the job. The job is enjoyable because I love spending time with them. I’m afraid I’m not doing what is right for me, but what is right for the kids. Is it time for me to go? How do I know when it’s time to move on? Love Being a Nanny DEAR LOVE BEING A NANNY: Why do you think the mother is so rude? Can you figure out what’s going on with her? Is there a way for you to establish a better rapport with her? Try that before you walk away. For the good of the children, it would be healthy if you and the parents could have a more respectful relationship. Otherwise, the children will believe...
    President Joe Biden began his press conference, his first in 78 days, with a strong defense of his first year in office where he admitted he should have had more COVID tests ready for Americans and blamed the record-high inflation on the pandemic and the actions of the Federal Reserve. ‘I didn't overpromise. What I have outperformed what anybody thought would happen,’ Biden said at the event, which came one day ahead of his one-year annivesary in office.  He started off by bragging about how many people got vaccinated his first year in office and his American Rescue Plan, which provided $1.9 trillion in COVID relief money in the early days of his presidency. But he also conceded to the frustration being felt by Americans thanks to high prices, empty grocery shelves and long lines for COVID tests. 'Should we have done more testing earlier? Yes. We're doing more now,' he said. President Joe Biden began his press conference, his first in 78 days, with a strong defense of his first year in office He conceded the pandemic...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation’s top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department should stop using it. Jennifer Homendy, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she’s surprised the wording remains on the department’s website even as the Biden administration pledges to embark on a broader strategy to stave off crashes through better road design, auto safety features and other measures. Auto safety advocates have been calling on the department for years to stop using the statistic, including requests by Homendy in recent months as well as a letter from auto safety groups to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg last month. They call the figure an unacceptable “excuse” for surging crashes. In a section touting the safety potential of automated vehicles, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website states “94% of serious crashes are due to human error.” “That has to change,” Homendy said of NHTSA’s...
    Friday’s jobs report from the Department of Labor was a warning sign about the US economy. It should cause widespread concern about the Fed’s plans to raise interest rates to control inflation. And it should cause policymakers to rethink ending government supports such as extended unemployment insurance and the child tax credit. These will soon be needed to keep millions of families afloat. Employers added only 199,000 jobs in December. That’s the fewest new jobs added in any month last year. In November, employers added 249,000. The average for 2021 was 537,000 jobs per month. Note also that the December survey was done in mid-December, before the latest surge in the Omicron variant of Covid caused millions of people to stay home. But the Fed is focused on the fact that average hourly wages climbed 4.7% over the year. Central bankers believe those wage increases have been pushing up prices. They also believe the US is nearing “full employment” – the maximum rate of employment possible without igniting even more inflation. As a result, the Fed is about to prescribe...
    As coronavirus cases soared across Los Angeles last week, Jennifer Chan entered Olvera Street’s Casa California in search of the colorful and decorative papel picado for her baby shower. “I wanted something that said ‘California’ for the party,” said Chan, 28, a La Mirada resident who is six months pregnant and whose East Coast family was flying in for the event. “Plus, I really wanted to get out of the house for a change.” Chan, who works as a computer programmer, has generally been extremely cautious throughout the pandemic — getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as she was eligible and leaving her home as little as possible. But recently she’s longed for the normalcy of her pre-pandemic life. A few months ago she agreed to allow a close friend to throw her an in-person baby shower, and over the last two weeks she’s ventured into a grocery store and even dined at two restaurants. “I’m about to go through my own lockdown once this baby comes,” said Chan, pointing to her stomach. “So, I’m going to be safe absolutely,...
    CHRISTMAS just wouldn’t be Christmas without arguing, would it? What will dominate much of this year’s disputes will doubtless be about having unvaxxed people in our homes.  3Ulrika Jonsson is fed up with the 'anti-vax squad'Credit: The Sun 3Ulrika, pictured with her four children, says un-vaccinated people are banned from hers this ChristmasCredit: INSTAGRAM If, God willing, BoJo and his fellow Downing Street ravers, do actually let us spend time together. I surround myself by sensible people.  All my close friends and family have done their bit for society and against Covid.  They have duly rolled their sleeves up when required; have tested regularly and have isolated or quarantined when asked to do so. I’m utterly fed up with the anti-vax squad.  Many of them I’ve come across are the younger generation. They’re conspiracy theorists.  They believe it’s all a myth or a lie and that we’re being controlled....
    Just because Republicans choose to elevate the worst people in the country doesn't mean Congress has to abandon basic ethical norms In the news today: The economic news continues to be surprisingly bright, considering that we're still knee-deep in a worldwide pandemic. As courts continue to treat the invented "executive privilege" claims an ex-president with skepticism, Donald Trump's inner circle is shifting to declarations that they'll invoke their Fifth Amendment rights—the right to refuse to testify when accused of committing a crime—if forced to appear before the congressional committee investigating the origins of the Jan. 6 insurrection. That's not necessarily a maneuver that's going to pay off any better for them, however. In the Senate, the dance to keep the government open without requiring a single Republican vote to do so and while keeping the filibuster intact has once again devolved into farce. And in the House, fed-up Democrats want to see the bigoted pro-sedition Boebert stripped of duties for her relentless attacks on a Muslim colleague. Just because the Republican Party refuses to impose ethical standards for its members...
    DEAR MISS MANNERS: Four years ago, I lost 70 pounds. Even though I am still considered overweight, I have maintained my weight loss and healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. Despite this, every time the new year comes around, it never fails that some stranger at the gym will say, “Working on a New Year’s resolution?” or “Trying to get back in shape?” or “Committing to a healthier lifestyle?” I find this really offensive, as it implies that I’ve just started going to the gym, when the reality is that I work out and diet right up until Christmas Eve and start up again a couple of days later. It also bothers me because no one ever talks to me at the gym except on these occasions. Related Articles Miss Manners: He makes demeaning hand gestures when I try to tell a story Miss Manners: I mean well with my gifts to these people, but my husband says I need to stop Miss Manners: The gift he always gives me arouses my snark ...
    Federal reserve chair Jerome Powell warned Tuesday the central bank may need to 'taper' its asset-purchases sooner as he told senators the new Omicron variant could keep more people working at home amid ongoing inflation, in testimony that sent stocks tumbling. Powell's comments came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped more than 500 points Tuesday morning, amid ongoing fears about the new COVID-19 variant. His warning comes as scientists and policymakers are still grappling with how to deal with the new virus variant, and   'At this point the economy is very strong and inflationary pressures are high, and it is therefore appropriate in my view to consider wrapping up the taper of our asset purchases which we actually announced at the November meeting perhaps a few months sooner,' Powell said, in reference to the Fed's bond-buying program. 
    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell will testify that the omicron variant of COVID-19 could end up harming the economy and worsening inflation. Powell, who was just recently renominated by President Joe Biden to remain at the helm of the central bank, will testify alongside Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen on Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee, where he will be asked questions about the new omicron variant in addition to other queries. “The recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the omicron variant pose downside risks to employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation,” Powell said in prepared remarks for Tuesday’s testimony. “Greater concerns about the virus could reduce people’s willingness to work in person, which would slow progress in the labor market and intensify supply chain disruptions.” The newest COVID-19 variant has the potential to worsen the country’s inflation and supply chain problems, although it all depends on how much worse omicron turns out to be than other strains. BIDEN VOWS TO FIGHT OMICRON SURGE WITH MASKS AND SHOTS, NOT...
    (CNN)After the last plate has been cleared from the table and everyone -- except the person stuck washing dishes -- has migrated to the couch, it's time to begin the next part of the Thanksgiving tradition. Yes, it's time to divvy up and work through the leftovers.Boost your mood with this 5-day gratitude challengeThese recommendations aren't about reinventing the wheel. We're offering a few options that will give you something to look forward to on your post-holiday meal plan. These are foods we already love, with Thanksgiving dishes folded into the familiar recipes.Sorry, same old next-day sandwiches and turkey tetrazzini. We're going in a different direction this time around.Turkey enchiladasRead MoreTry this couch workout and feel better about binge-watching TVMany of us turn to ground turkey as a healthier option in a variety of recipes. But it's just as easy to chop up leftover Thanksgiving turkey and sneak it into non-holiday comfort food. Start by adding it to your favorite enchilada (or taco or burrito bowl) recipe.Try these turkey black bean enchiladas, and feel free to substitute a quality canned...