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    West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is catching more heat from fellow Democrats on Monday, with Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin accusing the centrist of letting the party's budget talks 'drag out' for months before voicing opposition to more of its key measures. Conservative Democrat Manchin told Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer that he could not support the reconciliation bill's climate change provisions late last week. He killed a $1.75 trillion version of the spending package during a Fox News interview in December last year - delivering an embarrassing blow to President Joe Biden's agenda.  'My major frustration is I think Joe should have made his position clearer a hell of a long time ago,' said Durbin, Schumer's number two. The Illinois Democrat fumed to CNN that Manchin let 'this thing drag out for six or seven months of this year' before voicing his opposition. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had harsher words for Manchin during a Sunday ABC News interview, accusing him of 'intentionally sabotaging' the president's agenda.  Asked about the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist's fiery remarks and similar sentiments from...
    Donald Trump turned on his daughter Ivanka Trump after her testimony to the committee investigating the January 6th insurrection revealed she didn't think the 2020 presidential election was rigged. Her words, given in a video-taped deposition, were played during Thursday night's prime time hearing. The former president said on Friday that Ivanka was 'not involved in looking' at the results of the 2020 election.  'Ivanka Trump was not involved in looking at, or studying, Election results. She had long since checked out and was, in my opinion, only trying to be respectful to Bill Barr and his position as attorney general (he sucked),' Trump wrote on Truth Social, the network he helped establish after he was banned from Twitter. It was a shocking turn of events. Trump and his daughter were known for their close relationship and she was seen as his favorite child. She severed as an adviser in his White House and Trump often said she could be president one day. The former president has repeatedly pushed the false claim he won the 2020 election over Joe Biden...
    President Joe Biden officially announced a new $700 million security package for the Ukraine on Wednesday amid Russian warnings he was 'adding fuel to the fire' by including medium-range rocket systems. 'This new package will arm them with new capabilities and advanced weaponry, including HIMARS with battlefield munitions, to defend their territory from Russian advances,' Biden said in a statement.  The lateset round of military aid comes as the Pentagon snapped back at the flak from the Kremlin, saying Russia didn't get to vote on U.S. assistance and describing Moscow's invasion as 'off plan.'  Besides the missile system, the assistance also includes helicopters, Javelin anti-tank weapon systems, tactical vehicles, and more. Ukraine has promised the United States it will not fire the weapons into Russian territory. But the Kremlin fired back, accusing Washington of provocative behavior.  'We believe that the United States is purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire,' spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. When asked how Russia would respond if Ukraine used U.S.-supplied rockets to strike Russian territory, Peskov replied: 'Let's not talk about worst-case scenarios.' He said...
    President Joe Biden announced on Monday that the U.S. will not be giving Ukraine long-range missiles that can reach into Russia after Moscow warned that such a move would cross a red line. Kyiv has repeatedly requested U.S. Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) that can fire missiles hundreds of miles as it fights for control of its eastern Donbas region. Last week, reports surfaced that the weapons could be part of the next package of aid, expected to be announced this week. But Biden dashed Ukrainian hopes as he returned to the White House after a weekend away. 'We are not going to send to Ukraine rocket systems that strike into Russia,' he told reporters.  Ukraine has already deployed dozens of U.S.-made M109 self-propelled howitzers which provide long-range artillery fire power, as the conflict morphs into a tactical battle over distance.  President Joe Biden arrived back at the White House on Monday morning and told reporters that the U.S. will not be sending Ukraine rocket systems that can strike into Russia Ukraine has been demanding Multiple Launch Rocket Systems -...
    And I want to be extremely clear that child sexual abuse is never ever okay. But having an attraction to minors as long as it isn't acted on doesn't mean the person who has those attractions is doing something wrong. I think we have a tendency to want to categorize people with these attractions as evil or morally corrupt. But when we're talking about non-offending MAPS, these are people who have an attraction that they didn't ask for. And one that frequently they would give anything to change. But they find that they're unable to change those attractions. And most importantly, the people in my study did not act on them. Here's the interview: Prostasia Conversations: Allyn Walker youtu.be Walker's bio in "Experiences of Trans Scholars in Criminology and Criminal Justice" indicates the professor is "queer" and "nonbinary trans."What happened next?Amid controversy over the interview, Walker was placed on administrative leave in mid-November. By the end of the month, news hit that Walker was resigning amid "multiple threats ... made against me and the campus community generally."...
    (CNN)House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy discussed the 25th Amendment on a call with GOP leadership days after the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and said the process "takes too long," according to an audio recording obtained by two New York Times reporters and shared with CNN. McCarthy also said during the call that he wanted to reach out to then-President-elect Joe Biden as he expressed hope for a "smooth transition," and said he thought impeachment would further divide the nation. The call took place on January 8, 2021, and the audio was obtained for the new book "This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America's Future," by Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns.At one point in the recording, McCarthy asks an aide for a readout of a separate call. It's not clear exactly what call he is referring to. The aide responds, "I think the options that have been cited by the Democrats so far are the 25th Amendment, which is not exactly an elegant solution here." McCarthy interjects to say, "That takes too long too....
    Cocci added, "[Saget] said he had long-term COVID, and it was taking his body a long time to get over it. He said that his hearing had been off and that was the case that night. He was asking the sound guys to turn everything up. And [he said] that he had been sick the night before — his hearing was off, and he had a sore throat. He was happy he had lozenges for the stage." Cpl. Brian Meadows said that he was moved to interview those in Saget's circle following conversations with Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Joshua Stephany, who told Meadows that he could "not state definitively" when Saget's apparent head injury had occurred, "but believed it was probably within hours of his death, possibly within a day or two, depending on several medical factors." Stephany added that Saget would have "exhibited significant signs that something was wrong." Hospitality employee Richard Stanford told investigators that during a conversation, Saget's train of thought seemed fairly erratic, but that he chalked the behavior...
    To add to the mystery of how Bob Saget fell in his Florida hotel room and suffered a fatal brain injury, the “Full House” star said he didn’t feel well and that his hearing was “off” before performing a comedy set the night before his death, according to a new report. Saget, 65, also told a showrunner at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall near Jacksonville, Florida that he was suffering from “long-term COVID” and that it had taken “his body a long time to get over it.” That’s what the showrunner, Rosalie Cocci, told Orange County Sheriff’s investigators in an interview conducted after the actor’s death, according to audio obtained by Page Six. “I did hear him say, ‘I don’t feel good but I’m ready to do the show. This is what I do this for.’ He seemed to be talking himself up,” Cocci told investigators. Cocci, who runs errands for talent and staff at the concert hall, said, “He said that his hearing had been off and that was the case that night. He was asking the sound guys...
    A MUM has shared the devastating video of her son having his hair cut which he had grown out for years after staying with his grandparents. The mum posted the video on TikTok, which has since gone viral with over 24 million views. 3The back of his hair was completed matted after his grandparents refused to help him brush it claims the mumCredit: @xanthehorrorfan/Tiktok 3He had to get a chunk cut off as the matting was so badCredit: @xanthehorrorfan/Tiktok In the clip the mum says her son was in quarantine with his grandparents for three weeks after they tested positive for coronavirus. During that time, her 8-year-old son was reminded by his mum to brush his hair daily, but he told her he needed help with the back as he couldn't reach it. The mum tried to tell the grandparents that he needed help but they refused after insisting 'boys shouldn't have long hair' said his mum. The mum claims that for the three weeks he was in their care they did not help him brush his hair, resulting in...
    Bay Area diners said farewell to a lot of beloved restaurants in 2021. The ones we pay tribute to here had been favorites for generations. Some chefs and owners decided to retire; others couldn’t weather the costs of doing business in this pandemic era or lost their leases to redevelopment plans or may have simply cashed out. Here, in order of longevity, were 10 restaurants in business for 30 years or more that shut their doors. Let us know if we missed one of your favorites. ORIGINAL U.S. RESTAURANT, about 125 years: This historic and homey Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood has seen a succession of addresses and owners over the past century-plus, though details about who owned the restaurant and when may be lost to history. One thing’s certain: The U.S. in the name doesn’t stand for United States. It’s short for Unione Sportiva — a reference to the Italian-American athletic clubs the restaurant fed back in the 1890s, the website says. According to the SF Chronicle, co-owner Alberto Cipollina chalked up the closure to retirement...
    James Franco has admitted it was 'hurtful' Seth Rogen said he had 'no plans to work with him in the future' after his sexual misconduct accusations came to light. During a very candid conversation, the actor, 43, said he has spoken out now as he 'doesn't want Seth or my brother or anyone to have to answer for him anymore'.  Speaking on the SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Podcast, James said he 'absolutely loves Seth' who he worked with on films such as Pineapple Express, This is The End and The Interview.    Upset: James Franco has admitted it was 'hurtful' Seth Rogen said he had 'no plans to work with him in the future' after his sexual misconduct accusations came to light (pictured in 2014) In January of 2018, five women told the Los Angeles Times that Franco had been sexually inappropriate or exploitative with them. One detailed how Franco removed plastic guards from actress' vulvas during a sex scene while simulating oral sex. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'I could never be faithful to anybody': James Franco admits......
    President Joe Biden delivered remarks about the Covid-19 pandemic from the White House on Tuesday and afterward took questions from the press corps. Phil Mattingly of CNN was first out of the gate: “On testing, sir, you said we have to do better, but public health officials have been saying for months you need to surge rapid tests for just this moment. Is it a failure that you don’t have an adequate amount of tests for everyone to be able to get one if they need one right now?” Biden denied there had been a failure, yet at the same time acknowledged “Covid is spreading so rapidly,” and added, “I don’t think anybody anticipated that this was gonna be as rapidly spreading as it did.” The president stated that “all of a sudden it was like everybody rushed to the counter” to obtain tests. “And I knew that was coming, so what I tried to do is meet with the companies and use the Defense Production Act to get a half a billion more tests and figure out how to...
    NEW YORK -- American journalist Danny Fenster, who was freed after nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar, arrived Tuesday in the United States for an emotional reunion with his family.Fenster, who was sentenced last week to 11 years of hard labor, was handed over Monday to former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release. He is one of more than 100 journalists, media officials or publishers who have been detained since the military ousted the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in February.Fenster said it "feels incredible" to be home as he arrived in New York. It's been a "long time coming, a moment I had been imagining so intensely for so long. Surpasses everything I had imagined."His mother, Rose, rushed over to hug him as he stepped out of a car outside an airport hotel. His brother and father also embraced him.While jailed, Fenster told his lawyer that he believed he had COVID-19, though prison authorities denied that. Late Monday, as he transited through Qatar, he told reporters that he was physically...
    NEW YORK -- American journalist Danny Fenster, who was freed after nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar, arrived Tuesday in the United States for an emotional reunion with his family.Fenster, who was sentenced last week to 11 years of hard labor, was handed over Monday to former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release. He is one of more than 100 journalists, media officials or publishers who have been detained since the military ousted the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in February.Fenster said it "feels incredible" to be home as he arrived in New York. It's been a "long time coming, a moment I had been imagining so intensely for so long. Surpasses everything I had imagined."His mother, Rose, rushed over to hug him as he stepped out of a car outside an airport hotel. His brother and father also embraced him.While jailed, Fenster told his lawyer that he believed he had COVID-19, though prison authorities denied that. Late Monday, as he transited through Qatar, he told reporters that he was physically...
    A POUNDLAND super-fan has revealed how she spent almost £350 in the discount store with staff printing its longest ever receipts. Liyana, who often shares videos of her huge shopping hauls on her YouTube channel Liyana Lifestyle, recently shared footage of her enormous shopping spree. 3Poundland super-fan Liyana spent £346 in the bargain shopCredit: YouTube / Liyana Lifestyle 3She produced the longest receipt the store had ever seenCredit: YouTube / Liyana Lifestyle 3Liyana admitted she was a little embarrassed at the tillsCredit: YouTube/ Liyana Lifestyle Joined by her partner, Liyana headed to her local Poundland where she did not hold back, bagging hundreds of bargains in just one spree. Her grand total was £346, although this was not equivalent to 346 items as some, including a faux plant pot at £3 and a bubble jug at £1.50, cost a little more than a quid. Among her purchases Liyana picked up one of every single item in the Halloween range, homewares including soap dispensers and crockery and storage baskets. She also bagged plenty of festive treats including the popular Gonks, Christmas...
    Drew Barrymores Debut Lifestyle & Cookbook Is Available on Amazon — & Its 28% Off AC Milan vs. Venezia odds, expert picks, how to watch, live stream: Sept. 22 Italian Serie A predictions Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Refi Rates at 1.93% APR. Do you qualify? Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © AFF-USA/Shutterstock Not fully over? Kendall Long and Joe Amabile have appeared to stay on good terms following their January 2020 split — and at times have even sung each other’s praises while trying to move on. The TV personalities met while filming season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise in the summer of 2018. While they broke up on the beach, the twosome quickly reconnected outside of the show and continued to date. Their reunion was featured on the September 2018 BiP finale. “I feel like the one thing with Joe is that he’s...
    After various networks and news outlets called the California recall election in favor of Gavin Newsom, the Democrat governor delivered a victory speech in which he praised the state for saying “Yes” to science, vaccines, and a number of progressive causes near and dear to his heart. “We said yes to science. We said yes to vaccines. We said yes to ending this pandemic. We said yes to people’s right to vote without fear of fake fraud or voter suppression,” Newsom began. Moving on from the pandemic, Newsom touted abortion rights and diversity, even though his victory stopped California from potentially electing its first black governor. “We said yes to women’s fundamental constitutional right to decide for herself what she does with her body, her fate, and her future,” Newsom said. “We said yes to diversity. We said yes to inclusion. We said yes to pluralism. We said yes to all those things that we hold dear as Californians, and I would argue, as Americans.” “Economic justice, social justice, racial justice, environmental justice are values where California has made...
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed then-President Donald Trump in the days following the January 6th riot on Capitol Hill, mocking him for having a 'fat butt' and saying he's been 'crazy for a long time,' a bombshell new book revealed. While Trump's close friend and ally, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, said the former president has 'personality problems' that will need to be dealt with if he seeks the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. Pelosi had a blunt phone call with General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in the days after the insurrection to discuss the process to launch America's nuclear weapons. She expressed her concern about Trump's fitness to make such a decision, according to Bob Woodward and Bob Costa's forthcoming book Peril, excerpts of which were published by CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post. 'What I'm saying to you is that if they couldn't even stop him from an assault on the Capitol, who even knows what else he may do? And is there anybody in charge at the White House who was doing anything but...
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    HEAVENLY Controller is known by fans for being a gaming YouTuber. The 26-year-old Long Beach native has found himself facing some serious allegations. 2Heavenly Controller is facing serious allegations against himCredit: Instagram What has Heavenly Controller been accused of? Heavenly Controller has been accused of allegedly sexually assaulting a number of women. In reponse to the accusations he posted a video on Twitter in which he denied the allegations that are circling the internet. In the clip, he said: “First and foremost, anybody who was indirectly affected by the situation because of their association with me, I take full responsibility for that, and that was never by intention.” “As for any of these allegations of me not abiding by someone’s consent or by molestation, sexual assault, harassment, whatever. I have not and will not ever do anything like that." 2The YouTuber has denied all of the allegationsCredit: Instagram What has Long Beach Griffy said? One of Heavenly Controller’s friends has now given his take on the situtaion. Youtuber Long Beach Griffy posted a video titled: “How feminists claim sexual assault.”...
    The Biden administration was warned by U.S. intelligence agencies that Afghan forces could crumble 'within days' after foreign troops left, according to a former CIA counter-terrorism chief who also advised the president's campaign.  But in an interview released on Thursday morning, President Biden claimed that he was never told that such a rapid collapse was possible. And a day earlier, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he never saw any intelligence warning that the Afghan government could fall in 11 days.  Their claims were disputed in a detailed account describing the state of understanding at the CIA written by Douglas London, the agency's former counter-terrorism chief for south and south-west Asia, offered a very different assessment. He said the rapid collapse was one of a number of possible scenarios. 'Ultimately, it was assessed, Afghan forces might capitulate under the circumstances we witnessed, in projections highlighted to Trump officials and future Biden officials alike,' he wrote on the Just Security website. Former CIA analyst Douglas London (left) disputed President Biden's claim that he was not...
    A couple of months ago we told you that NASA is preparing its return to Venus, a rocky planet that is truly fascinating, not only because it is close to Earth, but also because it is surrounded by a huge halo of mystery, and of numerous theories that assure that, at some point, it could be perfectly habitable. Those of you who read us daily are already aware of these theories. They are not simple inventions of fans of space exploration, but have been considered by the experts of the main international space exploration agencies. A terraformed Venus with a totally tropical climate, warmer than Earth, but habitable, it could have existed a long time ago, and it probably stayed in that state for a long time. How then did it come to be the hell it is today? There are several theories, but one of the ones that makes the most sense is that due to a natural catastrophe, such as a massive eruption of its main volcanoes, generated a huge greenhouse effect from which the planet could...
    Emma Corrin starred in "The Crown." Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP Emma Corrin previously described themselves as "queer" in an Instagram post. Their Instagram bio has the preferred pronouns "she/they." Corrin has now said they are still figuring out where they are in terms of queer identity. Business Insider: A daily selection of curated stories Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Emma Corrin has said that they aren't sure where they place in terms of gender identity. "The Crown" star, who played Princess Diana in the fourth season of the hit Netflix show, has previously said they are queer in an Instagram post. But now, Corrin opened up in an interview with ITV News and explained that they feel they still have to figure out where they place in terms of gender identity. "I think visibility is key with these things. I've felt it, because my journey has been a long one...
    Great Britain's Olivia Breen celebrates winning gold in the Women's Long Jump T38 Final during day four of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships at London Stadium. Victoria Jones/PA Images/Getty Images Paralympic world champ Olivia Breen said an official called her briefs "too short and inappropriate." The official made the remark after she competed at the English Championships on Sunday, Breen said. The long-jump athlete questioned if a male competitor would face the same criticism.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Olivia Breen, a two-time Paralympic world champion, said she was told by an official at the English Championships in Bedford, England, on Sunday that her competition briefs were "too short and inappropriate." Breen, who wrote about the exchange in a statement on Twitter on Sunday, said she was left speechless and outraged, and questioned whether a male athlete would be subjected to the same remarks. "I have been wearing the same sprint style briefs for many years and they are specifically designed for competing in," Breen, 24, wrote. "I will hopefully be wearing them in Tokyo....
    Two-time Team GB Paralympian Olivia Breen has revealed she was left 'speechless' after being told her sprinting briefs were 'too short and inappropriate'.  Breen, 24, who has cerebral palsy and is set to compete at the Paralympics in Tokyo next month, was approached by a female official after the long jump event at the English Championships in Bedford on Sunday.  The Welsh athlete, who competes as a sprinter and in the long jump, was wearing Adidas competition briefs that she has worn for 'many years' and questioned whether a male athlete would have received the same comments.  Two-time Team GB Paralympian Olivia Breen has revealed she was left 'speechless' after being told her sprinting briefs were 'too short and inappropriate'. Pictured, Olivia wearing the same jersey and briefs at another event last month The Welsh athlete, who competes as a sprinter and in the long jump, was wearing Adidas competition briefs that she has worn for 'many years' and questioned whether a male athlete would have received the same comments She wrote on Instagram: 'I am always grateful for...
    Even as Covid cases continue to climb, the Government's plan to lift all remaining restrictions in a matter of days is still on track for a single reason: the vaccine has severely weakened the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths. Yet, amid the optimism, another concern has cast a shadow – the rising diagnoses of long Covid, the debilitating condition that leaves sufferers battling symptoms for months after being infected.  More than a million Britons are said to be living with lingering problems, from breathlessness to brain fog, and that figure could double by the end of the summer, say experts. With no effective drug treatments yet discovered, there has been little hope for those living with the worst difficulties – until now. In a world first, British scientists are set to explore giving long Covid patients monthly doses of the Covid vaccine, in an effort to combat the chronic condition. In a world first, British scientists are set to explore giving long Covid patients monthly doses of the Covid vaccine, in an effort to combat the chronic condition....
    An investigation is underway after a sixth-grade Asian American student in Syosset, New York was allegedly called a 'COVID starter,' in an incident of anti-Asian American bias. A group of fellow sixth-graders told the student to 'Go back to your country,' according to a Facebook post from the victim's mother. They also allegedly called him a 'COVID starter' and uttered the phrase 'white lives matter too.' The mother further alleges that the incident became physical, with the sixth-grader being pushed and punched.  An investigation is underway after a sixth-grade Asian American student at South Woods Middle School (pictured) in Syosset, New York was allegedly called a 'COVID starter' in a verbal and physical attack The mother of the student who was allegedly attacked posted about it on Facebook RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Elderly Asian man, 80, knocked to the ground by two teens is... Asian mom, 65, who was beaten outside NYC apartment in... Share this article Share 'We need to consider the safety of our Kids from THE...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — On Tuesday night, Lucas Giolito threw a season-high 114 pitches as a 2-1 White Sox lead against the Detroit Tigers in the seventh turned into a 5-2 loss. The White Sox also lost even though the Tigers committed a season-high five errors. READ MORE: Elmhurst Neighbors Fight Zoning Change That Would Allow 7 People To Stay At Sober House On Residential Block It was a questionable decision by Manager Tony La Russa to leave Giolito in, especially since Giolito admitted after the game that he was out of gas. READ MORE: New Chicago Heights Park District Board Refusing To Pay $212,000 Buyout To Departing Superintendent, But It May Not Be So Simple La Russa said he was very aware of the situation and definitely not sleeping. “I’m paying attention during the game, so when it’s over, if somebody thinks I made a mistake, then it wasn’t because I was distracted and falling asleep or anything. In the end, I set the time. With the extra rest he had, I felt confident he could get it. I was...
    Officials talk on the phone in front of Gold Spa after a shooting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Atlanta. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson Hyun Jung Grant worked "almost every day" to support her two kids, her oldest son told the Associated Press.  Grant's son set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to support him and his younger brother. There, he described his late mother as "one of my best friends." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Hyun Jung Grant, one of the eight victims of the Atlanta-area shootings from earlier this week, was a dedicated mother who "worked her ass off" for her kids, her oldest son said.  In an interview with The Daily Beast, Grant's son Randy Park said she had been an elementary school teacher in Korea but had begun working at a spa for "regular immigrant reasons" when she arrived in the US. "And here in America, she did what she had to do," Park said. "She was a single mother of two kids who dedicated her whole life to raising them." Grant...
    A Georgia sheriff’s official has been pulled as spokesperson in the investigation into the Atlanta-area massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead and at least one injured earlier this week, after he said the suspect in the slayings had "a really bad day," an official confirmed. Cherokee County Communications Director Erika Neldner told The Associated Press late Thursday that she would be handling all media inquiries involving Tuesday night’s mass shooting going forward, taking over for Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Jay Baker. Baker was widely criticized following statements he made Wednesday during a news conference providing an update in the case. ATLANTA SHOOTING SUSPECT TELLS POLICE ATTACKS NOT RACIALLY MOTIVATED, WAS PURPORTEDLY DRIVEN BY SEX ADDICTION Baker had described the suspect, Robert Aaron Long, as being "pretty much fed up, at the end of his rope," saying: "Yesterday was a really bad day for him and this is what he did." Captain Jay Baker, of the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, speaks about the arrest of Robert Aaron Long during a press conference at the Atlanta Police Department...
    Captain Jay Baker, a Cherokee County Sheriff's Office spokesman. Megan Varner/ Getty Images A sheriff's deputy was removed as a media spokesperson for the Atlanta-area shootings. Captain Jay Baker sparked outrage at a press conference discussing suspect Robert Aaron Long. He described Long as having had 'a really bad day.' He is charged with eight murders. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The sheriff's deputy who said the suspect in the Atlanta-area shootings had a "really bad day" has been replaced as the case spokesperson. On Thursday, Erika Neldner, communications director for Cherokee County, said in a statement that she will be taking over all media matters related to the shootings, The Associated Press reported. Neldner replaced Captain Jay Baker, who was widely criticized for comments he made about the suspect.  Georgia prosecutors on Wednesday charged Robert Aaron Long, 21, with with eight counts of murder after shootings at three three Atlanta-area massage parlours on Tuesday. Baker said that Long had been "pretty much fed up and kind of end of his rope" before going on the...
    The Georgia sheriff whose agency is investigating the suspected gunman who allegedly killed eight people in Atlanta-area massage parlors said comments made by a spokesperson were not meant to disrespect the victims. Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds issued the remarks Thursday amid criticism and furor over comments made by Capt. Jay Baker that some have deemed racist. On Wednesday, while talking to reporters about suspect Robert Long, who is accused of shooting up three massage parlors Tuesday night, he said the 21-year-old had a very "bad day." The comment was in reference to Long's alleged confession to authorities that he has sex addiction issues and wanted to eliminate any "temptation." However, some saw the comment as being sympathetic for a White suspect while excusing his actions.  ATLANTA MAYOR SPEAKS OUT AFTER MASS SHOOTING, CALLS ATTACKS 'A CRIME AGAINST US ALL' An official told the Washington Post that Baker has been removed as the spokesperson for the massage parlor shootings.  In a statement, Reynolds said his office regrets "any heartache" Baker's words may have caused.  "Comments made by Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jay...
    Anthony Joshua and Floyd Mayweather. Photo by Fight Hype / YouTube Floyd Mayweather said he'd be willing to work with Anthony Joshua ahead of Tyson Fury mega fights. The American has previously offered to help Joshua, saying he needed to develop his defense. Joshua has stayed loyal to Robert McCracken, the coach who guided him to the 2012 Olympic gold medal. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Floyd Mayweather said he'd be willing to work with Anthony Joshua ahead of the heavyweight's prospective $200 million two-fight series against Tyson Fury. "I look forward to working with Joshua real soon, we talk all the time," he told the Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast this week. Mayweather and Joshua have met multiple times over the years. They held a meet-and-greet for fans in London in 2017, ahead of Joshua visiting the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas, and Mayweather even chartered one of his private jets to watch Joshua compete in a December 2020 fight against Kubrat Pulev. Mayweather finished his career as a five-weight world champion, and has long been...
    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks at a Senate Finance Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 25, 2021.Tasos Katopodis | Getty Images News | Getty Images Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said Wednesday it's a "prescription for trouble" to end jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed and gig workers in August, during a congressional recess, instead of September.    Wyden also said that he would have preferred broader eligibility for $1,400 stimulus checks but is OK with a compromise policy backed by President Joe Biden, which would more strictly limit the number of Americans who get checks. The Democrat-led House of Representatives passed a $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill Saturday that offers $1,400 checks to individuals who earn up to $75,000 a year and married couples who earn up to $150,000. More from Personal Finance:More than $45 billion in rental assistance could soon be availableTiming your income tax filing just right could mean a bigger stimulus checkSEC focuses attention on conflicts of interest in financial advice Those limits are the same as two pandemic...
    Costco raises its minimum wage above its competitors Racial inequities in vaccination risk creating new Covid hotspots and variants in US Unique Tip If Your Car Has Automatic Headlights Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/5 SLIDES © Provided by Best Life Dr. Fauci Just Said This Is the Tell-Tale Sign You Have Long COVID Doctors now know that the novel coronavirus can have many kinds of effects on the bodies of those it infects. And while the range and severity of symptoms are often different from person to person, the extended period of sickness that can persist for months after an infection has been difficult to understand fully—especially when it comes to knowing whether or not you're suffering from it. Now, White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci, MD, says new research has shown that at least one symptom can be a tell-tale sign that you may have "long COVID." Read on to see what else the top infectious disease expert had to say about the condition,...
    Gary Gershoff/Getty Images Goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow revealed she had COVID-19 "early on" and deals with ongoing symptoms of fatigue and brain fog. She said she's using a plant-based keto diet, intermittent fasting, and supplements to "detox" Experts say there's little evidence any of those strategies help with COVID-19.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Wellness maven Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed said she was diagnosed with COVID-19 last year, and has been using a bevy of diet and supplement strategies to fight long-term side effects.  In a February 16 product roundup for her lifestyle brand Goop, Paltrow detailed her "healing detox," mentioning for the first time that she contracted the novel coronavirus "early on" in the pandemic. It's not clear when she was diagnosed, but Paltrow said she continued to suffer symptoms experienced by many "COVID long haulers," including ongoing fatigue, brain fog, and inflammation.  To cope, Paltrow wrote that she's been doing a cleanse, using a combination of intermittent fasting, a plant-based ketogenic diet, and cutting out sugar and alcohol. She also shared a list of products and...
    Yoshiro Mori. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool Photo/AP Images The president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, said women make meetings run long. Yoshiro Mori called it "annoying" and said women want to speak up when they see others speaking. Mori, the former prime minister, has a history of offensive remarks. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Yoshiro Mori, the president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, said on Wednesday that women talk too much in meetings, according to an AFP translation of an Asahi Shimbun story. According to the report, Miro, the former prime minister of Japan, was responding to a question about the Japan Olympic Committee's goal of making the committee at least 40% women. "When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn't restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying," Mori reportedly said on the call, which included media. Mori reportedly added: "Women are competitive. When one person raises a hand, others think they need to speak up as well. That's why everyone speaks." Mori has...
    Monday was not a good night for Ohio State football head coach Ryan Day.With a shot at winning a national championship in only his second season as a head coach, Ryan Day and his Ohio State football team floundered in the second half, falling to the Alabama Crimson Tide, 52-24. This was only Day’s second loss as the Ohio State Buckeyes head coach. His only other loss came in the 2020 Fiesta Bowl vs. the Clemson Tigers, a team his Buckeyes beat to reach this year’s national title bout. In what was a trying year for all of us, Day spoke on behalf of what his program accomplished to even get to this point. He was very proud of what his Buckeyes did this season. “What these guys have learned, what our staff has learned, what our program has learned has been incredible for our culture … What we experienced tonight is motivation for when we come back next season … This has been a long, long road. Guys have been away from their families. Proud of our guys. Proud...
    Billie Eilish joked that fans wouldn't get her new album if they continued teasing her about her iconic green hair. Karwai Tang/WireImage Billie Eilish responded to fans making fun of her green hair by jokingly threatening not to put out the new album she is currently working on. Eilish commented on one of her Instagram posts: "This is the longest I've had the same hair color since I was 13 & that's on mental stability and growth leave me alone lsjdkksjdjs" However, Eilish also said that she is planning on changing her hair color when her Apple TV documentary, "The World's a Little Blurry," is released in February 2021: "It'll be the end of an era, I'ma give you a new era." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Billie Eilish responded to fans telling her to get a new hair color in a series of Instagram comments and stories. The singer's green roots are an iconic part of her look, and she's worn the color for a while now, but fans have persistently teased her about her...
    Monday on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” Laura Ingraham expressed her pessimism about the prospects of the 2020 presidential election going in Donald Trump’s favor. Ingraham also disputed any notion that saying it was likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would be sworn in was a departure from conservatism. “[U]nless the legal situation changes in a dramatic and unlikely manner, Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20. Now, to say this does not mean I don’t think that the selection was rife with problems and potential fraud. And to say this does not constitute being a sellout to the conservative populist movement that I’ve been fighting for, I don’t know, 25 years. And it does not mean that I disagree all with the President’s right and obligation to pursue all legitimate legal challenges to this outcome. To say this constitutes living in reality, and if I offered you a false reality, if I told you that there was an excellent, phenomenal chance that the Supreme Court was going to step in and deliver a victory to President Trump, I...
    It was a couple of hours before airtime when I saw the presidential tweet with the eye-popping verb. Joe Biden “won,” Donald Trump said. To be sure, the president said that “he won because the Election was Rigged.” And there was a swipe at the “fake and silent media.” But Trump is a master messenger online. After a long week of insisting he hadn’t lost the election that the media and even some Republicans say he lost, he had to know the significance of putting the word “won” next to his opponent’s name. I immediately decided to make that tweet, and the digital explosion it triggered, the lead of “Media Buzz.” Every major news organization posted a story on Sunday morning. Media liberals swarmed Twitter to declare that Trump had grudgingly conceded. He hadn’t, of course--there was the rigged election part--but I believe it was a signal. The president may never concede, but he was suggesting he wasn’t out of touch with reality, that he knows there’s a transition of power under way that he probably won’t be able to...
    Former first lady Michelle Obama believed the Tea Party was “scared” of her and her husband, according to former President Barack Obama. In volume one of his newly released memoirs, the former president recalls a moment with the first lady when she saw a Tea Party rally on television in the White House. “She seized the remote and turned off the set, her expression hovering somewhere between rage and resignation,” Obama wrote. “‘It’s a trip, isn’t it?’ she said. … ‘That they’re scared of you. Scared of us.'” Details of Obama’s memoirs were obtained and published by CNN. Obama asserted that the Tea Party movement, sparked by Sen. John McCain’s choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008, raised “dark spirits” within the Republican party. “Through Palin, it seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican Party — xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories, an antipathy toward Black and brown folks — were finding their way to center stage,” Obama wrote. Donald Trump’s pursuit of Obama’s long-form...
    Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Only time will tell whether Khabib Nurmagomedov actually sticks to his retirement plan or not. That's according to his long-time trainer Javier Mendez, from the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. Mendez said he was unaware Nurmagomedov was going to announce his retirement, but added that the fighter was emotionally "all over the place" on Fight Island last weekend. One of Nurmagomedov's lightweight rivals Tony Ferguson doubts Nurmagomedov will stay on the sidelines, and said he'll stay ready should he ever return to the UFC Octagon. The Russian Boxing Federation also said that their door would be open if Nurmagomedov wanted to take part in a charity exhibition, or a pro boxing match. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Khabib Nurmagomedov's coach said only time will tell whether the UFC fighter will stay retired as he was emotionally "all over the place" after his fight on Fight Island Saturday. Nurmagomedov defeated the American striking maestro Justin Gaethje in the second round with a triangle choke submission...
    U.S. Attorney General Barr says expects report on police reforms soon, despite court order 7 Beloved Burger Chains That Are Shuttering For Good Do you know these lucrative Social Security secrets? Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/9 SLIDES © E! Entertainment (2) A tough goodbye. September 8 will forever mark the beginning of the end of Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ more than a decade-long run on E!. Kim Kardashian broke the news that KUWTK will wrap up in 2021 after season 20. The KKW Beauty mogul confirmed the news via Instagram by dedicating a heartfelt statement to the show’s “amazing” fans. “It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” she wrote at the time. “After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and numerous spin-off shows, we are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of...
    Maryland’s Republican governor said he spurned Donald Trump at the polls this year, instead casting his ballot for what would be an unprecedented political comeback. Larry Hogan said that instead of voting for Trump, he “voted for Ronald Reagan” by writing in the name of the Republican icon and former president, who has been dead for the last 16 years. As The Washington Post reported, Hogan’s vocal protest against the president comes amid speculation that he could launch his own presidential bid in 2024. The Maryland governor has participated in fundraisers for a number of other members of his party who are cast as more pragmatic, including many from centrist districts where they are looking to gain crossover support from Democrats. The report noted that Hogan has filmed an ad supporting Maine Senator Susan Collins, who has been seen as more moderate and has offered some criticism of Trump at times. He has helped back other moderate GOP members in other states well, the outlet added. Hogan had not revealed who he planned to vote for this election, the Washington...
    (CNN)Thirty minutes. That's the maximum amount of time anyone should have to wait to vote, according to a 2014 report by a presidential commission."Any wait time that exceeds this half-hour standard is an indication that something is amiss and that corrective measures should be deployed," according to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, a bipartisan group that was empaneled during the Obama administration, in part after pictures of crazy long voting lines in 2012.While most Americans are not going to wait hours to vote this year, the fact that some are is a problem and, while people who fell out of long lines this week at early in-person voting locations still have time to go back, that's not going to be the case on Election Day.A Brennan Center study of the 2018 midterms suggested more than 3 million voters waited more than the government-recommended 30 minutes to vote. That study notes that Latino and Black voters are more likely to say they waited longer than this half-hour wait, which compounds the unfairness of it.The presidential commission didn't mention race in...