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    A scathing letter from John Lennon to Sir Paul McCartney is going up for auction and is expected to fetch up to $30,000. The late Beatles legend sent furious a typewritten letter to his bandmate, 80, in response to an interview Paul did in the now-defunct music magazine Melody Maker in November 1971, in which he complained about the financial matters regarding the band's split.  And the letter gives a stark insight into the pair's deteriorating relationship following the Beatles' break-up over a year previously, with John - who was shot dead aged 40 in 1980 - ranting that Paul 's***t all over us in public', reports TMZ. Angry: A scathing letter from John Lennon to Sir Paul McCartney is going up for auction and is expected to fetch up to $30,000 (pictured in 1971) The three-page letter, which John urged Melody Maker editor Richard Williams to publish, is to be sold by Gotta Have Rock and Roll and is anticipated to make five figures. The note sees the Imagine hitmaker lash out at Paul and accuse him of being ungrateful for...
    MONKEYPOX cases in the United States are on the rise as the country remains on high alert. Due to the recent rise in cases, the Biden administration has classified the situation as a public health emergency. 2Monkeypox reached the United States in May 2022Credit: Getty How many monkeypox cases are there in the US? On May 18, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention learned that one United States resident had a confirmed case of monkeypox after returning to the US from Canada. Since then, a total of 6,617 individuals have tested positive in the US for monkeypox, according to CDC data. With the numbers continuing the rise, President Joe Biden has declared the situation a public health emergency. Read More monkeypox casesVIRAL ALERT Monkeypox cases hit 6,617 in US with Biden 'to declare virus health emergency'NEW THREAT Monkeypox cases in kids hits 4 in US as American infections reach 5,811 “In light of all of these developments and the evolving circumstances on the ground, I want to make an announcement today that I will...
    Monkeypox becoming endemic in the U.S. would be the 'worst public health failure in modern times' because it could have been prevented, an ex-Food and Drug Administration director has said. Writing in an op-ed over the weekend, Dr Scott Gottlieb pointed out that — unlike when Covid first emerged — there were already reliable vaccines and tests available to stop the disease in its tracks. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) failed to act rapidly, instead following the same 'protracted checklist' and making many of the same mistakes as when Covid struck. He wrote in the New York Times that should the disease gain a foothold it would be a disaster both because it could have been prevented and as infections — which spark blisters across body — are painful. Many sufferers have said their symptoms were 'worse than Covid'. Last month Gottlieb predicted the tally of cases — then 1,800 — were just a fraction of the actual number. Since then it has risen to more than 5,000 with the CDC now detecting about 250 new...
    Monkeypox has been declared an 'imminent threat to public health' in New York because of the ongoing and rapid spread of the disease, health officials announced on Thursday. The state leads the nation in confirmed cases, having recorded 1,247 of the 4,907 infections in America — with nearly all cases in and around New York City. State health commissioner Dr Mary Bassett said the declaration would 'free up' extra funding to help prevent the disease's spread. It came the same day San Francisco officials said they would declare a 'local emergency' over monkeypox as its infection tally reached 241. No nationwide alert has been issued yet, although the Biden administration is considering the move. A total of one-in-five Americans now fear they may catch monkeypox, a poll of 1,500 adults from the Annenberg Public Policy Center in Pennsylvania revealed today — as public concern over the disease which could spill into the wider population ticks up. The above map shows the number of monkeypox cases declared across the U.S. by CDC The above graph shows the total number of cases...
    (CNN)The Biden administration announced steps to beef up its response to monkeypox on Tuesday, detailing plans to offer more vaccines and more tests to people who are most at risk of getting it -- including men who have sex with men and their partners.The move comes after pressure from states, who have been pushing the administration to release more doses of monkeypox vaccine from the Strategic National Stockpile managed by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services. Critics have also charged that the United States is not offering enough testing to monitor the spread of the virus, which is thought to be more widespread than current case counts suggest.The new plan tackles both. It will release more vaccines to areas with the highest case rates, and it will scale up testing, making tests available at five commercial laboratories in addition to an existing network of public health labs. CDC activates Emergency Operations Center for monkeypoxOn Tuesday, HHS also activated the CDC's Emergency Operations Center to give the agency more...
    (CNN)The Biden administration on Friday extended the Covid-19 public health emergency for another three months.US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra officially renewed the declaration, extending it through October 13, 2022.The emergency declaration has been in place since January 2020, and the latest renewal comes as the Omicron offshoot BA.5, the most contagious variant yet, continues to stake its claim in the US. Daily case rates, though vastly undercounted, are the highest they've been in months, as are Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths. Why the Omicron offshoot BA.5 is a big dealData published this week by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than half of the country's population lives in a county with a "high Covid-19 Community Level," where the health care system is at risk of becoming overburdened and universal indoor masking is recommended. "The Public Health Emergency declaration continues to provide us with tools and authorities needed to respond to the highly transmissible COVID-19 subvariants that are currently circulating around the country," a Biden administration official told CNN. "The PHE provides...
    The United States' response to the budding monkeypox outbreak is being slammed by health experts - blaming officials for being asleep at the wheel and failing to learn lessons from failures early during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tropical virus has been detected 866 times in the U.S. according to more recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - but there is near-universal agreement among experts that the figure is a severe undercount. Monkeypox has been allowed to spread undetected because of failures in America's testing and surveillance infrastructure - similar to how Covid was allowed to spread so widely early on when it caught the world off guard in early 2020. Unlike Covid, though, monkeypox is not novel, leaving experts frustrated with how top officials failed to deal with a threat they were already knowledgeable to.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE: Have monkeypox fears been overblown? Tropical... Dozens of people line up for monkeypox vaccine in NYC as it... Share this article Share 'Why is it...
    A Mexican drug cartel accused in the brutal slaughter of nine women and children from an offshoot Mormon community must pay $4.6 billion to the families, a federal judge from North Dakota ruled. The family members of the victims filed a lawsuit accusing the Juarez cartel of carrying out the November 2019 attack in Mexico as retribution for their public criticism and protests against the cartel, but others have theorized that it was revenge for a gun deal gone bad. Cartel members fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition into vehicles and then set them on fire.  Mexican authorities said in 2020 that the mastermind of the attack was one of the 17 people arrested. Prosecutors have identified more than 40 suspects who they believed took part in the attack. Pictured: The three mothers and six young children who were savagely murdered by Mexican gunmen linked to the Juárez Cartel on November 4, 2019. Their families filed a federal lawsuit in a North Dakota court, a lawyer for the family said Wednesday U.S. Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter awarded $1.5 billion to...
    The U.S. Marshals Service has arrested 13 of the most wanted sex offenders in Iowa, authorities say. All of the fugitives were non-compliant with Iowa’s Sex Offender Registry, and seven had former convictions for “crimes against children under the age of 13,” U.S. Marshals said in a news release on Friday. “Operation Most Wanted” was conducted by the U.S. Marshals Northern Iowa Fugitive Task Force. Two guns, ammunition and drugs were seized, the release said. Three new criminal cases were presented to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Marshals said. “Much of the success of this operation can be attributed to the vigilant efforts of our community members,” Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Phil Hartung said in the release. “Throughout this operation, tips were received through the Iowa Sex Offender Registry’s tipline and through the United State Marshals tipline.” Cash rewards are being offered to those with information that leads directly to the arrest of sex offenders who are not in compliance with the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, which became law on July 1, 1995. “Ensuring our community’s safety is a continual...
    By Keith Laing | Bloomberg The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving a 2018 Tesla Model 3 that may have had its partially automated driving system activated. The June 7 accident in San Diego resulted in the death of a pedestrian, according to details provided Thursday by NHTSA. The electric vehicle ran a red light, hit a dip and became airborne before striking the woman, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The collision is the 45th included in NHTSA’s Special Crash Investigation of advanced driver-assistance systems like Tesla Inc.’s Autopilot. The broader probe began in 2016 after a fatal accident in Florida involving a Model S that was being operated with its automated driving system activated. Tesla vehicles have been involved in all but nine of the incidents that have been added to NHTSA’s investigation. The automaker, which has disbanded its media relations department, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Related Articles Crime and Public Safety | Tesla wrecked engineer’s reputation with false claim of secrets theft: lawsuit filing Crime...
    A row of luxury 'healing' creams is guarded by a locked glass cabinet, gilded in gold trim. The packaging is stylishly minimal – clean and white with small black typeface – and beside the tubs sit decorative, artificial fruit and images of sprawling fields, with a small flyer to remind customers of the high-quality, organic nature of the products. I spot one pot – a snip at $43, or roughly £35 – that is specifically designed for 'replenishing and rejuvenating' tissues in the, er, vagina. Alongside me, expensively dressed customers peruse the goods, clutching colourful iced smoothies and juices. I'm in upmarket Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California, in one of the area's many so-called 'wellness' shops, just a stone's throw from designer boutiques such as Gucci and Saint Laurent. It's a far cry from Holland & Barrett, not least because all the products here at the Serra boutique contain high-grade, genetically engineered cannabis. There are balms and lotions, things to eat and, of course, to smoke. One display cabinet showcases dozens of dried cannabis flowers, each bud sitting in...
    A 3-year-old boy died Sunday after being left in a hot car for nearly three hours in southern Georgia, a coroner’s office said, bringing the number of recorded heat-related deaths of children in a vehicle this year to at least six. At least three such deaths have happened in June, according to the National Safety Council, as temperatures have soared with summer’s arrival and parts of the country have endured harsh heat waves. And the tally may be greater: It does not count Tuesday’s accidental death of an 18-month-old boy in Virginia who’d been left in a car — a case in which the cause has not yet been released. On average, 38 children younger than 15 die from heatstroke each year after being left in a car, the council says. In the Georgia case, the boy, Kendrick Engram Jr., had arrived home in an SUV in Columbus with his grandmother and other children around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, following an afternoon of attending church and running errands, according to a Muscogee County Coroner’s Office report on the child’s death. The...
    (CNN)As the country navigates a more controlled phase of the pandemic, Los Alamos County, New Mexico, has been ranked the healthiest US community for the third year in a row. Located roughly 40 miles from Sante Fe, the county is home to canyons and mesas connected by a 58-mile trail network, 13 developed public parks and an expansive golf course. The community of more than 19,000 people scored highest in the housing, population health and infrastructure categories, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Healthiest Communities rankings report published Wednesday. Known for its vast, breathtaking mountain ranges, Los Alamos County is the first community to take the No. 1 spot more than twice since U.S. News launched the rankings in 2018, according to the report. However, the county and the four runners-up -- Falls Church, Virginia; Douglas County, Colorado; Morgan County, Utah; and Carver County, Minnesota -- all scored below average in the subcategory of housing. Families and individuals walk through a snow-covered valley in Los Alamos County, New Mexico."A healthy environment is part of what definitely contributes...
    Mark Humphrey/AP Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Since the formation of the House select committee to investigate the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, a question has loomed large over its proceedings: Will the panel issue a criminal referral of President Donald Trump for his pressure campaign to overthrow the 2020 election results? While the panel doesn’t have the power to itself pursue criminal charges against Trump, it could recommend that the Justice Department investigate him for his actions to subvert the peaceful transfer of power. The issue has divided panel members, who are in agreement that Trump’s actions amounted to a criminal conspiracy but conflicted over the potential political consequences of making a criminal referral for the former president, CNN has reported.  Yet public support for such a move is rising as the committee continues to hold hearings revealing the findings of its 11-month investigation. According to a new poll from ABC News/Ipsos, 58 percent of US adults support prosecuting Trump for the...
    New York (CNN Business)Tencent Music has filed plans to go public in the United States in what could be one of the biggest recent US IPOs by a Chinese company. The company set a placeholder target of $1 billion, which could value the company between $25 and $30 billion, according to its SEC filing. That amount would mark the third largest Chinese IPO to list in the United States since the beginning of 2018, according to data provider Dealogic. The Netflix-like video platform iQIYI raised $2.3 billion and social shopping app Pinduoduo raised $1.6 billion. Tencent Music dominates the music streaming market in China through its Spotify-like apps. The company revealed in its SEC filing that its music apps have more than 800 million monthly active users. Spotify owns a 9% stake in Tencent Music. The entertainment subsidiary of Tencent reported a profit of $263 million for the first six months of 2018, with revenue of $1.3 billion.Read More"We are pioneering the way people enjoy online music and music-centric social entertainment services," it said in a filing, adding that it...
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A man from Canada and a man from the United Kingdom have been indicted in Georgia on charges that they sent fentanyl to two U.S. Navy petty officers who died from overdoses in October 2017. Thomas Michael Federuik, 59, of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Paul Anthony Nicholls, 44, of Surrey, England, are charged with conspiracy to import and distribute drugs and money laundering conspiracy. Because prosecutors allege deaths resulted from the charges, the men could face a minimum of 20 years in prison if convicted of the drug charges. They could also face fines up to $10 million. Federuik and Nichols were indicted under seal in 2019. The case became public last week. “The prevalence of this drug is, in large part, fueled by an illicit pipeline of illegally imported drugs,” David H. Estes, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, said in a statement. “This investigation sought to trace that pipeline to its source to cut off its flow to our country in an effort to protect our citizens from harm.” The two overdose...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has put out its first vaccine guidance related to a recent outbreak of monkeypox cases across the U.S. and Europe - with health workers and others responding to the uptick in cases first in line to get the shots. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the CDC's leading experts on vaccines, issued the recommendation Friday, and it will include lab workers who research orthopoxviruses, people who work in lab testing environments, and health care personnel who are treating infected patients. The JYNNEOS vaccine in question is tailored to both smallpox and monkeypox - just as many other smallpox drugs are also believed to be effective against the rare virus. It comes as the U.S. records its tenth presumptive case of the virus, with a man in Colorado having a suspected infection after a recent trip to Canada, state officials announced Thursday night. Colorado today became the eighth state to report a case of monkeypox, as the tally of confirmed and suspected infections rises to double-digits RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    Washington (CNN)US intelligence officials are skeptical that any change in Russian public opinion against the Kremlin's war in Ukraine -- even a dramatic one -- would have an effect in persuading Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the conflict, according to multiple sources familiar with the latest intelligence. Officials also doubt that the war, which many strategists believe has been an unmitigated disaster for Russia's military, is likely to lead to the removal of Putin from power, at least in the short term.That assessment reflects the extent to which officials believe Putin has cemented his control over Russia during his more than two decades in power. Although intelligence officials believe Putin is keenly sensitive to small shifts in public opinion, his ability to crack down on protests and control the media still helps insulate him against any significant popular uprising -- leaving him free to prosecute the war on his own terms.Putin is intimately involved in the day-to-day management of the conflict, according to three sources familiar with US and western intelligence, who told CNN that Putin directly participates in...
    (CNN)Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are closely tracking recent clusters of monkeypox infections around the world -- and possible cases in the United States.Currently, the CDC is monitoring six people in the United States for possible monkeypox infections after they sat near an infected traveler who had symptoms while on a flight from Nigeria to the United Kingdom in early May.Separately, CDC officials also are investigating a case of monkeypox confirmed in a man in Massachusetts who had recently traveled to Canada. And the New York City Health Department is investigating a possible infection in a patient currently at Bellevue Hospital. "The Health Department's Public Health Lab will conduct preliminary tests, which — if positive — will be sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmatory testing," the department said in a press release on Thursday. CDC and Massachusetts health officials investigating monkeypox case Meanwhile, recent monkeypox infections have been identified in several other regions around the world where the virus is not usually common, including Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Northern...
    (CNN)The Biden administration is continuing the Covid-19 public health emergency declaration beyond July 15, two administration officials told CNN, as coronavirus cases are rising again across the US.The administration has repeatedly said it would give states 60 days' notice if it were ending the declaration, which would have been Monday. But the deadline passed without notification.The declaration is now expected to be renewed for up to another 90 days.The public health emergency declaration allows many Americans to obtain free Covid-19 testing, therapeutic treatment and vaccines. Also, Medicare has relaxed the rules governing telehealth so that many more seniors can access such services during the declaration. And states are not involuntarily disenrolling residents from Medicaid during the declaration, in exchange for receiving more generous federal matching funds.A separate emergency declaration allows for the emergency use authorization of testing, treatments and vaccines. Its end date will be determined by the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.Read MoreThe administration is continuing the public health emergency as it seeks new funding from Congress for treatments and vaccines. On Tuesday, the...
    THE HOUSE of Representatives will hold a public hearing on UFOs and shed light on the galaxy's greatest mysteries. The hearing is set for 10:00AM on Tuesday, May 17th. 2Press and public are hoping new information comes to light during the open hearing 2Representative André Carson has been open with the press during the lead up to the hearingCredit: Getty Images - Getty The US House Intelligence Committee's Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence and Counterproliferation Subcommittee will take the floor and unpack what they know about unexplained sightings for the American public. Pentagon officials and intelligence directors will testify. "The American people expect and deserve their leaders in government and intelligence to seriously evaluate and respond to any potential national security risks — especially those we do not fully understand," Representative André Carson said. Representative Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the public hearing will "break the cycle of excessive secrecy and speculation with truth and transparency." Read More in AliensSPACE NEIGHBOURS Space scientist identifies best place to find ALIENS in our galaxyPHONE HOME Evidence of alien technology could...
    A school isn't just a building. It's a home: A a place for children to foster self-confidence, learn social skills and explore their strengths. Many factors go into what makes a great school, and US News has crunched that data to compile its latest ranking of the best public schools in America.  The Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies, comes in at No. 23 on that list, and Union County Magnet School No. 49. Here are the top public high schools in New Jersey, according to US News: 10. Academy for Allied Health Sciences (Scotch Plains) 9. Academy for Information Technology (Scotch Plains) 8. Bergen County Tech (Teterboro) 7. Biotechnology High School (Freehold) 6. Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health (Woodbridge) 5. Dr. Ronald E. McNair (Jersey City) 4. High Technology High School (Lincroft) 3. Bergen County Academies (Hackensack) 2. Union County Magnet High School (Scotch Plains) 1. Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies (Edison) US News looked at data from 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and District of Columbia. Nearly...
    SAN FRANCISCO — A photographer who built his profession around photographing aspiring teen models is now being held on federal charges that he produced child pornography during some of the photoshoots, court records show. Grant Durtschi, 48, was arrested last month at the San Francisco International Airport while on a layover to a flight to the Philippines, court records show. Prosecutors contend he was fleeing the country after learning he was the subject of an investigation, while Durtschi’s attorney says he was going on vacation to see his wife, who he married via Zoom during the pandemic. At his first and only court hearing March 23, Durtschi appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, who ordered Durtschi detained out of concerns he would flee the country, but remarked that the charges were “very unusual” and that “I’ve never seen anything like it.” “I read (the complaint) a couple of times because it’s such an unusual case…it was hard to tell from the complaint that the charges will stand up,” Beeler said, adding that she hadn’t seen the images in question....
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) remarked on Thursday that the “corruption of the complicit media,” law enforcement and intelligence agencies interfered in U.S. elections more Russia has. Appearing on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Johnson discussed the controversy surrounding President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, who is under federal investigation over his business dealings abroad. Hunter Biden has come under fire for profiting off his father’s name while Joe Biden was vice president, ex-vice president and now as president. Johnson said: When you have investigations into corruption within the public realm, when you’re talking about public political figures, we did this backwards. I think we should start with congressional investigations. We should have full access to all the information. If we see possible wrongdoing, then we would refer it to the Justice Department. What happens now is the Justice Department starts a criminal investigation and then Congress, which means the American public, get no information whatsoever even though that information is crucial for the electorate to determine whether or not they want to vote for somebody. You’ve seen the polls. Had the American public known the corruption of Biden Inc., of Hunter Biden, ‘the big guy,’ Joe Biden would not be president. My guess we probably...
    This content was republished with permission from WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today. A U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee panel on Thursday examined why thousands of books, predominantly written by marginalized authors, have been banned from public schools, and the impact of those actions on students and teachers. “Most books being targeted for censorship are books that introduce ideas about diversity or our common humanity, books that teach children to recognize and respect humanity in one another,” said the chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Rep. Jamie Raskin. Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, cited a new report by PEN America — an organization that advocates for the protection of free speech — that found from July 2021 to the end of March this year, more than 1,500 books were banned in 86 school districts in 26 states. The report found that of the banned books, 467 — or 41% — contained main or secondary characters of color; 247, or 22%, addressed racism; and 379, or 33%, of...
    Data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that drinking water in some parts of America may contain unsafe levels of uranium. Researchers from Columbia University analyzed nationwide data, and compared it to safety standards laid out by the EPA. They found that many localities in the south and Midwest in particular had unsafe levels of uranium detected in water. While small amounts of many chemicals are acceptable in water, according to safety standards, consistent exposure to it in drinking water can cause a long list of deadly and debilitating diseases. Contaminated water has become a rising issue in America off of the back of the flint water crisis, an increased attention has been paid to contamination of lead and other metals in U.S. drinking water - which is more common than many may believe. Researchers found elevated uranium levels in two-thirds of community water systems they gathered data from, with those in the South, Midwest and Western regions most affected Researchers, who published their findings at the start of the month in The Lancet Planetary Healthy, gathered data from 2000-2011...
    By Dakin Andone and Theresa Waldrop | CNN At least 13 people were killed and more than 40 others injured in shootings across the country this weekend, including one in Sacramento, where the police chief called the scale of violence “unprecedented” in her 27-year career there. Six people died and 12 were injured in that incident early Sunday, which investigators believe involves multiple shooters, Police Chief Katherine Lester said. The mass shooting not far from the California State Capitol is one of the largest of the more than 120 in the US so far this year, according to data collected by the Gun Violence Archive. The GVA, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as four or more people shot, not including the shooter. There were, however, shootings this weekend that did not meet the definition, including one at a Norfolk, Virginia, mall which left 1 dead and 2 injured. This weekend’s violence comes just two weeks after the largest-scale US mass shooting in more than two years happened at a car show in Dumas, Arkansas, where one person died and...
    Economists have now given rising inflation a suggested dollar amount for 2022 budgets. When comparing the cost of goods and services in 2021 to expected costs this year, Bloomberg economists said the average U.S. household will spend $5,200 more, or $433 more per month. “Accelerated depletion of savings will increase the urgency for those staying on the sidelines to join the labor force, and the resulting increase in labor supply will likely dampen wage growth,” Bloomberg economists Andrew Husby and Anna Wong said. The economists also said increases in wages and built-up savings will cushion the rising costs. WATCH: REP. JIM JORDAN PREDICTS ‘DEMOCRATS ARE GOING TO MOVE’ ON COURT PACKING The estimate is another reminder of the bleak disheartening economic outlook that is not amiss on the public. A Gallup poll released Tuesday showed inflation as the most important economic problem seen facing the United States. “Inflation began rising as a public concern last fall after being a nonissue for Americans throughout 2020,” Gallup’s Lydia Saad said. “It's more top of mind than...
    A survey looking at America’s religious landscape found that 72% of U.S. adults believe the nation’s moral compass is “pointed in the wrong direction.” The Deseret News/Marist Poll results released Tuesday showed that faith was not a critical component of whether people found America’s morality to be amiss. The survey found that 69% of nonreligious people, along with 74% of practicing Christians, agree that the morality of the country is declining. Most adults, or 65%, do not believe “being religious” is necessary to live a moral life. “While the state of religion is continually changing, our study found that the majority of Americans still hold core religious beliefs and draw moral guidance from their families and their faith traditions,” said Hal Boyd, executive editor of Deseret National. “Despite headlines that emphasize religion’s decline, faith remains a strong moral force in American life.” ‘PUSH THAT NARRATIVE’: JOE ROGAN RIPS MEDIA FOR BURYING HUNTER BIDEN LAPTOP STORY More than half, or 54%, said they believe in “God as described in the Bible,” even though only 40%...
    A member of Russia's parliament called for reparations from the United States on Sunday -- including the return of historic settlements in Alaska and California -- over the west's vast economic sanctions. The Kremlin has been flooding the airwaves of its state-run channels with pro-war propaganda that paints a vastly different portrait to reality and shields the Russian people from the horrors of Vladimir Putin's bloody invasion of Ukraine, the Daily Beast first reported. Moscow's TV pundits and show hosts have also begun endorsing the idea of publicly hanging Ukrainians who are standing against Russia -- something the Kremlin has reportedly already mulled, according to Bloomberg.  Putin's 'spin doctor,' Duma member Oleg Matveychev, appeared on Russian state news on Sunday, outlining a series of demands for both Washington and Kyiv 'after Ukraine’s demilitarization is completed.' It comes as Russian and Ukrainian officials meet for another round of peace talks Tuesday.   'We should be thinking about reparations from the damage that was caused by the sanctions and the war itself, because that too costs money and we should get it back,' Matveychev...
    (CNN)A plan to reopen the US Capitol after being shut down to the public for two years as the result of the coronavirus pandemic is under review, a source familiar with the plans tells CNN.On Monday, United States Capitol Police met with the House and Senate sergeants at arms, staff for the Committee on House Administration, and staff on the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration to discuss the drafted proposal that would open the Capitol in phases.According to the source familiar with the plan, the Capitol would reopen in three phases starting on March 28. First, the limit for the number of official business visitors would raise from nine to 15. Staff led tours, which are currently prohibited, would be allowed to resume with a limit of 15 individuals. And from 10 a.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET on weekdays, two tours per hour can be provided to students from kindergarten through 12th grade, with a limit of 50 students. Tour guides would be able to work for a total of eight hours per day.Phase two would become effective...
    Consider these charts, which were widely promoted by American media in order to support the desirability of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Based on these and similar charts, the nation’s leading health officials, including Dr. Fauci and President Biden, have erroneously claimed that you are up to 97 times more likely to die if you are not vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Here\u2019s the deal: Unvaccinated individuals are 97 times more likely to die compared to those who are boosted. \n\nProtect yourself and those around you by getting vaccinated and boosted today. — President Biden (@President Biden) 1644099241 WATCH LIVE: White House COVID task force holds news briefing youtu.be There is one huge problem with these claims: They are not true. Not only are they not true, but they are wildly out of sync with what we know about the efficacy of the vaccine in other countries, such as England, Scotland, and Denmark, where the difference between mortality and hospitalization rates for the unvaccinated and the boosted is in the single...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)The United States is about to get its first initial public offering from a Chinese company in months, even as US-China tensions and regulatory scrutiny remain high.Meihua International Medical Technologies, which sells medical supplies around the world, is expected to debut this week on the Nasdaq in New York.The healthcare firm is looking to raise $57.5 million, according to data compiled for the New York Stock Exchange.While the amount is relatively small, it would mark the first listing by a Chinese company since October, when biotech firm LianBio raised $334 million on the same exchange, according to data provider Dealogic. LianBio is headquartered in both the United States and China. American investors haven't seen an IPO from a company primarily headquartered in China since July, when Sentage Holdings, a Shanghai-based financial services provider, went public on the Nasdaq. Read MoreThere was just one US IPO from a Chinese company from August through January, compared with 20 in the same time period a year ago, according to Dealogic.China plans to tighten rules on overseas IPOsChina has been tightening...
    Binance, the massive cryptocurrency exchange founded in China, is taking a $200 million stake in the entity seeking to acquire Forbes, the US news publisher that previously accused Binance of attempting to 'intentionally deceive regulators'. A source familiar with the matter told DailyMail.com that Binance is plowing the cash into Magnum Opus Acquisition, the blank-check firm seed-funded by the Chinese government, after half of the original investors dropped out of the deal. A spokesman for Binance on Thursday confirmed the $200 million investment, which would give it roughly a 25 percent stake in Forbes. CNBC first reported the investment.  Forbes, the 'business bible' famous for its lists such as the 30 Under 30 and rankings of the richest Americans, booked revenue of $165 million in the first nine months of 2021, and averaged 59 million monthly US visitors to its website for the year.  Binance was founded in China by Changpeng Zhao, now the world's richest crypto billionaire, but is currently registered in the Cayman Islands.  Handling some $10 billion in crypto transactions per day, the company is currently banned in the UK...
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said it's a 'misconception' for the public to believe that the law is clear when the high court is deciding a case, and said that she and her colleagues worry about their public perception.  Though the court's direct mandate is to interpret the law, Obama-appointed Sotomayor said that 'The reality is, there isn't a clear answer.' 'Most people think of the law as black and white, that there's an answer,' Sotomayor said during 'Live with Kelly and Ryan,' one of two morning TV hits to promote her new children's book.  'Most of the time when the Supreme Court takes cases, it's because the courts below that are disagreeing about the answer,' she added.  'By the time the case comes to the Supreme Court, or to any court, actually — the courts below us or even the Supreme Court — it's because the answer's unclear. And that can be unsatisfying to people. They don't understand why the judges are disagreeing. They don't understand why it's so hard.'  Sotomayor was making the morning TV rounds to promote...
    By Mae Anderson | Associated Press NEW YORK — The COVID-19 booster drive in the U.S. is losing steam, worrying health experts who have pleaded with Americans to get an extra shot to shore up their protection against the highly contagious omicron variant. Just 40% of fully vaccinated Americans have received a booster dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And the average number of booster shots dispensed per day in the U.S. has plummeted from a peak of 1 million in early December to about 490,000 as of last week. Also, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that Americans are more likely to see the initial vaccinations — rather than a booster — as essential. “It’s clear that the booster effort is falling short,” said Jason Schwartz, a vaccine policy expert at Yale University. Overall, the U.S. vaccination campaign has been sluggish. More than 13 months after it began, just 63% of Americans, or 210 million people, are fully vaccinated with the initial rounds of shots. Mandates that could...
    NBC News host Savannah Guthrie didn't ask Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday about the NPR masking story she publicly refuted last week, but Guthrie did get her to comment on what she claimed was the court's "falling" credibility. Appearing on "Today" to promote her new children's book, Sotomayor was largely asked about the new work that was inspired by her late mother and her family's desire to help others. But Guthrie did ask Sotomayor, who made headlines when she worried about a "stench" of politicization around the Supreme Court last month, about the court's institutional reputation. Liberals have also fumed about former President Trump appointing three justices in four years, creating a 6-3 conservative majority. "I know that you are not permitted to discuss any case or controversy before the Supreme Court in this interview, and I’m not even going to try it," Guthrie said. "But let me ask you this. Just generally, there is concern that the court as an institution, its credibility has been falling. A recent Gallup poll, just 54% of Americans have a great...
    Medical staff were forced to sleep in hospitals overnight, roads were closed and public services are shut down after storm Izzy dumped a foot of snow on Eastern U.S. Snow and ice stretched from Mississippi to Virginia as Storm Izzy slammed the Southeast, leaving more than 250,000 without power over the weekend.  More than 200 US flights were cancelled on Tuesday and about 600 were delayed, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.  And now as much of the country deals with the aftermath of winter storm Izzy, another potential winter storm is forecasted later this week, the Weather Channel reported.   Arctic air is expected to hit 'much of the central and eastern states' during the second half of this week and could bring more snow and ice to parts of the Southeast and potentially the Northeast.   Accumulating snow is possible late this week from parts of northern Georgia into the Carolinas and Virginia  Arctic air is expected to hit 'much of the central and eastern states' during the second half of this week In Northeast Ohio, a foot of...
    The Pentagon has finally published its first Airpower Summary since President Biden took office nearly a year ago. These monthly reports have been published since 2007 to document the number of bombs and missiles dropped by U.S.-led air forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria since 2004. But President Trump stopped publishing them after February 2020, shrouding continued U.S. bombing in secrecy. Over the past 20 years, as documented in the table below, U.S. and allied air forces have dropped over 337,000 bombs and missiles on other countries. That is an average of 46 strikes per day for 20 years. This endless bombardment has not only been deadly and devastating for its victims but is broadly recognized as seriously undermining international peace and security and diminishing America’s standing in the world. The U.S. government and political establishment have been remarkably successful at keeping the American public in the dark about the horrific consequences of these long-term campaigns of mass destruction, allowing them to maintain the illusion of U.S. militarism as a force for good in the world in their domestic...
    Covid infections are ballooning. Cases were up to 405,000 a day last week— 60 percent higher than January 2020, the previous high. Deaths and hospitalizations have not yet kept pace, but there are worrying signs. Hospitalizations in Illinois hit their highest levels yet; covid patients occupy a quarter of all hospital beds. They are 41 percent of intensive care patients. Some counties have 90 percent or more of hospital beds occupied. Other areas are also seeing worrisome surges. Hospitalization of children hit record levels at year’s end. The latest covid crisis is being spurred by the omicron variant, which may be the fastest spreading virus in history, according to experts. It was first detected in South Africa, thanks to its rigorous testing, but we don’t know where it originated. We do know that variants are inevitable during pandemics. Viruses mutate over time and they mutate more quickly when they are circulating unchecked. This means everyone has an interest in reducing spread everywhere. Eradicating it within national boundaries is insufficient when variants can develop anywhere. The US should be...
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials moved Tuesday to open public lands in portions of three western states to potential solar energy development, as part of the Biden administration’s effort to counter climate change by shifting from fossil fuels. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management issued a call to nominate land for development within “solar energy zones” in Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico that combined cover about 140 square miles (360 square kilometers). The solicitation of interest comes as officials under Democratic President Joe Biden promote renewable wind and solar power on public lands and offshore to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. BLM Director Tracy Stone-Manning said in a statement that government support for renewable energy was a top priority for the agency, which oversees almost a quarter-billion acres of land primarily in western states. The land bureau in early December issued a draft plan to reduce rents and other fees paid by companies authorized to build wind and solar projects on public lands. The recent actions mark a pronounced shift from Republican President Donald Trump’s...
    During last weekend’s broadcast of Saturday Night Live, some viewers received an unpleasant surprise as the words “LOUIS C.K. IS BACK” appeared in giant font across their screens. It was both an ad for his latest stand-up special, Sorry, and an odd declaration considering that the disgraced comedian has hardly vanished from public view since admitting to a string of sexual misconduct allegations made against him in 2017. Not to mention that this sort of announcement set to upbeat music implies the return of someone or something good, like ABBA or The Matrix. To make things creepier, the promo ran right before a re-airing of the famous Lonely Island and Justin Timberlake sketch, “Dick In A Box.” Despite some of the disgust this ad garnered on social media, there isn’t a better time for C.K. to reassert himself into people’s homes. Since The New York Times reported on his predatory behavior toward up-and-coming female comics, most notably masturbating in front of them, the comedian’s #MeToo backlash has mostly manifested in a loss of television gigs while still being embraced at...
    BEIJING (AP) — An Asian American who is one of the biggest pop stars in China apologized to his family and fans on Monday and said he will take a break from performing after a public dispute on social media with his ex-wife, who accused him of infidelity and hiring prostitutes. The dayslong back-and-forth has riveted fans of Wang Leehom, who is popular across the Chinese-speaking world and has acted in movies including “Lust, Caution” in 2007. The scandal was the top trending topic on the Chinese social media site Weibo, with many blaming and criticizing him. He appeared to be trying to end the burgeoning public relations disaster with his apology to his parents, ex-wife and their children. “I failed to manage my marriage properly and caused trouble for my family. I didn’t give the public the image an idol should have,” he wrote. “This is all my fault.” The social media war began after Wang, in an online post last week, confirmed speculation that he and his wife had divorced. Her accusations contrasted with the wholesome image he...
    An American bikini designer living in Sydney has revealed a culture shock she experienced after spotting Australians shopping barefoot at a supermarket.  Sophia Kim, who moved to New South Wales from Los Angeles in February 2020, went on a 'quick and short trip' to Woolworths when she noticed many customers casually walking around the aisles without their shoes. While most Aussies consider ditching their shoes and going barefoot in public to be perfectly normal, the habit comes as a surprise to many expats, including Sophia. In her TikTok video, the 29-year-old said: 'Masks mandatory; shoes optional.' Scroll down for video  An American bikini designer living in Sydney has revealed a culture shock she experienced after spotting Australians shopping barefoot at a supermarket Sophia Kim (pictured) went on a 'quick and short trip' to Woolworths when she noticed many customers casually walking around the aisles without their shoes 'I think it's really interesting people don't wear shoes. I know it's a really Aussie thing but shoes are optional, rain or shine,' she said. 'But I'm not hating. This is a culture shock.' During her...
    (CNN)Trump administration officials made "deliberate efforts to undermine the nation's coronavirus response for political purposes," a House oversight committee led by Democrats said in a report released Friday.The committee, which spent months working to interview former Trump officials, said the administration worked to undermine the public health response to the coronavirus pandemic by blocking officials from speaking publicly, watering down testing guidance and attempting to interfere with other public health guidance.Many pieces of the report were a summation of documents and interviews they've released throughout the year, but the report also outlined new examples where health guidance was adapted despite officials' concerns about the potential harmful effects of the changes.In one instance, Dr. Jay Butler, the deputy director for infectious diseases at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the committee he was upset and concerned about guidance he was directed to update in May 2020 for faith communities. He said he feared that some of the altered guidance about masking and other church practices could potentially put lives at risk.He wrote in an email about the change...
    The Fort Worth public school district has sparked outrage after giving teachers a course on critical race theory where they taught that 'there's a little white man inside all of us,' despite denying that it is being taught in schools.  The Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas in May denied that critical race theory (CRT) is taught in its schools, however, an ex-committee member Carlos Turcios - who recently resigned from the committee over CRT - exposed classes offered to teachers about how to implement CRT into classrooms.  It is unclear when the classes were offered, but it is believed to be in 2020. The school district offered courses for teachers to explain CRT and how to recognize bias and implement open discussions in the classroom.  Despite denying it, in a 2020 Zoom meeting, Superintendent Kent Scribner said he was 'very proud that we have the courage to have these conversations and that we have the skilled leadership with the right values to make this work' after introducing the new courses being offered for teachers. Turcios disagrees, saying the school district...
    And prohibitions on possessing guns in public could soon change if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a New York law. As Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted in two killings that he said were self-defense, armed civilians patrolled the streets near the Wisconsin courthouse with guns in plain view. In Georgia, testimony in the trial of Ahmaud Arbery's killers showed that armed patrols were commonplace in the neighborhood where Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was chased down by three white men and shot. The two proceedings sent startling new signals about the boundaries of self-defense as more guns emerge from homes amid political and racial tensions and the advance of laws that ease permitting requirements and expand the allowable use of force. Across much of the nation, it has become increasingly acceptable for Americans to walk the streets with firearms, either carried openly or legally concealed. In places that still forbid such behavior, prohibitions on possessing guns in public could soon change if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a New York...