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    Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s team is “working ... to prevent" Russia from establishing military bases in Latin America as the crisis in Ukraine is widening the diplomatic disputes between the former Cold War rivals. “We, as a hemisphere, do not accept provocations,” State Department Assistant Secretary Brian Nichols, Blinken’s top lieutenant for the Western Hemisphere, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “And those types of prodding by forces from outside our hemisphere are unacceptable.”
    Suspected white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse is on trial, facing two counts of homicide and one count of attempted homicide. While the fate of Rittenhouse is yet to be determined, his trial, much like the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbery, is about much more than one individual. About more than Kyle Rittenhouse. America is on trial, under the spotlight since 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, on the cusp of a seminal moment, with potential for change, yet still careening on the shaky path of injustice. Whatever the outcome, such trials will be looked back on as a turning point in years ahead, for better or worse. Either justice will be done or injustice will. And judging by events, things could go either way. For a start, the very fact that there were so many doubts as to whether or not Rittenhouse would even face accountability reminds us of where we are — and the true state of play. It was the same with Derek Chauvin and is the case with Ahmaud Arbery's killers. There's an...
    With Veteran's Day approaching, former US Army Sergeant Josephine Bogdanich has a lot to celebrate.  The retired servicewoman recently marked her 105th birthday, making her one of the oldest living female WWII veterans in the United States.  She was also the oldest aboard the first ever all-female 'Honor Flight' to Washington, D.C., last month paying tribute to women who served in the military.  'I let everyone in charge know I had to be up at midnight to catch a 2am flight,' Bogdanich, a resident of the Veteran's Home in Manteno, Illinois since 2017, told DailyMail.com.  'I was so afraid they'd forget to wake me and I'd miss the opportunity of a lifetime to travel with 93 other female vets to the Vietnam Women's War Memorial and the Military Women's Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.'  'The trip was one of the highlights of my life.'  At the age of 105, army Sergeant Josephine Bogdanich, of Chicago, is one of the oldest living female WWII veterans in the US Sgt. Josephine Bogdanich and Korean War Air Force Veteran Amelia Cunningham waiting to board...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A new study shows that Pennsylvania is among the lowest ranked states in the country when it comes to how hard people work. According to the study, Pennsylvania ranks 37th out of all 50 states in terms of how hard people work. Source: WalletHub The study released by WalletHub ranks all 50 states on criteria including, but not limited to: Average workweek hours Workers with multiple jobs Annual volunteer hours Unemployment rate Leisure time spent per day To read more and see the full results of the study, click here. 
    The Pentagon is denying reports that it left U.S. military service K-9s in Afghanistan after its Monday withdrawal from the country. Photos posted to social media over the weekend appeared to show dogs in cages at the Kabul airport, and the nonprofit organization Veteran Sheepdogs of America said on Tuesday told TMZ it was continuing to help evacuate dozens of contracted military working dogs from the country. "To correct erroneous reports, the U.S. Military did not leave any dogs in cages at Hamid Karzai International Airport, including the reported military working dogs," DOD spokesman John Kirby said in a Tuesday statement. "Photos circulating online were animals under the care of the Kabul Small Animal Rescue, not dogs under our care." Joshua Holser, founder of Veteran Sheepdogs of America, said he hoped to rescue the working dogs by raising $1.67 million – the cost for a 737 plane out of Kabul, the TMZ reported.  NON-PROFIT AIMING TO RESCUE DOZENS OF MILITARY DOGS FROM AFGHANISTAN: REPORT The nonprofit said in an early Tuesday tweet that "51 contracted military working dogs are safe...
    Dozens of contracted working dogs have been abandoned by the US in Afghanistan, along with up to 200 civilians and military equipment. An animal welfare group has condemned the 'death sentence' for the animals who now face 'torture' by the Taliban. American Humane has called on Congress to rescue the purpose-trained dogs who perform a wide range of duties and work alongside military dogs. Dozens of contracted working dogs have been abandoned by the US in Afghanistan after the troop withdrawal Afghan Air Force's A-29 attack aircraft and armoured vests are left on the ground inside a hangar at the airport in Kabul  The organization's CEO Robin R. Ganzert said in a statement: 'I am devastated by reports that the American government is pulling out of Kabul and leaving behind brave US military contract working dogs to be tortured and killed at the hand of our enemies.  'These brave dogs do the same dangerous, lifesaving work as our military working dogs, and deserved a far better fate than the one to which they have been condemned.  RELATED ARTICLES...
    A woman said to be the oldest working nurse in the country is hanging up her scrubs after more than 70 years.  Washington-based Florence "SeeSee" Rigney, 96, is headed into retirement after her final day as a nurse at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital last Friday. MultiCare shared a news release July 18 in which it claimed Rigley is America's "oldest working nurse." Her career spanned seven decades, according to MultiCare. "I don’t like to sit around – I’ve always got to have something to do. That’s my nature," Rigney said in a statement adding that she’s always wanted to become a nurse. "I love to interact with patients and give them the help that I can." A Washington-based nurse said to be the oldest working nurse in America retired at 96-years-old. (Courtesy of MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital. ) Rigney, a mother of two, traveled across the country for her career throughout Washington, Texas and Wyoming as an operating nurse where she would set up operating rooms to help surgeons and patients before surgery. And well into her nineties, Rigney...
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused the Biden administration of working to make Iran America’s "senior partner" in the Middle East, calling talks with Iran "especially dangerous" for Israel, and saying factions of the Democratic Party are behaving in ways that are "fundamentally anti-Semitic."  During an interview with Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on her podcast "Real America," Pompeo discussed the importance of "stability and peace" in Jerusalem while accusing the Biden administration of backing Iran over Israel.  WHAT ARE THE IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS ABOUT? "Why you would side with Iran against our ally, Israel – that’s effectively what they’re doing," Pompeo said.  "Think about just these first 100-plus days. There’s a group of terrorists in a country called Yemen. … They’re called Houthis – they’re tribesmen. They are an Iranian proxy. They’re clearly terrorists, and the administration says, no, we’re going to de-designate them. We’re going to say they are not terrorists," Pompeo continued, referring to the Biden administration's move in February to lift the designation of Houthis as a global terrorist organization. "Today, they are launching...
    EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Josh Hawley is warning that Big Tech companies are working to "transform America," arguing in his new book that mega-corporations are the "gravest threat" to liberty in decades. Hawley, R-Mo., in an exclusive interview with Fox News, described his book – "The Tyranny of Big Tech" – as one that "corporate press, corporate media, and corporate monopolies" wanted "canceled." HAWLEY SLAMS TWITTER RESPONSE TO TIM SCOTT 'UNCLE TIM' TRENDING TOPIC: 'GLARING DOUBLE STANDARD' The book, which is expected to hit the shelves May 4, was initially set to be published by Simon & Schuster. But after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the company dropped Hawley as a client after he and other Republicans objected to certifying Electoral College votes in certain battleground states in the 2020 presidential election. "The irony is, the book is about the control Big Tech has over our politics, and over our society, and it was Big Tech that led the effort to get this canceled," Hawley told Fox News.  "I think it was a petition drive that started on Twitter – certainly was amplified by Twitter, that...
                        President Joe Biden visited Duluth and gave a speech to several parked cars at a “drive-in rally” Thursday, marking his 100th day in office. Besides touting the meager success of passing a COVID-19 stimulus, which has been Biden’s only major legislative accomplishment in his first 100 days in office, the subject matter of the speech was rather general. Here’s what Biden said: “Folks, it’s only been 100 days, but I have to tell you, I’ve never been more optimistic about the future in America, and America is on the move again. We’re choosing hope over fear, truth over lies, light over darkness. We’re working, we’re working again. We’re dreaming again. We’re discovering again. And we’re leading the world again. And you’re proving democracy can deliver for the people. We just need to remember who we are.” Biden also discussed his trillion-dollar plan to bolster America’s infrastructure, though it’s unclear what exactly that plan will entail, and bashed the “one percent” for not paying enough in taxes. He...
    Loading the player... As another round of stimulus checks issued under the American Rescue Plan rolls out in April, new data shows prior checks led to a record rise in household income and spending power in March.  Household income rose to 21 percent in March and was the largest monthly increase for government records since 1959, according to data released from the US Commerce Department and published by the Wall Street Journal. Nationwide spending also rose by 4 percent and personal savings among Americans increased to 27 percent in March, which was almost 14 percent higher than in February. Researchers credit this growth to the $1,400 stimulus payments stipulated in the American Rescue Plan.  Read More: Americans could see a fourth stimulus check (Credit: Getty Images) In March, President Biden signed the $1.9 billion COVID-19 pandemic relief bill into law and researchers predict that vaccinations and business re-openings will maintain the momentum of an economic upswing.  “If we have COVID-19 cases under control, that would ideally make way for us to reopen the services sector of the economy. That,...
    Budweiser is offering a contest for five of the “hardest working hands” in America during the pandemic and will pay $5,000 towards each of those person’s housing costs. “We’re looking for America’s hardest working hands,” a tweet from the beer company read. The comments were noted by Fox Business in a piece published Monday. “Just post a pic of your favorite shift worker’s hands (or your own) and why you think they’re the hardest working,” the post added. “Tag it with #HardestWorkingHands #Contest.” We’re looking for America’s hardest working hands. Just post a pic of your favorite shift worker’s hands (or your own) and why you think they’re the hardest working. Tag it with #HardestWorkingHands #Contest pic.twitter.com/vCFGCEPr2V — Budweiser (@budweiserusa) April 20, 2021 Those eligible to enter the beer contest include people who work in food-running, health care, construction, shift work and other fields that “use their hands the most.”  (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “We know that shift workers have had a trying year, and have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure communities...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Embattled U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who is under investigation for sex trafficking, is expected to be the keynote speaker at a “Women for America First” this weekend at the Trump National Doral Miami. It comes as Gaetz and associate, former Seminole County tax collector Joel Greenberg, are under federal investigation for possible sex trafficking. READ MORE: Miami Weather: Sunny Afternoon With Gentle Breeze Gaetz has denied the allegations that he had sex with an underage girl who was 17 at the time and that he and Greenberg provided drugs and money to other women in violation of sex trafficking and prostitution laws. READ MORE: Flags Will Be Lowered To Half-Staff Tuesday To Honor Rep. Alcee Hastings The federal probe is also working to determine if Gaetz was provided travel and women in exchange for political favors. Sources said Greenberg paid for travel expenses and several escorts during a trip with Gaetz to the Bahamas. Greenberg is reportedly working toward a plea deal with federal prosecutors, which could potentially escalate the legal and political jeopardy for...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — March is Women’s History Month, and Maryland is home to thousands of extraordinary women, including the founder and president of one of the world’s leading immigration law firms, Murthy Law. The life and career of Sheela Murthy have just been profiled in a new biography. READ MORE: Governor Hogan Hopes For Normalcy By Memorial Day; Baltimore COVID-19 Cases Doubled In Past Month Murthy was herself, an immigrant. She has now dedicated her life to helping others who want to live and work in the country she loves. “My sense of justice and right and wrong was very, very strong from my childhood,” she said. “And where it came from, I have no clue.” Murthy’s childhood was spent in Gujarat, western India. The middle child of three daughters, her father was a captain in the Army. All her life, Murthy said she knew she wanted to practise law. “From my parents, if you weren’t a doctor or an engineer, you were practically a nobody,” she said. “And so when I say, I’m going to fight for justice and the rights...
    NEW YORK -- In honor of Women's History Month in March, we're taking a closer look at the accomplishments and issues women face in the current coronavirus pandemic world.Do you have questions about your employment rights, starting a business, or finding remote work? Are you a working mother looking for help managing work and child care or education? Do you want help managing the stress and anxiety of finding work or finding a work/life balance right now?Send us your questions via the form below, then join us today at 10 a.m. PST | 12 p.m. CTS | 1 p.m. EST as moderator Sandra Bookman hosts "Our America: Women Forward in the Workforce," a town hall featuring multiple panelists from around the nation.Watch wherever you stream this station on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, or Android TV.Topics to be covered include workplace/work from home challenges, employment rights, small businesses, new opportunities for women, empowering and building up women in the workforce, schools/childcare challenges for working mothers, mental health issues related to work stress or unemployment stress and resources for women in...
    NEW YORK -- In honor of Women's History Month in March, we're taking a closer look at the accomplishments and issues women face in the current coronavirus pandemic world.Do you have questions about your employment rights, starting a business, or finding remote work? Are you a working mother looking for help managing work and child care or education? Do you want help managing the stress and anxiety of finding work or finding a work/life balance right now?Send us your questions via the form below, then join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. PST | 12 p.m. CTS | 1 p.m. EST as moderator Sandra Bookman hosts "Our America: Women Forward in the Workforce," a town hall featuring multiple panelists from around the nation.Watch wherever you stream this station on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, or Android TV.Topics to be covered include workplace/work from home challenges, employment rights, small businesses, new opportunities for women, empowering and building up women in the workforce, schools/childcare challenges for working mothers, mental health issues related to work stress or unemployment stress and resources for women in...
    NEW YORK -- In honor of Women's History Month in March, we're taking a closer look at the accomplishments and issues women face in the current coronavirus pandemic world.Do you have questions about your employment rights, starting a business, or finding remote work? Are you a working mother looking for help managing work and child care or education? Do you want help managing the stress and anxiety of finding work or finding a work/life balance right now?Send us your questions via the form below, then join us Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST | 12 p.m. CTS | 1 p.m. EST as moderator Sandra Bookman hosts "Our America: Women Forward in the Workforce," a town hall featuring multiple panelists from around the nation.Watch wherever you stream this station on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, or Android TV.Topics to be covered include workplace/work from home challenges, employment rights, small businesses, new opportunities for women, empowering and building up women in the workforce, schools/childcare challenges for working mothers, mental health issues related to work stress or unemployment stress and resources for women in...
    NEW YORK -- In honor of Women's History Month in March, we're taking a closer look at the accomplishments and issues women face in the current coronavirus pandemic world.Do you have questions about your employment rights, starting a business, or finding remote work? Are you a working mother looking for help managing work and child care or education? Do you want help managing the stress and anxiety of finding work or finding a work/life balance right now?Send us your questions via the form below, then join us Tuesday at 10 a.m. PST | 12 p.m. CTS | 1 p.m. EST as moderator Sandra Bookman hosts "Our America: Women Forward In the Workforce," a town hall featuring multiple panelists from around the nation.Watch wherever you stream this station on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, or Android TV.Topics to be covered include workplace/work from home challenges, employment rights, small businesses, new opportunities for women, empowering and building up women in the workforce, schools/childcare challenges for working mothers, mental health issues related to work stress or unemployment stress and resources for women in...
    Documentary filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Live” that white people voted for Republicans because they were “having a hard time” becoming a minority in America due to changing demographics. On the coronavirus stimulus bill passing, Moore said, “I’m just so happy to be in this moment here in the last few minutes and what has happened in Congress. It’s such a historic moment. I think in the next few weeks, people, the average Americans, will see the coming results of this. They are going to feel it. They are going to feel government helping them in a profound way.” He continued, “Trump and Republicans have always done well with the white working class and not just the white working class the white vote. No Democratic president has won the white vote since Truman except Lyndon Johnson in the landslide of 64 after President Kennedy was assassinated and Bill Clinton in his second election. That’s it. Everybody in-between Truman and now, other than those two examples, have lost the white vote. So white people, yes, but that is...
    Joe Biden made a public appeal for calm and patience as every “legal vote” gets counted in the waning days of the 2020 presidential election. Depending upon the news outlet, the former Vice President is either six or 17 electoral votes away from being the 46th president of the United States, with four or five states still hanging in the balance. After noting that he and his running mate Kamala Harris had been updated on the coronavirus pandemic, Biden turned to the election. “In America the vote is sacred,” he said. “It’s how people of this nation express their will, and it is the will of the voters — no one, not anything else that chooses the president of the United States of America.” Amid the ongoing and baseless accusations of voter fraud alleged by President Donald Trump and his surrogates, Biden noted, “So each ballot must be counted, and that’s what we’re going to see going through now, and that’s how it should be. Democracy is sometimes messy.” In the short speech that lasted less than two minutes, Biden...
    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A new sculpture honoring military women and military working dogs is being unveiled outside Arlington National Cemetery. The life-size bronze sculpture called “The Pledge” is being placed at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, located at Arlington National Cemetery’s entrance. An unveiling ceremony is scheduled for Saturday. The sculpture shows a female servicemember kneeling to meet her working dog. The sculpture by artist Susan Bahary was commissioned by the U.S. War Dogs Association National Headquarters. The Women’s Memorial is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout its history. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Virginia, Associated Press
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s a college town, a beer-lover’s town, a city bustling with industry, and now Fort Collins has the honor of being the “Best Place to Live in America.” That’s according to the website Livability.com, which came out with its rankings earlier this month. No other Colorado municipality landed in the Top 20. (credit: CBS) Fort Collins was described as a “vibrant and growing city that’s overflowing with opportunity” by the survey’s authors, who took the coronavirus pandemic into account. They put 1,000 small to mid-sized cities under the microscope for their list and considered broadband access, economic resilience and job numbers as important metrics now that more people are working from home and many others are searching for work. “Innovation and enthusiasm course throughout (Fort Collins),” they wrote. Being home to Colorado State University most likely helped a lot in the survey. Two other college towns — Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Madison, Wisconsin — were No. 2 and No. 3 on the list. Downtown Fort Collins during a snowstorm last year (credit: CBS) If it’s...
    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — New Orleans native Maurice Carlos Ruffin has been chosen as the University of Mississippi's 2020-21 John and Renée Grisham writer in residence. Ruffin gained national recognition after writing “We Cast a Shadow,” a horror novel about a father trying to shield his son from racism. It was placed on best books lists in 2019 by The New York Times, The Washington Post and National Public Radio. “Horror is a fitting genre to write about race in America,” Ruffin said. “As far back as Richard Wright’s `Native Son,' Black American writers have turned to horror to describe a situation that can be, literally, horrible.” While at the University of Mississippi as writer in residence, Ruffin will be working on a new novel he describes as an “upbeat and hopeful side of the race problem in America. It is about people coming together to solve those problems.” In addition to working on his writing, Ruffin is teaching an undergraduate advanced fiction workshop online. Next semester, he’ll be teaching in the university’s graduate creative writing program. Ruffin’s forthcoming short...
    MEXICO CITY – The U.N.’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ILO urged countries in the region to adopt “immediate strategies” to deal with the problem. The count was up from the ILO’s previous estimates in early August that 14 million jobs had been lost in the region. The organization's Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro, called it “an unprecedented challenge.” Pinheiro said the third quarter had brought a recovery in economic activity and, according to preliminary data, a tentative recovery in employment. He said the region faced structural problems like low productivity, income inequality and a large percentage of people working off the books. The ILO figures were based on data from nine countries which account for 80% of the region's workforce. The ILO lists Latin America and the Caribbean as the worst-hit region in the world in terms of lost working hours, with a drop of 20.9% in the first three quarters of...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N.’s International Labour Organization said Wednesday that at least 34 million jobs have been lost in Latin America due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ILO urged countries in the region to adopt “immediate strategies” to deal with the problem. The count was up from the ILO’s previous estimates in early August that 14 million jobs had been lost in the region. The organization's Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vinícius Pinheiro, called it “an unprecedented challenge.” Pinheiro said the third quarter had brought a recovery in economic activity and, according to preliminary data, a tentative recovery in employment. He said the region faced structural problems like low productivity, income inequality and a large percentage of people working off the books. The ILO figures were based on data from nine countries which account for 80% of the region's workforce. The ILO lists Latin America and the Caribbean as the worst-hit region in the world in terms of lost working hours, with a drop of 20.9% in the first three quarters of the year, compared to...
    4 sports documentaries on Quibi that deliver a powerful punch These Stunning Photos of Fall Foliage Remind Us Why We Love Autumn Most Americans don't know these lucrative Social Security "secrets" Ad Microsoft Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress Away Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Gorodenkoff / Shutterstock.com The 10 Hardest-Working Cities in America This story originally appeared on Zippia. Working hard or hardly working? If you’re like most American workers, the answer is you’re working pretty hard! However, there is no denying that some cities have a more “dog eat dog” pace. Whether you’re curious if your city is one of them, or maybe you long for a city with a better work-life balance, we hit the data to find where workers are burning the candle at both ends. To determine the hardest-working cities in each state, we ranked just shy of 4,000 cities...
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not primarily known for her positions on labor issues, though of course many feminist issues are also workplace ones, and Ginsburg’s anti-discrimination work in the 1970s opened up new possibilities for women. In recent years, Ginsburg wrote powerful dissents to the courts’ conservatives’ support of forced arbitration, in which workers are required to sign away their right to a day in court as a condition of employment. She also got the chance to cast a vote for the rights of pregnant workers. Advocates for workers stepped up to remember Ginsburg.  ● From the AFL-CIO: America has lost one of the greatest jurists in our nation’s history. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her career defending the Constitution and the everyday working people who bring that document to life. She was a consistent, unshakable champion of civil and women’s rights and the freedom to form a union. The AFL-CIO, the labor movement and all those who aspire for dignity on the job are better off because of Justice Ginsburg’s service. Her passing leaves a hole in our collective hearts and...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) attempted to honor workers in a Labor Day tweet, but after her attempts to blame a salon owner for setting her up while she violated San Francisco lockdown rules to get her hair done, the tweet was not received kindly by everyone, Fox News reported. What did Pelosi say?"Over generations, working people across America built the middle class and secured progress for hard-working families," Pelosi wrote. "House Democrats are unified in our commitment to America's working families. Happy Labor Day!"Over generations, working people across America built the middle class and secured progress for hard-working famili… https://t.co/d6EcbOnPv0 — Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi)1599491250.0What's the problem?The message, on its own, is uncontroversial. However, Pelosi recently blamed a salon owner for serving her in violation of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, accusing the owner of setting her up. Security footage from Aug. 31 showed Pelosi in a San Francisco salon without a mask, apparently getting her hair washed and styled, even though local ordinances required salons to remain closed. Pelosi, after being exposed for her disregard for the lockdown rules that...
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