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    FANS will notice a changing of the guard among match officials in the early months of the new Premier League season. Experienced quartet Mike Dean, Martin Atkinson, Jon Moss and Kevin Friend will no longer be on the pitch while Tom Bramall is the sole new referee in the Prem. 1Ex-referee says it's sink or swim for new Premier League officialsCredit: PA And with the imminent departure of refs' boss Mike Riley, a shake-up will continue to take place ahead of Howard Webb's expected arrival in the winter. Promoted Bramall is young at 32 but is viewed as a promising prospect following his rapid rise through the leagues. My own refereeing journey was similar to Sheffield-based Bramall's pathway as we both spent two seasons in the National League before moving up to the Football League. After four seasons in the EFL where I've heard Championship managers rated him highly, Bramall is in the big time as the fifth ref to be promoted by the PGMOL in the last year. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLTRANSFER NEWS Barcelona line up £67m Alexander-Arnold bid,...
    Digitally generated image of 3D molecular model of polio virusCalysta Images | Tetra Images | Getty Images Hundreds of other people could have polio after an adult in a suburb of New York City caught the virus and suffered paralysis last month, the state's top health official said this week. New York State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett warned that the confirmed polio case in an unvaccinated adult, coupled with the detection of the virus in sewage outside the nation's largest city could, indicate a bigger outbreak is underway. "Based on earlier polio outbreaks, New Yorkers should know that for every one case of paralytic polio observed, there may be hundreds of other people infected," Bassett said. "Coupled with the latest wastewater findings, the Department is treating the single case of polio as just the tip of the iceberg of much greater potential spread." Bassett said it is crucial that children are vaccinated by the time they are two months old, and all adults -- including pregnant women -- who have not received their shots should get vaccinated immediately. "As we...
    Polio virus particle, computer illustration.Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Getty Images Polio has been found in wastewater samples taken from two counties outside of New York City indicating the virus is spreading in the community, according to state health officials. Wastewater samples taken from two different locations in Orange County during June and July tested positive for the virus, according to the New York State Department of Health. The findings come after an unvaccinated adult in Rockland County contracted polio, suffered paralysis and had to be hospitalized last month. Polio was subsequently found in Rockland County wastewater samples. Rockland County neighbors Orange County. "These environmental findings — which further indicate potential community spread — in addition to the paralytic polio case identified among a Rockland County resident, underscore the urgency of every New York adult and child getting immunized against polio, especially those in the greater New York metropolitan area," New York health officials said. The polio strain the adult in Rockland County caught suggests the chain of transmission did not begin in the United States. The strain...
    By Elizabeth Wolfe | CNN For investigators working on the cases of people whose remains were found on the shore of Lake Mead, time is the enemy. The bodies — one of which was found in a corroding barrel with a gunshot wound — could have been submerged in the lake’s depths decades ago, leaving the three sets of remains in advanced stages of decomposition and making it increasingly difficult to extract DNA. But officials have already discovered key details, which they revealed to CNN, including confirmation that the gunshot victim’s death was a homicide. When police arrived at the lake’s Hemenway Harbor on May 1 to investigate the discovery of a set of remains in a barrel, investigators immediately treated it as a homicide investigation, not waiting to get a confirmation from the coroner, Lt. Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police homicide unit told CNN. The gunshot wound was obvious, he said, and the circumstances clearly suspicious. RELATED: NASA releases new Lake Mead satellite images, shows dramatic water loss since 2000 Clark County Coroner Melanie Rouse has...
    (CNN)For investigators working on the cases of people whose remains were found on the shore of Lake Mead, time is the enemy.The bodies -- one of which was found in a corroding barrel with a gunshot wound -- could have been submerged in the lake's depths decades ago, leaving the three sets of remains in advanced stages of decomposition and making it increasingly difficult to extract DNA. But officials have already discovered key details, which they revealed to CNN, including confirmation that the gunshot victim's death was a homicide.When police arrived at the lake's Hemenway Harbor on May 1 to investigate the discovery of a set of remains in a barrel, investigators immediately treated it as a homicide investigation, not waiting to get a confirmation from the coroner, Lt. Jason Johansson of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police homicide unit told CNN. The gunshot wound was obvious, he said, and the circumstances clearly suspicious. Body in barrel discovered at Lake Mead is likely a gunshot murder victim from decades ago, police sayClark County Coroner Melanie Rouse has since preliminarily ruled the...
    A polio patient in Upstate New York is likely the first person to catch the disease on American soil in more than 40 years, evidence suggests. The unnamed patient is a 20-year-old Hasidic Jewish man who lives with his parents and wife in Rockland County, a local publication and the Washington Post reports.  He was discharged from hospital earlier this month after seeking care in June, but paralysis from the disease has left him struggling to walk — although he can now stand. The man had not been vaccinated against the disease, with the three-dose course being more than 99 percent effective at preventing infections. There are no effective treatments against polio. Health sources — speaking on condition of anonymity — revealed to the Post Thursday he had traveled to Poland and Hungary earlier this year. But the Rockland Department of Health told DailyMail.com the man had not traveled within the infection window — up to 21 days before symptoms appeared — meaning he likely caught the virus on U.S. soil. The last time the virus spread on U.S. soil was...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of monkeypox in the U.S. could represent the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease, though some health officials say the virus that causes pimple-like bumps might yet be contained before it gets firmly established. Experts don’t agree on the likely path of the disease, with some fearing that it is becoming so widespread that it is on the verge of becoming an entrenched STD — like gonorrhea, herpes and HIV. But no one’s really sure, and some say testing and vaccines can still stop the outbreak from taking root. So far, more than 2,400 U.S. cases have been reported as part of an international outbreak that emerged two months ago. Health officials are not sure how fast the virus has spread. They have only limited information about people who have been diagnosed, and they don’t know how many infected people might be spreading it unknowingly. They also don’t know how well vaccines and treatments are working. One impediment: Federal health officials do not have the authority to collect and connect data on who...
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York health officials report polio case, the first one in U.S. in nearly a decade. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (KHN)Robert Suttle has seen firsthand the legal risks of having HIV.In 2008, Suttle said, a former partner accused him of not disclosing he was HIV-positive. He was charged under Louisiana law with "intentional exposure to AIDS virus." Rather than fight the charge and risk a longer sentence, Suttle pleaded guilty, received a sentence of six months in state prison, and was required to register as a sex offender."You can be criminalized, certainly, for existing as a person living with HIV," he said.Suttle, who now lives in New York, said his experience has him worried about a new tool being promoted by federal officials to monitor the spread of HIV. With molecular surveillance, public health officials use routinely collected blood samples to identify how the virus is spreading among people.Suttle said such data could be used in cases like his. "With this surveillance, you could be connected to many different people or considered to be the source that transmitted to all these other people," he said.Read MoreMolecular surveillance is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's HIV cluster detection...
    (CNN)Officials urged swimmers in Long Island, New York, to be cautious after at least four people were injured in suspected shark attacks this month. "We are telling people that if they are swimming, they need to swim in lifeguard areas. They should only go waist deep and that they should be aware of their surroundings," Ocean Beach fire department chief Ian Levine told CNN on Thursday. The warning comes after several shark attacks were reported since July 3 at beaches on Long Island, a large peninsula that stretches more than 120 miles to the east of New York City.In the most recent attacks, a shark knocked a surfer off his paddleboard Wednesday morning at the Smith Point County Park beach, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said during a news conference. The surfer suffered a bite on his leg before punching the shark and riding a wave to shore. Teen surfer bitten by shark off Florida beach escapes with 9 stitches The beach was temporarily closed for several hours while officials scanned area waters for additional shark presence with drones, Bellone...
    NEW YORK -- New York City public health officials on Friday urged residents to return to indoor mask-wearing, noting how they're seeing high levels of COVID-19 infection.To help slow the spread, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene recommended in a tweet that "all New Yorkers should wear a high-quality mask, such as an N95, KN95 or KF94 in all public indoor settings and around crowds outside."Data posted on the agency's website show the number of new confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 was 5,352 as of July 5, compared to 2,760 as of July 3. Due to delays in reporting, the data are incomplete.Omicron remains the dominant variant in New York City and the BA.5 and BA.2.12.1 sublineages account for most of the current cases in the city, according to the public health department.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New York City news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    The Biden administration is ramping up efforts to slow the spread of monkeypox by distributing tens of thousands of vaccine doses, after facing criticism over its early response to a US outbreak primarily affecting gay men.  The plan, announced on Tuesday, involves rapidly expanding access to doses of Bavarian Nordic's Jynneos vaccine - which has so far been limited - to prevent monkeypox in areas with the highest transmission and need.  The announcement came just hours after advocates sent a letter to the White House slamming the administration's monkeypox response, saying that 1 million doses of the Jynneos vaccine already owned by the US are stuck in limbo in Denmark awaiting a facility inspection.  Although the vaccine itself has been approved for use by US regulators, the doses in Denmark were produced on a manufacturing line that is still awaiting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, officials said earlier this month.   The letter from PrEP4ALL and Partners for Health said in part: 'We must not allow the same failures of vaccine production and distribution that hampered the global COVID-19 response...
    Gay and bisexual men in New York City who are at a 'high risk' of catching monkeypox are being offered a vaccine to protect against the infection. Nearly 30 cases of the rash-causing virus, which is usually only spotted in Africa, have been detected in The Big Apple so far. Almost all have been among men who have sex with men. In a bid to stem the rising case tally, the New York City Health Department opened a clinic Thursday to roll out the two-dose Jynneous vaccine —  which is 85 percent effective against infection — to control the outbreak. It is being offered to men aged 18 and over who have had multiple or anonymous sex partners over the last 14 days. More than 100 people queued up for the jab today at Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic, Manhattan, as it opened at 11am. Within three hours the city was forced to suspend walk-in appointments because of demand. The clinic now has all its appointments booked until Monday, with health officials saying they hope to make more slots available 'soon'. Mark...
    NATO is set to create a new 200,000 strong force to “wipe Russia off the earth” if Putin invades an ally country, it has been reported. The new Allied Reaction Force (ARF) will be a six times larger than the current formation that stands ready to repel Russian aggression, the NATO Response Force (NRF). 6 6British troops on a recent exercise in EstoniaCredit: Getty 6Russian tanks rolling down a road in UkraineCredit: Reuters The world’s most powerful military alliance has been given a new lease of life by the Russian tyrant’s invasion of Ukraine and it has shipped large quantities of arms to the embattled nation. It’s feared Putin could lash out at Nato, in particular Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, which were once ruled from Moscow. In response the alliance is set to announce a massive expansion in readiness, two military officers with knowledge of the plans told Sky News. "The ARF will be about six times bigger than the NRF - significantly more," said one officer. READ MORE ON NATOFIRE AND FURY Putin ally threatens to nuke Britain into...
    Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) opened the Jan. 6 Select Committee hearing on Tuesday by warning the American public that former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election fraud “lie has not gone away — it’s corrupting our democratic institutions.” Thompson laid out the focus of the day’s hearing, noting that at the last hearing the committee focused on the pressure campaign urging then Vice President Mike Pence to refuse to certify the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6. He went on to explain that Tuesday’s hearing would focus on similar pressure campaigns that Trump and his allies waged against local officials. Thompson argued that the aftereffects of those campaigns are still reverberating through American democracy today and cited a recent case in New Mexico where a local election official refused to certify a county primary vote based on “gut feelings.” “At our last hearing we told the story of a scheme driven by Donald Trump to pressure former Vice president Mike Pence to illegally overturn the election results,” Thompson began, adding: We showed that when the pressure campaign failed and Mike Pence...
    (CNN)As top public safety officials testified before a Texas House committee on the Uvalde school massacre Thursday, new details on how law enforcement responded during the attack were uncovered in reports from The New York Times and Texas Tribune. While law enforcement decided how to breach two adjoining classrooms at Robb Elementary on May 24, they were also aware that injured victims were still trapped inside with the shooter, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing a transcript of law enforcement body camera footage included in investigative documents and videos from law enforcement reviewed by the Times.State officials have previously pinned the widely criticized decision to not breach the classroom to Uvalde school police chief Pedro "Pete" Arredondo, who has previously avoided commenting on his role or decision making on the day of the shooting. The embattled school police chief is now saying he never considered himself the scene's incident commander and did not order police to hold back on breaching the building, according to a report from the Texas Tribune which spoke with Arredondo by phone, in written answers...
    EWING TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A fiery crash outside the New Jersey School for the Deaf in Mercer County has killed one person. Crews rushed to the intersection of Lower Ferry Road and Stuyvesant Avenue in Ewing Township around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Investigators say the car crashed into a fence in front of the school and caught fire. One person was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
    (CNN)As health officials warn of rising Covid-19 infections and hospitalizations, the mayor of New York said the city would not reinstate mask mandates at this time. More than 1 million people have died of Covid-19 in the US"I'm proud of what we are doing and how we are not allowing Covid to outstmart us," Mayor Eric Adams said during a Wednesday news conference, after he was asked about reinstating a mandate, specifically in the city's schools. "We're staying prepared and not panicking."To defend his stance, Adams cited what he said were stable hospitalization numbers and deaths across the city, as well as Covid-19 testing in schools. "Variants are going to come," he said. "If every variant that comes, we move into shutdown thoughts, we move into panicking, we're not going to function as a city."City officials this week said New York City has reached the "high" Covid-19 alert level, indicating there is a high level of spread in the community and "substantial pressure on the health care system." The city's health department encouraged people to wear high-quality masks in...
    (CNN)While investigators sift through hundreds of tips on the whereabouts of a fugitive Alabama inmate and the officer he escaped with, authorities have released new information that may help the public identify them. Image renderings by the US Marshals Service show what officer Vicky White, 56, who was blonde at the time of her disappearance, would look like if she altered her appearance to have darker hair or a shorter hairstyle.The US Marshals Service released rendering of what VIcky White may look like if she tinted her hair darker."Obviously, there was a side to Vicky White that we weren't aware of. And she has coordinated this and taken advantage of her knowledge of the system and played it to her advantage and made it very difficult," Lauderdale County Sheriff Rick Singleton told CNN on Thursday. Officials also released new photos of inmate Casey White's distinctive tattoos. The Marshals Service disclosed that the inmate in 2015 allegedly threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and her sister and said he wanted police to kill him. The agency said authorities have advised his "potential...
    Dustin Volz, a Washington D.C.-based reporter who covers cybersecurity and intelligence, was careful to note in the article that intelligence officials are not suggesting the searches were in any way improper or illegal, no matter how nefarious the practice may sound. Rather, officials assert that the FBI's ability to conduct searches using the program remains an extremely important part of its mission to protect the country from threats to its national security. Futhermore, Biden administration officials told the Wall Street Journal that the total number of searches is likely far lower than 3.4 million due to remarkable difficulties in counting and sorting the data. For example, each time an individual’s name, phone number, email address, or social security number is queried, it counts as one search. Still, officials have acknowledged that the massive number published in the report is likely to raise alarms. "[It] is certainly a large number," a senior FBI official reportedly said Friday in a press release about the report. "I am not going to pretend that it isn’t." A battle over whether or not to...
    Russia has ordered tens of thousands of new diplomatic passports in a suspected scam to allow officials and spies - and their spouses - to bypass Western sanctions. The foreign ministry in Moscow has suddenly demanded the rapid printing of almost 175,000 of the elite travel documents at a cost of £3.3million. Yet the ministry - headed by Ukraine war hardliner Sergei Lavrov - has no more than 15,000 employees of which only one in three should qualify for diplomatic status. Sergei Lavrov heads the foreign ministry in Moscow, which has demanded the rapid printing of almost 175,000 of the elite travel documents at a cost of £3.3million. But the ministry has only  15,000 employees, of which only one in three should qualify for diplomatic status A report by opposition media outlet SOTA said that under Russian laws employees of the FSB security service - the largest successor to the Soviet-era KGB - qualify for diplomatic passports when on foreign missions. So do officers of the FSO, a protection service which guards Vladimir Putin and other top officials. MPs, judges...
    Believers of Trump’s big lie about the 2020 election continue to ignore national media and election experts. Will they be convinced by poll workers and local leaders to trust the democratic process again? As 2022’s primaries approach, an unprecedented wave of public and private efforts are underway to foster trust in election operations and election officials in response to ongoing claims by Donald Trump and his supporters, including many officeholders and candidates, that President Joe Biden was not legitimately elected. This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. Public-facing efforts include creating an election official appreciation day on April 12, a newly launched Election Official Legal Defense Network to counter new Republican-drafted laws that criminalize mistakes in administering elections, and federal lobbying to protect election officials and their families from threats. There also are behind-the-scenes efforts to educate local civic, business and faith leaders so that trusted voices can help to respond to election deniers. The efforts come as scores of candidates for statewide and local office, including many seeking reelection, have made the...
    A man is given a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at pop-up testing site in New York, April 11, 2022.Brendan McDermid | Reuters Covid infections are rising again in the U.S. with outbreaks in New York City and Washington, D.C. resulting in senior government officials coming down with the virus as the more contagious omicron BA.2 subvariant sweeps across the country. BA.2 now represents of 86% of new cases, almost completely displacing the earlier version of omicron that fueled the unprecedented winter surge, according to Covid surveillance data published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The BA.2 subvariant is anywhere from 30% to 80% more transmissible than the earlier omicron, BA.1, according to studies from the U.K. and Denmark. The U.S. reported a daily average of about 29,000 new infections as of Sunday, a 10% increase over the prior two weeks, according to data from the CDC. However, infections and hospitalization are still more than 90% below the peak of the omicron surge in January. Though infections are rising, most counties still have low levels of Covid transmission...
    (CNN)A New Jersey man has been charged with murder after allegedly abusing his 6-year-old son, including forcing him to run on a treadmill, according to prosecutors and court documents. Christopher Gregor, 29, is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, according to a news release from Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Barnegat Township Police Chief Keith A. Germain. Gregor is being held without bail, according to the county inmate locator. Gregor's attorney, Mario Gallucci, maintains his client "had nothing to do with the death of this child."Gregor took his son to the hospital on April 2, 2021, after the boy was showing symptoms of nausea and shortness of breath. The son, whose name was withheld from the probable cause affidavit and a police statement, began having seizures and was pronounced dead the same day, the affidavit said.The Ocean County Medical Examiner's Office conducted a post-mortem investigation and noted several bruises and hemorrhaging of the liver. Child abuse hotline calls and texts rose during the pandemic. Heres how to helpRead MoreProsecutors asked Dr. Thomas Andrew of White...
    Washington (CNN)The new US sanctions triggered by Russian's latest actions in Ukraine included targets that in the past have gone untouched: the family members of those in Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle.By designating the sons of two powerful players close to the Russian President, the Biden administration sent a clear signal that its target list for individual sanctions extends beyond public officials and financiers as part of a new effort to shut down pathways for top Putin associates to shield their wealth by giving it to family members. Denis Bortnikov and Vladimir Kiriyenko, both designated for individual sanctions by the Treasury Department on Tuesday, hold their own prominent positions in Russian business. But both will now have any US-held assets frozen and be barred from dealing with any US persons solely because their fathers serve as Putin's domestic intelligence chief and as one of Putin's closest advisers, respectively. "They share in the corrupt gains of the Kremlin policies and should share in the pain as well," Biden said Tuesday.Sanctioning the sons of two of Putin's closest officials doesn't carry...
    (CNN)An off-duty New York Police Department officer was shot in the foot Saturday in West Harlem, becoming the second off-duty NYPD officer to be shot in the past week. In Saturday's incident, the off-duty officer was shot as he exited a community center at the Manhattanville housing development around 4:30 p.m. after attending a vigil "for a very revered community member who passed away," NYPD Chief of Housing Jeffrey Maddrey said during a news conference.Two people were seen opening fire and it does not appear the off-duty officer fired his weapon in response, Maddrey said. No suspects have been arrested.An off-duty NYPD officer was shot during a robbery attempt in Queens. Two suspects were arrested, police sayThe off-duty officer began to feel pain in his left foot as he provided descriptions of the suspects to responding NYPD officers, and it was discovered he'd been shot, Maddrey said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment and is expected to make a full recovery, officials said.Police added that it appears the shooting may be connected to a dispute that happened in...
    The Biden Administration says it will start sending out at-home covid tests from a new government web site on Wednesday – but with a delivery window that could last longer than a typical case of covid. The administration has contracted for more than 420 million home tests kits, a senior administration official told reporters on a press call Friday. The tests will be free to the American public, with each household able to order up to four of them.   But with current wait times, it will take between 7 and 12 days for shipment within the continental, the official said. The U.S. Postal Service will be providing first class package delivery. 'We anticipate that that window will shorten as we get further along in this program,' said the official. Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories may have to wait longer for 'priority mail' delivery.' Those wait times may prove longer than some Americans are used to. A quick online search Friday revealed that Amazon.com could deliver a lawnmower by Monday, a holiday. Even in-demand at-home covid tests were available for delivery...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The city is battling the worst COVID-19 wave in a year. The Bronx currently has the highest positivity rate and in some neighborhoods that number is near 50%. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported Wednesday, elected leaders are concerned. READ MORE: CDC Advisers Vote To Recommend COVID Vaccine Booster Shots For Children As Young As 12“While it’s alarming right now, we can get this under control,” Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson said. FIND TESTING SITES: Click here for New York City’s testing site locator, including mobile sites and at-home appointments AVOID THE LINES: Click here for NYC Health+Hospitals testing wait times The borough was devastated by COVID deaths in 2020, and the outlook is now looking dim. The Bronx has a 27.9% positivity rate overall. The Fordham, Kingsbridge and University Heights neighborhoods are the highest at 47.3%. “I think the fact more people are getting tested is driving up the numbers. The exposure, too. Many people still not wearing face masks,” said Gibson. “We also know many people are not vaccinated.” Rapid tests and PPE will be available to...
    Los Angeles County continued to ride a wave of coronavirus infections through the holiday weekend, with one in five of those tested finding they have contracted the illness. L.A. County recorded 23,553 new cases on Saturday and 21,200 more on Sunday, far above last winter’s peak average of 16,000 cases a day. Officials say the latest wave is probably fueled by a few factors, including increased travel, large holiday gatherings and the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant. County health officials urged residents to curtail higher-risk activities, such as indoor events where people are unmasked for long periods of time and crowded outdoor gatherings. “Our hearts remain with those families experiencing the sorrow of losing those they love to COVID,” said Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health. “During this surge, given the spread of a more infectious strain of the virus, lapses can lead to explosive transmission.” With the spread of the outbreak outstripping last winter’s peaks, public health officials could take some solace in the fact that the now dominant Omicron variant remained less deadly than...
    NEWTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A nonprofit in Sussex County says it is at risk of not being able to help those in need in 2022 after its largest mailing to solicit thousands of donors disappeared from the post office without a trace. Now, the group is searching for answers. Tina Magarino, the executive director of Birth Haven, said she was devastated to learn that none the recipients of the 3,500 mailers she dropped off at the post office on Dec. 6 actually received them. She said the mailers are sent out annually before the holidays and generate the largest source of revenue for the organization. READ MORE: 'Christmas Is Saved': Charity 'Toys Of Hope' Gets Temporary Delivery Van After Its Was Totaled In Crash“I immediately reached out to the post office, where I personally dropped the mailers off at. We have a nonprofit permit number there, so I contacted them and they confirmed that they did send it out,” Magarino told CBS2’s Thalia Perez. Birth Haven is located in Newtown. It provides services including a place for homeless pregnant women...
    A Delta flight that was forced to turn around midair en route from Seattle to Shanghai, prompting a protest from the Chinese consulate, was caused by Covid cleaning requirements, it has been revealed. New Covid mandates at Shanghai Pudong International Airport 'require significantly extended ground time and are not operationally viable for Delta', an emailed statement from the airline said.  The flight that turned back to Seattle last week left passengers with expired Covid test results and US visas, according to Chinese media reports.  A Delta flight that was forced to turn around midair en route from Seattle to Shanghai was caused by Covid cleaning requirements, it has been revealed (file image) The Chinese consulate in San Francisco did not name Delta but said in a short statement Sunday that many flights from the U.S. to China had been delayed or canceled in recent days including a flight that turned back more than halfway to its destination. The consulate 'had made a stern representation to the airline,' the statement said. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next EXCLUSIVE:...
    Almost a year after that the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, the events of that day continue to inspire a great deal of analysis and discussion — including the fact that the National Guard didn’t get to the Capitol sooner when it was under attack. Writers Ryan Goodman and Justin Hendrix, in an article published by Just Security this week, argue that the National Guard was “restrained” by the Pentagon because of fears that then-President Donald Trump would “invoke the Insurrection Act.” “One of the most vexing questions about January 6 is why the National Guard took more than three hours to arrive at the Capitol after D.C. authorities and Capitol Police called for immediate assistance,” Goodman and Hendrix explain. “The Pentagon’s restraint in allowing the Guard to get to the Capitol was not simply a reflection of officials’ misgivings about the deployment of military force during the summer 2020 protests; nor was it simply a concern about ‘optics’ of having military personnel at the Capitol. Instead, evidence is mounting that the most senior defense officials did...
    BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images CNN’s Reliable Sources newsletter reported this week that President Joe Biden’s administration has been in touch with news outlets regarding coverage of economic issues. According to Monday’s newsletter, penned by Oliver Darcy (emphasis in original): The White House, not happy with the news media’s coverage of the supply chain and economy, has been working behind the scenes trying to reshape coverage in its favor. Senior White House and admin officials — including NEC Deputy Directors David Kamin and Bharat Ramamurti, along with Ports Envoy John Porcari — have been briefing major newsrooms over the past week, a source tells me. The officials have been discussing with newsrooms trends pertaining to job creation, economic growth, supply chains, and more. The basic argument that has been made: That the country’s economy is in much better shape than it was last year. I’m told the conversations have been productive, with anchors and reporters and producers getting to talk with the officials… This prompted outrage on Twitter. Hey yo, this ACTUAL state run media. pic.twitter.com/jkkrqidPO0 — Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 7, 2021 Is...
    ▶ Watch Video: Biden launches plan to combat Omicron variant The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is the latest strain of the coronavirus to be designated a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization: more and more countries are reporting cases, and it has an unusual combination of mutations that may enable it to spread faster. Scientists are also trying to determine whether the current vaccines are effective against it. Is it spreading in the U.S.? At least 10 cases have been reported across five states: Hawaii, New York, Colorado, Minnesota, and California. Some local leaders say Omicron is likely spreading in their states, after spotting cases not linked to international travel.  On December 2, New York’s governor announced that five new cases of the variant had been detected in the state. At least one, a 67 year old woman, had recently traveled to South Africa. She had received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine and reported “mild symptoms” from the disease. Officials said they had few details on the other four cases. That announcement came hours after health officials...
    PHILADELPHIA -- US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus "is assessed as very high," the WHO said in a technical brief Monday.Experts are now racing to determine whether Omicron's mutations make it more transmissible, more severe and potentially more resistant to vaccines, but it could be weeks before we have answers.In the meantime, US travel restrictions on flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi went into effect overnight. The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in multiple countries.So far, no cases have been confirmed on US soil, but the variant has been detected over the border in Canada and experts say it will likely pop up in the US soon.With much about Omicron still unknown, officials say vaccinations and boosters remain the...
    (CNN)US health officials are urging Americans not to be complacent and to use every tool at their disposal to prepare for the Omicron variant of Covid-19, which was recently deemed a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO).The overall global risk related to the newly discovered B.1.1.529 strain of the novel coronavirus "is assessed as very high," the WHO said in a technical brief Monday. Experts are now racing to determine whether Omicron's mutations make it more transmissible, more severe and potentially more resistant to vaccines, but it could be weeks before we have answers. Omicron is reminder that the virus is still in control, medical professor saysIn the meantime, US travel restrictions on flights from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi went into effect overnight. The Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa and has been detected in multiple countries. So far, no cases have been confirmed on US soil, but the variant has been detected over the border in Canada and experts say it will likely pop up in the US...
    The case of Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted in the 2020 murders of two men amid chaos on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is ominous for the peaceful resolution of political disagreements. The sense of menace arises less from the utterly misguided 17-year-old shooter, or his complete escape from justice, than from the celebration by Republicans and "conservatives" of Rittenhouse and even of the killings he perpetrated. This telling moment heightens the feeling of apprehension provoked by recurring threats and incidents of actual violence emanating from the far right and then justified, usually with indignant enthusiasm, by Republican elected officials at the highest level. The anger and hatred that have long simmered within that party are rapidly devolving into homicidal rage. Consider the matter of Rep. Paul Gosar R-AR), who posted a video that depicted him murdering his colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attempting to kill President Joe Biden with swords. Gosar's fantasy bloodbath resulted in his censure. (This offensive cartoon wasn't even original, ripping off an identical 2016 meme that showed "Donald Trump" attacking "Hillary Clinton.") While Gosar's own siblings...
    New York City officials have unanimously agreed on a new home for a statue of Thomas Jefferson that they voted in favor of removing from City Hall after over 100 years because some workers said that the slave-owning former president makes them feel 'uncomfortable.' The Public Design Commission voted to remove the statue before the end of the year during a lengthy hearing late last month, although they could not agree on a new location at the time. This Monday, the commission approved plans to relocate it to the New York Historical Society.  The statue will be placed in its lobby gallery for six months before being relocated to the museum's reading room for the duration of the 10-year loan agreement, both areas of which are free for public viewing, according to the New York Times. Louise Mirrer, the historical society's president and chief executive, told the news outlet that the statue will be displayed starting in April and it will coincide with an exhibition looking at the 'principal contradiction of our founding ideals.' New York City officials have unanimously agreed to relocate...
    As a senior at Stanford, Michael Tubbs undertook a most unusual extracurricular activity: Tubbs, the child of a teenage mother and an incarcerated father, decided to run for office, not for a student council position, but for the city council in his hometown of Stockton. He won, too, becoming one of the country’s youngest elected officials. Four years later, Tubbs, still just 26, was elected Stockton’s mayor. Along with a high profile that led to an HBO documentary, his goals were ambitious and idealistic: He started programs for guaranteed income and college scholarships and advocated for other systemic changes. This sparked pushback, which Tubbs says was fueled by racism and a disinformation campaign on social media, that led to his loss in his re-election campaign last year.  Now Tubbs has written “The Deeper The Roots,” which is both a personal memoir and a book of his policy beliefs. He spoke about politics and writing recently via Zoom. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q. The obvious first question for anyone with a political memoir is, What office...
    A new street drug called Paint is circulating around a small California school, where students are purchasing a highly addictive psychedelic drug for $5 a pill, officials are warning.  School administrators at Mesa Verde High School in Citrus Heights - roughly 30 minutes away from Sacramento - sent parents a letter warning them that a drug called Paint has been circulating around the school.  'Mesa Verde High School was notified early this week that there is a concern about a drug called "Paint" being sold at school,' the letter read.  The drug is a pill with 'psychedelic effects' and is 'known to be highly addictive,' the school said in the letter, obtained by CBS 13 Sacramento.  Psychedelic drugs, like LSD, are usually not addictive. It is unknown what makes Paint addictive.   The pill is described by CBS 13 as being a 'clear pill capsule with a red/brown dust.'  CBS Sacramento Privacy Policy School administrators warn parents of a new drug circulating. A psychedelic drug called Paint is going around Mesa Verde High School, near Sacramento, California, for $5 a...
    By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY and ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE ATLANTA (AP) — Elections Tuesday were testing new voting restrictions in some Republican-controlled states as officials got a chance to counter a year’s worth of misinformation about voting security. Officials said demonstrating secure, consistent and fair practices could help reassure those who still have doubts about last year’s presidential election as they begin preparations for next year’s midterms. “It is a great dress rehearsal for 2022,” Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said. Much of the attention will be on Virginia and New Jersey, where voters are casting ballots for governor and other statewide races. In the rest of the country, voters were making selections on a variety of local races, ranging from mayor and city council to school board and bond measures. Voters in Maine, New York, Texas and a few other few states were considering ballot initiatives on a wide array of topics. For some, the voting experience will be different from last year, when officials implemented pandemic-related changes to make it easier for voters to avoid crowded polling places. Some...
    Families still grieving the loss of loved ones killed in the Surfside condo collapse are demanding authorities keep sifting through the rubble for as long as it takes to find remains.  Many families of the 98 victims have received just trace amounts of remains after the Florida complex collapsed on June 24.  Friends and family of New Yorker Estelle Hedaya, 54, said they received so little of the victim's remains that they could easily lift her casket.  'I could have lifted it with my pinkie,' her best friend Lisa Shrem told the Washington Post.  So little of New Yorker Estelle Hedaya's remains were found in the collapse of the Surfside condo in Miami. Her best friend Lisa Shrem said: 'I could have lifted it [her casket] with my pinkie' After the initial recovery effort at the site, officials moved the rubble to a location 14 miles from the condos, near Miami International Airport.  The rubble has been divided into two piles, based on supposed value of the evidence it might hold. The portions that crews have determined to contain possible remains are moved...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The newly built water vault at McKinley Park was filled by Sunday’s storm, causing flooding of some streets nearby. With Sacramento having a combined sewer system, big storms can often cause storm and wastewater to overflow into the street. However, the 6 million gallon vault built under McKinley Park is supposed to help prevent such events. READ MORE: Sacramento Sets Storm Record With Its Highest All-Time Rainfall Total Since 1880However, city officials say the vault was built for a ten-year storm event. Sunday’s storm was at a 200-year level – with Sacramento getting more than 5 inches of rain over 24-hours. READ MORE: 'Never Been So Excited': Nonprofit Gets Unexpected Help As Storm Threatens ShelterCity officials stress that there have been no issues found on the levees in the city, and there has also been no impact to Sacramento’s drinking water. MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Atmospheric River: I-880 Shutdown, Flooded Roadways, Damaged Homes, Massive Rockslides In Storm's WakeSome localized flooding is still expected, officials say, with flows going beyond capacity in many locations.
    Now that former President Donald Trump's reign is over, the members of his administration have been forced to take their careers in different directions. So, where are the members of the Trump administration now? According to The Intelligencer, many are doing an array of different things; some of which are synonymous with the questionable activities that long-haunted the Trump administration. Here's where the top Trump White House officials are now: 1. Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is still trying to distance himself from the kidnapping of Julian Assange. According to Pompeo, he had nothing to do with it. Pompeo is adamantly denying any involvement in the plot to kidnap Assange. A report published by Yahoo! News back in September, suggested that Pompeo was livid when he learned Assange divulged U.S. national-security secrets. In fact, the report also claimed that he participated in discussions with members of the Trump administration on how to get retribution. However, Pompeo is still suggesting the reports are not true. "There's pieces of it that are true," Pompeo...
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an investigation after a hack on far-right group the Oath Keepers reportedly revealed it has two active NYPD cops and three New York public officials on its books.  The investigation takes place after an anonymous hacker shared what they claim are emails and membership data from the extremist militia group, who were present at the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Eighteen Oath Keeper members have since faced charges from the Capitol riot. The far-right group's records were sent to a transparency nonprofit group known as Distributed Denial of Secret (DDoSecrets), which shares data leaks with journalists and researchers, and posted online Monday. Members of the Oath Keepers militia group, including Jessica Marie Watkins (far left) who has since been indicted by federal authorities for her role in the siege on the Capitol, stand among supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump occupying the east front steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington De Blasio (pictured) vowed a 'full investigation’ into NYPD officers linked to militant right-wing Oath Keepers on Thursday...
    Fox News' Tucker Carlson has a new conspiracy theory about the United States armed forces and COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, September 20, Carlson voiced his disapproval about the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. According to Carlson, the vaccine mandate appear to be an attempt to rid the armed forces of individuals who do not share President Joe Biden's political views. On Tucker Carlson Tonight, the primetime host also criticized U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's order requiring all active-duty members to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. "The memo directs the Secretaries of the Military Departments to immediately begin full vaccination of all members of the Armed Forces under DoD authority on active duty or in the Ready Reserve, including the National Guard, who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19," the August 25 release said. Carlson argues that the order is "specifically designed to separate the obedient from the free." "Can't have any of the latter category," Carlson said as he described vaccination as a "political purity test" being incorporated despite "zero scientific basis." The Fox host also attempted...
    A Chinese defector claims he tried to warn top US officials about a deadly new virus in Wuhan five months before the World Health Organisation declared Covid-19 a pandemic. Wei Jingsheng revealed in a shocking new documentary that he took his concerns about the unfolding situation to senior figures within the Trump administration but was subsequently ignored. The long-time democracy campaigner, who has served time in prison for 'counter-revolutionary activities', said he made the approach in November 2019, as whispers of a 'new SARS virus' began circulating on WeChat and other Chinese social media platforms. Wei Jingsheng (pictured) claims he took his concerns about the unfolding situation to senior figures within the Trump administration but was subsequently ignored 'I felt they were not as concerned as I was, so I tried my best to provide more detail and information,' he tells Sky News in the documentary, What Really Happened in Wuhan. 'They may not believe that a government of a country would do something like that (cover up a virus), so I kept repeating myself in an effort …...