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    Kyle Mulligan, the Toronto Blue Jays fan who nearly caught Aaron Judge's historic 61st home run of the season earlier this week, will get to see another ball drop on New Year's Eve, thanks to ABC's Jimmy Kimmel. The late-night host interviewed Mulligan via satellite to discuss the moment Judge's record-tying home run caromed off his glove and into the Blue Jays' bullpen. The Yankees' slugger now needs only one more home run over the season's final week to set a new team and American League home run record. 'It was a big moment, and the ball itself was like a flying lotto ticket,' Kimmel told his audience during a recording in Brooklyn. 'It can be worth, they say, anywhere between $200,000 and $250,000. 'So obviously the fans in the stands in Toronto were very anxious to catch it,' he continued as video of the incident began rolling. 'Lots of people brought gloves to the game, which is always kinda funny, but this guy, it bounced off his glove, he had a real shot at it. 'It's not as easy...
    Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via ZUMA Press Wire This story was originally published by the Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The most tragic aspect of this week’s catastrophe in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Fiona has wrecked infrastructure and knocked out electricity for millions of residents, may be that solutions for protecting the island and its population from extreme-weather events like this have been known for years—and none of them have been implemented. The island commonwealth has long been a victim of its territorial status. In 2016, responding to a debt crisis primarily forced upon Puerto Rico by outside companies and creditors, the United States government imposed a financial oversight board on the island to push for spending cuts and other austerity measures—thus hobbling its ability to recover from the fallout from 2017’s Hurricane Maria, including the longest blackout in US history. This isn’t the only recent example of government failing to prepare for natural disasters. Just look at Jackson, Mississippi. In the years since, Puerto Ricans have made clear their desires to use already-delegated emergency funds to expand renewable energy sources like rooftop solar,...
    The Ravens have signed All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker to a four-year extension, the team announced Monday. Tucker’s deal, which extends his contract through 2027, will keep him as the NFL’s highest-paid kicker. The contract is worth $24 million, or $6 million annually, and includes $17.5 million guaranteed and an $11.5 million signing bonus, according to ESPN. “It means the world to me to continue my career here in Baltimore,” he said Monday. “My home, my family’s home — it’s truly special to know I’ll be accounted for for the next six seasons. … This is my home, and I couldn’t be happier.” Tucker’s extension comes after an impressive 2021 season, during which he led the NFL in field-goal accuracy (95.6%) and extra-point accuracy (100%). Tucker converted two game-winning field goals, including an NFL-record 66-yarder in a victory over the Detroit Lions in Week 3, and enters 2022 having made 58 straight fourth-quarter and overtime field-goal attempts. Tucker, 32, a five-time Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro selection, is the most accurate kicker in league history and among the greatest-ever special teams...
    (CNN)A wildfire in Northern California exploded in size over the weekend, triggering evacuations and becoming the state's largest wildfire so far this year, according to CAL FIRE. The blaze, dubbed the McKinney Fire, broke out Friday afternoon in the Klamath National Forest near the California-Oregon border and has since ripped through more than 52,000 acres, advancing on homes and forcing nearly 2,000 residents to evacuate Saturday, authorities said.Heavy smoke over the fire helped slow its growth Sunday, but also kept firefighting aircraft grounded, the US Forest Service said in a Sunday night update.As the weekend ended, the blaze was 0% contained and firefighters face a long battle ahead as lightning and thunderstorms complicated efforts while the flames raced through dry vegetation. Northern California wildfire exacerbated by weather, causing significant growthOregon state Rep. Dacia Grayber was camping with her husband, both firefighters, near the California state line when they woke up to orange skies, hot wind gusts, lightning and blowing ash, she said on Twitter. They evacuated from the campground knowing one of them may return on deployment if the fire...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amazon’s 2-day Prime Day sales event started Tuesday. Prime members can now score deep discounts on electronics, home goods, toys and more. The deals will be offered until Thursday at midnight. READ MORE: Former Philadelphia Police Officer Charged In Deadly Shooting Of 12-Year-Old Thomas Siderio To Appear In Court TuesdayAmazon says last year’s Prime Day was the largest 2-day sales period for third-party sellers in Amazon’s history. READ MORE: Police: 2 Men Killed In Possible Shootout In South PhiladelphiaBut Amazon isn’t the only retailer offering major online discounts this week. Walmart’s online savings event kicked off Sunday and run through Thursday. The retailer is quick to point out there’s no membership needed. Target is also offering big discounts through Wednesday with its “deal days” event. MORE NEWS: 16-Year-Old Boy Gunned Down In North Philadelphia: PoliceCBS News compiled a list of Amazon Prime Day deals, click here for more information.
    President Joe Biden delivered remarks from Statuary Hall to mark the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2022 in Washington, DC. In a piece titled "Give Biden a Break," Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank makes the case that Democrats' harsh critiques of President Biden aren't actually grounded in fact. After citing a series of articles in which Democrats have anonymously criticized Biden for not meeting the moment, Milbank says there's just one problem with the unfavorable assessments: "Biden has been saying—heatedly and repeatedly—exactly that which he is accused of avoiding." It's true that the White House's response to the Supreme Court's radical decision overturning Roe has been mostly lackluster. The administration should have been better prepared to more forcefully counter a decision we all knew was coming, both rhetorically and from a policy standpoint. Last week, Biden did finally come out in favor of an abortion carve-out for the Senate filibuster, which helps provide Democrats with a midterm rallying cry but still doesn't plug the leadership gap. And yet, Milbank had a point—Biden has...
    A family-run restaurant in Western Massachusetts has made the difficult decision to close after 34 years of service.  Fernandez Family Restaurant in Holyoke announced they will be officially closing their doors on Friday, July 22, the family said on Facebook.  The family thanked their loyal clientele for supporting them through "uncertain times" and said this was not an easy decision.  "This is a bittersweet time for us, as this has become our second home and to many that have walked through our doors, generation after generation," the family said. "Thank you for letting us be a part of this amazing community."  Faithful customers expressed their sadness over the announcement in the comments section of the post. One wrote, "Every time we traveled back to MA from SC, this was a mandatory stop for us! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors." "What a legacy," another Facebook user said. "We wish you all the best. And thank you for your dedication to and support of so many in the City of Holyoke throughout the years."  While the Fernandez...
    Yellowstone National Park was forced to close all entrances to visitors this week, after heavy rainfall and snowmelt caused massive flooding to sweep through the area, ripping through roads, bridges, and homes. More than 10,000 people were ordered to evacuate the nation’s oldest national park. As of yesterday, there have been no major injuries or deaths reported, officials said. The damage, however, is extensive and could take years to repair. “Because initial damage assessments are ongoing, the [National Park Service] does not yet have an estimate on when Yellowstone will fully reopen nor are preliminary costs for repairs and recovery available,” NPS said in a statement. Yellowstone had just celebrated its 150th anniversary in March, the Associated Press notes, and was nearing its busiest season when the floods hit. While an official reopening date has not been set, officials said three out of the five park entrances are “targeted for reopening as early as next week.” Here are some of the most dramatic videos and photos from the disaster: Current conditions of Yellowstone’s North Entrance Road through the Gardner Canyon between...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The number of detected illegal entries into the European Union in the first five months of 2022 was more than 86,000, or 82% more than in the same period in 2021, the agency monitoring the EU’s external borders said Monday. Crossings in May alone numbered some 23,500 — 75% up from May last year, according to preliminary data released by Frontex. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency said that the figure did not include refugees from almost four months of war in Ukraine, whose number it pegged at some 5.5 million. They are authorized to enter the EU. The routes taken most often by irregular migrants are through the Western Balkans, which accounted for almost 41,000 crossings, mostly migrants from Syria and Afghanistan, and through the Central and Eastern Mediterranean, where Egyptians, Bangladeshis, Tunisians, Nigerians and Congolese are common. The figures show the number of entries and do not take account of the fact that sometimes the same person makes multiple attempts. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This...
    (CBS4)– Following last year’s record-setting rafting season, Colorado is on track for another one. According to the Colorado River Outfitters Association, last week’s late-season snow combined with cooler temperatures and additional storms in the forecast are contributing to conditions that could benefit the rafting season. (credit: Getty Images) In 2021, there were record-breaking visitor numbers for river rafting. This year, the Colorado River Outfitters Association is predicting a return to a “normal” rafting season with demand and water flows. This season is predicted to run through the late summer on most rivers throughout Colorado. “We predict that river flows this summer will be perfect for families to get out and discover a new favorite adventure together,” said David Costlow, Colorado River Outfitters Association’s Executive Director, in a statement. Based on current conditions, CROA forecasts the following outlook for rivers across the state: Western Slope (Taylor & Animas): Lower water levels may hit earlier than normal, but outfitters are expecting great family runs through mid-August and perhaps later. (credit: Getty Images) Colorado River: Flows are currently...
    Tom Merton | Ojo Images | Getty Images With summer around the corner, the wealthy are preparing their lists of elevating beach reads. And this year, their Goyard tote bags are likely to be filled with books about innovation, technology and Greek gods. J.P. Morgan Private Bank on Tuesday announced its 23rd annual Summer Reading List, which has become the seasonal "it list" of literary status symbols for the ultra-wealthy. The bank, whose clients typically have $10 million or more, sorts through hundreds of recommendations from client advisors for nonfiction books and narrows it down to 10 titles. The selection is based on "timeliness, quality and global appeal to the firm's global client base." Of course, most of the uber-wealthy will be staring at their stock screens all summer. But book-wise, they're looking to learn more about tech, the planet and the past. "This year's list spans terrain and time and seeks to double-click on themes our advisors are hearing most in their client conversations this year, including sustainability, leadership and business transformation, technological innovation, expansion of cultural perspectives, and...
    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne probably need to do a double take when he saw quarterback Mac Jones. Bourne noted that Jones is lacking something he brought with him when he arrived in New England as a first-round draft pick out of Alabama last year. “His stomach is gone and he looks really good,” Bourne laughed following Monday’s organized team activity on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium. “He’s definitely a pro’s pro now. “When you’re a rookie, you just don’t know it until you go through it for a year. So he’s definitely a lot more in shape than he ever was. He’s just dominating in conditioning, and it’s just dope to see. So he’ll just be able to endure more in a game and go through more.” According to Jones, conditioning is an area he’s prioritized following a rookie season that saw him throw for 3,801 yards and 22 touchdowns (with 13 interceptions) while leading his team to 10 regular-season wins and a playoff berth. “I think every year you want to...
    Massachusetts health officials said Wednesday they confirmed the first case of monkeypox in the United States for 2022. An adult man who recently traveled to Canada has been diagnosed with the rare viral infection and is hospitalized in isolation but in "good condition," the Massachusetts Department of Public Health said. The case does not pose a risk to the general public. MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK IN US: WHAT TO KNOW The flu-like illness, which typically lasts two to four weeks, is most common in parts of central and western Africa, where people can be exposed through bites or scratches from rodents and small mammals. Those with the illness typically develop a rash on their face and body. Since the beginning of May, cases have been identified in the United Kingdom, Spain, and Portugal. So far, nine cases have been confirmed in the U.K. Two cases of monkeypox, one in Maryland and one in Texas, were detected in the U.S. in 2021. Both people had recently traveled to Nigeria. Though the virus is not easily passed from...
    As April rolls to a close, one of the most celebrated holidays of the year is coming up. April 20 (4/20) is a magical day celebrating all the wonderful things about weed. Fortunately, the country has slowly changed its harsh views on cannabis to ones with a much chiller vibe. While recreational marijuana is not yet legal in every state, the radically changing legislation around the country has, at the very least, partially softened the enduring stigma and has caused the entire cannabis industry to grow rapidly. From good stoner shows to binge-watch on the big day to even better stoner snacks, there are more weed items than ever before that are worth adding to your 4/20 lineup. To spark up under the most ideal conditions (i.e. on 4/20), you’ll need the right kind of cannabis tools, shows, music, and of course, food to satisfy your hunger when those munchies strike. And, considering how much you won’t want to have to run out and get things during 4/20 itself (once you light up, your motivation is likely to fade), there...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – If you feel like Pittsburgh hasn’t seen a lot of sun this year, you wouldn’t be wrong. READ MORE: Inflation Impact: Tips On Saving MoneyWe’re almost 100 days into 2022, but a small number of those days have had any sun. Since the start of the year, Pittsburgh has seen four days that were either sunny or mostly sunny. Forty-six days have been partly cloudy and 48 have been mostly cloudy to overcast. READ MORE: Feds Searching For Fugitive Mom And Missing Baby Last Seen In Erie CountySo far, out of the 98 days we’ve made it through, more than half have had measurable rain. The next few days aren’t looking too promising. An area of low pressure is swinging through Friday, bringing the chance for showers. Falling temperatures will switch the rain to a wintry mix lasting through most of Saturday with highs only in the mid-40s. Sunday morning will be a cold start with snow showers, though there will be little to no accumulation expected. Highs...
    THE 2022 hurricane season could prove to be the seventh above-normal season in a row if this forecast is correct. Dr Philip Klotzbach and his team at Colorado State University are predicting another 19 named storms this year. He expects there will be nine hurricanes and four major hurricanes. 4A Flashflood in NYC during Hurricane ElsaCredit: NYPD 4Dr Philip Klotzbach and his team predict 19 named storms this yearCredit: AP In total, there have been 70 named storms over the past three years. Klotzbach is a member of the CSU Tropical Weather and Climate Research team. In his findings, he details the main reason for this unprecedented streak of activity. Marginal La Nina, or cooler than normal Pacific waters near the equator, and warmer than average waters in the Atlantic Ocean are the major factors for the rise in storms, according to Klotzbach. His findings also suggest that there will be a well above normal chance of a hurricane hitting Florida and Georgia. More Weather StoriesSTORM'S EYE Moment tornado blasts through Mississippi as more severe weather to lash SouthTWISTER TERROR...
    Bill Oxford | E+ | Getty Images The IRS has issued more than 45 million tax refunds worth almost $152 billion in total, as of March 11, the agency reported Friday. Nearly half of Americans expect refunds this season, according to a Capital One report, providing a needed financial boost for a large percentage of filers.  The average payment is currently $3,352 through March 11, $537 larger than last year's $2,815, but it may still change with four weeks until the April 18 deadline.More from Smart Tax Planning:Here's a look at more tax-planning news. IRS may tax NFTs, crypto differently. Here's a look Why your refund may be smaller this year Kiss tax breaks for unemployment benefits goodbye The latest filing season statistics come amid a tough period for the IRS, which is still digging out from tens of millions of unprocessed individual returns from last year.   While the agency issues most refunds within 21 days, several factors may cause delays, including paper-filed returns, payments by mail, errors or returns affected by identity theft. "We urge extra attention...
    Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than two million Ukrainians have left their country in order to escape Vladimir Putin’s bombs and bullets. One of them is 19-year-old Diana Totok, who is now in neighboring Romania — and Totok has been filming the events with her smartphone and posting them on TikTok so that future generations can see what she has lived through. Totok told The Guardian, “It feels just like a horror movie, and I don’t know — filming is just one of the ways I can just put everything that’s going on in my mind, like, in order.” The Guardian’s Matilda Boseley, in an article published on March 11, notes, “Two weeks earlier, the 19-year-old’s biggest worry had been making a good impression at her new internship.” But that was before Russian forces attacked Mykolaiv, Ukraine, where she lived with her mother, Svetlana Totok, her 17-year-old sister Darina Totok and her father, who is a pastor. The father is still in Ukraine, while Diana, Svetlana and Darina Totok are in Romania — and one of...
    The IRS and state tax agencies have programs to help taxpayers prepare returns. Here, Robert Smith from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance assists Geraldine Gruenthal, of Levittown, New York, at a free tax preparation session in Bellmore, New York on April 1, 2017.Newsday Llc | Newsday | Getty Images This tax season could help give many individuals and families access to more generous tax credits, thanks to temporary changes put in place through the American Rescue Plan. The catch is you have to file a tax return. That may be a challenge for individuals who do not typically file. Research New York University conducted in coordination with the IRS finds that promoting free tax-preparation services can help increase filing rates, which can also lead to more new filers claiming benefits such as the earned income tax credit or child tax credit. "It seems so simple that if a benefit is administered through the tax code....you need to file, but that's a critical barrier," said Tatiana Homonoff, associate professor at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate...
    (CNN)Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, a leading conservative Republican and veteran of the Senate, is expected to announce in the coming days that he will cut short his six-year term and retire near the end of 2022, according to a person familiar with the matter.Inhofe, 87, is a defense hawk who serves as the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He is also a former chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, where he drew the ire of environmentalists over his denunciations of climate change as a "hoax."Inhofe, whose Senate career started after his 1994 victory, won reelection as recently as 2020, and had already planned to make his current term his last. But his resignation would likely spark a furious GOP battle for a seat to represent one of the nation's most conservative states.If Inhofe makes his announcement by March 1, he'll trigger an election this November for his successor to serve for the rest of his term through 2026. A number of Oklahoma Republicans are viewed as potential contenders for the seat, including Governor Kevin...
    Tax Day is just around the corner. This year, it falls on Monday, April 18, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until the very last second to file. In fact, if you're looking to get a jump start on filing your 2021 taxes this year, you could actually score a ton of deals, many of which are available now. Scroll through below to find out how to save on filing your taxes this year with deals and coupon codes. Turbo Tax: Save up to an additional $20 on online federal products through 2/21/22. TurboTax Shop at TurboTax$ TaxAct: 20% off Your Online Federal Tax Filing with CODE: TY21MAFFILIATE20POFF through 8/15/22. TaxACTShop at TaxACT$ TaxSlayer: Up to 35% Off on Federal Filing valid through Tax Day (April 18, 2022). TaxSlayerShop at Taxslayer$ Scouted selects products independently and prices reflect what was available at the time of publish. Prices are accurate at the time of publication, but are subject to change. Sign up for our newsletter for more recommendations and deals. If you buy something from...
    THE Queen has been seen driving through Sandringham just days before she marks 70 years on the throne this weekend. Her Majesty, 95, was driven away from Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk to feed her horses in nearby stables on Thursday. 3The Queen was seen driving through Sandringham on Thursday morningCredit: Geoff Robinson On Sunday, the monarch will mark 70 years since she became Queen at the age of 25. She was yesterday was spotted in the back seat of a Range Rover as she left the farm where she is staying for the next few weeks. Her Majesty normally wears a headscarf when she goes on local drives but, was yesterday unusually seen without her head attire. The Queen arrived in Sandringham almost two weeks ago, a month after her Christmas visit to Norfolk was cancelled. She has travelled at least twice to Sandringham since Philip's death last April but this is her first extended stay. The monarch usually stays at her country estate until Feb 6, which is the anniversary of her father’s death. Most read in LifestyleOH MY POD! Joe Rogan...
    Girl Scout Cookie Season, called the world’s largest entrepreneurial program for girls, kicked off this week, and there’s a new cookie box in the mix. You can get Girl Scout Cookies through DoorDash this year. More Food and Restaurant News More Business News The new Adventurefuls cookie is “an indulgent brownie-inspired cookie” with caramel-flavored creme and a hint of sea salt. Meet the Girl Scouts’ new cookie: Adventurefuls. (Courtesy Girl Scouts) The pandemic hasn’t kept the Girl Scouts and their cookie boxes down. For this year, councils are monitoring local data and mandates and adjusting sales whether digitally, in-person or both. During the past two years, Girl Scouts adapted selling methods to replace in-person cookie booths with contactless drive-through cookie stands, among other pivots. “In 2021, Girl Scouts created new ways to be successful in their cookie business … We are inspired by the resilience and ingenuity of Girl Scouts and cannot wait to see the girl-led innovations in the 2022 Girl Scout Cookie Program,” said Judith Batty, interim GSUSA CEO. No co-workers with daughters selling cookies? No...
    Mel B has dedicated her MBE for her work with domestic violence charity Women's Aid to other people who suffered in abusive relationships. The Spice Girl, 46, was named in the New Year Honours for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women, and she declared: 'This, for me, was all about them'. Mel said receiving the accolade made her 'incredibly proud' as she remembered all the women she had met during her work and to her late father. Notable achievement: Mel B has dedicated her MBE for her work with domestic violence charity Women's Aid to other women who suffered in abusive relationships Speaking to The Sun about learning she had received the honour, she said: 'I thought about all the women I've met over the past few years who have been through terrible situations, women who have died, women who are still suffering.  'This, for me, was all about them. It still is.' She continued: 'Receiving that letter telling me about the MBE . . . it was the first time I thought that I'd done something. RELATED ARTICLES ...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- COVID-19 infections are hurtling through families, communities and workplaces and many people get infected when they least expect it.Jenna Stewart of Topanga, who owns Canyon Adventure Vans, believes she contracted COVID at a small holiday gathering."My guard was down because I was triple vaxxed," she said.Now Stewart, her family and nearly her entire staff has tested positive for the virus."Our whole team is out. There's only three of 12 of us who have tested negative consistently," she said.Despite shortened quarantined times, Stewart is keeping everyone apart, asking employees to test negative before they come back to work. The omicron variant makes up more than half of the active COVID cases in California.Los Angeles County is now seeing more than 20,000 new COVID cases a day. Working adults are responsible for driving up most of the cases."Adults aged 18 to 49 are most likely to get COVID and therefore spread COVID to others," said Barbara Ferrer, the director of L.A. County's Department of Public Health.Pediatric cases continue to rise nationwide. Nearly 380 sick children are being admitted...
    Now just imagine if 68% of Americans continued this thee-before-me trend past the holiday season and into 2022 and beyond. God calls us to be our brother's keeper — and what better way to demonstrate God's love to others than to put them ahead of ourselves? Galatians 6:2 says, "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Philippians 2:3-4 instructs, " ... [I]n humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Romans 12:10 adds, "Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Matthew 5:42 says, "Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you." Much like how many holiday interactions dictate, what if all of God's children continued to give beyond the season without even having been asked? No one is meant to go through this life alone, and God calls us to be in constant communion...
    Bay Area residents prepared for a soggy commute Thursday morning as lingering showers continued to soak the region, capping off more than a week of wet weather and snowstorms in the Lake Tahoe region. Another storm is in the forecast for this weekend, with chances of rain all of next week and more snow forecast in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A quick-moving, weak storm swept through the North Bay on Wednesday night, dropping up to three quarters of an inch in San Jose and the Santa Clara Valley. By Thursday morning, the “moderate to briefly heavy” rainfall continued through the Santa Cruz Mountains and into the South Bay, according to the National Weather Service. As of 6:30 a.m., 24-hour precipitation totals included: 3.11 inches at Ben Lomond, 2.68 inches at Boulder Creek, 3.11 inches at Middle Peak on Mount Tamalpais, 0.74 inches at the Oakland International Airport, 0.72 inches in downtown San Francisco, 0.69 inches in Redwood City and 0.08 inches in San Jose. Thursday is expected to be partly cloudy in the Bay Area with temperatures in the high...
    BOSTON (CBS) – The US Postal Service says Wednesday is the last day to send things regular mail to have it arrive by Christmas. It’s the busiest time of the year for the USPS, but workers say they are up for the challenge. Just as the rest of city begins to settle down for the night, the busy shift clocks in at the Boston Processing and Distribution Center. The entire system is a well-oiled machine – but still each year presents new trends and some challenges. READ MORE: Flag Burned, Cars And High School Vandalized In Needham“We’re busy year-round but during this season our volume is probably about one and a half times what it is the rest of the year,” said USPS communication specialist Steve Doherty. That’s a whole lot of envelopes and packages, when you really consider just how much mail these machines are designed to handle every single day. “Twenty-four-hour operation,” Doherty said. “The machines keep moving, the mail keeps flying. Especially this time of year. READ MORE: Massachusetts Medical Society Calls...
    TUCSON, Ariz. — John Mara’s reaction to the 2021 Giants season will be defined by his perspective on it and his expectations for it. If the team president still genuinely believes that he fielded a playoff-worthy roster this fall, then he would presumably view this 4-8 team as underachieving. If he believes that, blowing it all up again would be on the table for the Giants team practicing here all week at the University of Arizona ahead of Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers. But if Mara is realistic, and if he comes to grips with this year’s roster still being grossly incomplete, then he will re-commit to this rebuild and exercise patience with head coach Joe Judge and this fledgling program. And I do believe Mara, for all of his recent missteps, sees the value of staying true to the course that he himself set for this organization in Jan. 2020 with his out-of-the-box hiring of Judge. This is the same owner who oversaw two Super Bowl runs in five years between 2007...
    (CNN)Edwina Brocklesby, 78, is a person that once you have met, you'll never forget -- and that's not because of her fluffy red locks or colorful nails. Nicknamed the 'IronGran,' Brocklesby is the oldest British woman to have completed an IRONMAN: the world's toughest triathlon challenge comprising of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a full 26.2-mile marathon."I have done 10 Ironman so far and finished six of them," Edwina Brocklesby tells CNN Sport. "I would love to do another Ironman if possible." Ideally, she says, it would be in Lanzarote, which has always been Brocklesby's favorite place to train."The water is crystal clear ... the routes of the bike just take you through all the beautiful parts of the island. The run is always fun. You're going past the bars late at night and, you know, another lap of the run and ... the disc jockey plays 'Don't Stop Me Now' every time I come through," she added.Read MoreEdwina Brocklesby and Serpentine Golden Girls at RAAM 2019 (credit: Paul Allsop)Not that Brocklesby has any intentions to stop....
    James Bond may have found a mission even he can’t complete.  Despite becoming the highest grossing Hollywood film this year, No Time To Die could reportedly lose up to $100million (£75million).  The film, which marked Daniel Craig’s final outing as 007, grossed more than £545million at the global box office to become the best performing film since the start of the pandemic.  But at a reported cost of more than £187million to produce, at least £75million to promote and an alleged tens of millions more to postpone, it would have needed to make close to £673million to break even, according to Variety magazine.  Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and James Bond (Daniel Craig) star in No Time To Die As a result it reportedly looks set to lose £75million.  Metro Goldwyn Mayer, the studio behind the film, vehemently denied the claims.  ‘Unnamed and uninformed sources suggesting the film will lose money are categorically unfounded and put more simply, not true,’ a statement read.  MGM said the film had ‘far exceeded our theatrical estimates in this time frame’ and claimed it ‘will earn...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New Yorkers will get to party like it's 2019 this New Year's Eve, as revelers can once again pour into Times Square to ring in 2022.Public gatherings are expected to be allowed once again at the Crossroads of the World, but attendees will need to follow a few precautions to celebrate."I can give you something broad at this moment, but more details are going to be announced tomorrow on the specifics," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday. "We want to have a great New Year's Eve celebration in this city. This city has been through so much. This has been a heroic city fighting through COVID. We are turning the corner. We've got a lot to celebrate. It's going to be a big moment in Times Square on New Years Eve. How it's going to work, we are going to announce the details tomorrow."Revelers are expected to prove they are fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID test."We expect a large, wonderful celebration," de Blasio said. "We are going to have some clear,...
    BOSTON (CBS) — SNOW. A seemingly innocuous 4 letter word. READ MORE: 'Know Your Rights,' Travel Expert Warns Of Possible Flight Delays, Cancellations During HolidaysAlso, likely the easiest way to get a New Englander’s attention this time of year and not to mention clicks on a website. NO, this is not some cheap ploy to get you to click on my blog. For the first time this year, there really is SNOW in the forecast. Let me just start by saying we aren’t forecasting a snowstorm by any means, no need to rush out to the supermarket or dig out the snow shovels. This is more of a “first flakes alert” for those eager to see some white stuff before the real stuff arrives (no timetable on that just yet). We have a few chances in the coming days to see flakes, let’s break down the best times and locations should you want to go snow chasing. (WBZ-TV Graphic) Saturday Night: READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Is Another Relief Payment On The Way?A quick moving frontal system sweeps...
    Sure, it may feel like it was just only yesterday that we were bracing our wallets in anticipation of another epic Amazon Prime Day sale, but the week-long Black Friday and Cyber Monday (also known as "Turkey Five" and "Deals Week" by the way) extravaganza is apparently already here. Black Friday sales seem to start earlier and earlier every year, and this year many brands and retailers have taken note and launched their sale events way early. Alas, early Black Friday deals 2021 are here, so there's no need to wait until the post-Thanksgiving day madness to score on some stellar deals and get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping list. Of course, with the supply chain issues at top of mind this year, shopping these pre-holiday sales early will give you a good chance at making sure your gifts arrive on time too. Amazon started their early Black Friday deals back in the end of October, and they're expected to go through the beginning of December, while cult-favorite cookware brand Our Place has marked down the Internet-famous Always...
    NASA's Lucy mission will launch this week, starting a 12 year journey through the solar system that will include a swing-by of eight different asteroids. The spaceship will be the first to tour the so-called Trojan asteroids that orbit Jupiter and are 'time capsules from the birth of our Solar System,' according to NASA scientists from the Goddard Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The $981 million (£715 million) mission takes its name from the fossilised human ancestor, named 'Lucy' by her discovers, whose skeleton provided unique insights into our evolution. NASA says the Lucy space mission will revolutionise our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system, giving insight into planetary evolution. It is scheduled to launch on Saturday, October 16 at 05:34 ET (10:34 BST) on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.  It also carries a plaque that includes quotes from the likes of Carl Sagan, Albert Einstein and the Beatles.  NASA's Lucy mission will launch this week, starting a 12 year journey through the solar system...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Maryland Zoo announced that “Zoo Lights” will return this holiday season. Beginning Friday, Nov. 19 through Jan 2, 2022, more than 80 light displays with 150,000 LED lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. READ MORE: 'He's An Extremely Lucky Individual': Home Explosion In Edgewood Leaves Man Seriously Injured“Last year we were overwhelmed by the support from the public when we brought this festive event back to the Zoo after a very long hiatus,” stated Kirby Fowler, president & CEO of The Maryland Zoo. “This year we are very excited for the return of Zoo Lights as a holiday tradition, offering separate evenings to walk or drive through the holiday light displays here on grounds.” Zoo Lights will run from Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, guests will be on foot walking along a beautifully lit path. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, guests can experience Zoo Lights from their vehicles beginning at Eagle Gate and proceeding down Buffalo Yard Road. READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: When Will...
    (CNN)A record number of children crossed on foot the treacherous stretch of jungle between Colombia and Panama known as the Darien Gap this year: 19,000, half of whom were under 5 years old, according to UNICEF.The infamous 60-kilometer (37-mile) trek north brings migrants from Colombia to Panama -- a crucial passage out of South America for those hoping to reach the United States and Canada. Travelers trying to make it through -- many of them from Haiti -- have reported robberies, corpses, mutilations and rape in the dense forest along the route. The town where thousands of US-bound migrants came to a standstillFor children, the dangers are acute. At least five children have been found dead in the jungle, and more than 150 children ended up arriving in Panama without their parents, according to UNICEF, which has been working with other organizations and government agencies to assist migrants at both ends of the journey."We see a lot of children being separated from their parents during this horrendous trip, so when they arrive, they've been picked up by someone who...
    Spirit Airlines says New Jersey jet fire caused by large bird flying into engine Supreme Court pivots to abortion, guns, and death penalty as public approval slides Why This Year's CineEurope Attendees Have a Reason for Hope After a year in which it was postponed and then canceled altogether due to the pandemic, the physical edition of the CineEurope trade show in Spain is back. Among the execs who will be hitting the halls of the Barcelona International Convention Centre in early October is Phil Clapp, a hugely respected figure who sits as head of the U.K. Cinema Association and president of Europe’s International Union of Cinemas. It’s been an almost indescribably tough 18 months for the exhibition world, but in discussing the U.K. experience since theaters reopened, Clapp offers a very welcome voice of hope. Not only did the crisis not lead to the existential threat so many were first fearing, he tells THR, but admissions are creeping back up to pre-COVID levels and, with No Time to Die on the horizon, exhibitors may finally see the incremental...
    DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: Last year, I reserved a tour through Paddywagon, an Irish tour operator. I prepaid $1,219 for a two-day Wild Atlantic Way tour of the Irish countryside. Christopher Elliott, the Travel Troubleshooter  We could not go because of the pandemic. I sent an email canceling the tour in May, more than 28 days before the tour started. Under the terms of the tour, we qualified for a full refund. Paddywagon acknowledged the cancellation immediately but has claimed ever since that they cannot issue a refund until they are allowed access to their offices in Dublin. I can see no reason that the company would not have access to their funds to issue a refund. I have emailed Paddywagon multiple times, and they always respond with the same excuse. Can you help? — Susan Danner, Healdsburg, Calif. ANSWER: Paddywagon should have refunded your tour quickly, as promised. By the time you contacted me, the company had been holding your money for nearly a year. That’s way too long, even in a pandemic. Before I continue, I want to acknowledge...
    In a prolonged medical nightmare beginning with repeated resuscitation at birth, 2-year-old Grayson Hunziker has been diagnosed with everything from a rare form of diabetes to an optic nerve deficiency portending blindness to cerebral palsy to an underdeveloped brain whose scans make his mother think of the Apple icon. “It looks like somebody just took a big bite out of his brain,” his 22-year-old mother, Makayla Hunziker, told The Daily Beast. But despite multiple surgeries, along with countless tests and needles and tubes, Grayson maintained an unusually sunny disposition from the very start. And he kept smiling through it all, even as he suffered additional disorders such as rapid onset obesity, which caused him to go from 40 pounds to 85 pounds in the first half of 2021. He also had problems with his hypothalamus, which modulates blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature, among other things. “The control center,” his mother noted. And with the smile came a determined spirit. One doctor said Grayson would never be able to self-support sitting up, but he did exactly that the very...
    OAK LAWN, Ill. (CBS) — Summerlike temperatures persist this last September, but there are fall-like feels in the suburbs – where some haunted houses are preparing to open this week. Yes, spooky season is upon us. But as CBS 2’s Lauren Victory shared from Oak Lawn, those frightening attractions take year-round preparation. READ MORE: At Least 9 People Killed, 47 Wounded So Far In Chicago Weekend Gun Violence; 3-Year-Old Boy Among Survivors It was sunny and 80 degrees outside when Victory visited, but the goal inside “Midnight Terror” is to chill you to the bone. “You’re kind of menacing them as they come through here,” said general manager Japes Palles, coaching one of his actors. He improvised a scary scene specifically for our camera. “Go from small to big,” he told a young woman crouched above our heads and dressed in a horrifying costume. The run-through is a good opportunity to give pointers to his crew ahead of Midnight Terror’s opening on Friday, Sept. 24. “Make sure you’re using your hands and kind of getting ratty,” Palles instructs Jonathan Garcia,...
    The pandemic may be forcing people to pare down celebrations this year, but Cedric the Entertainer says he's still excited to host the Emmy Awards on Sunday. Unlike last year, the live ceremony will be held in person with a limited number of nominees present. "Television got us through this last year," Cedric told CBSN on Thursday, adding, "Everybody started binge-watching everything. And it was something we trusted, and so I think that that's what we should honor this night. So I want to have fun with the people who are there, being celebrated, being honored, all those who are being nominated — we just going to make it a party, and I want the people at home to feel the same way about it." How to watch the 2021 Emmy Awards The star and executive producer of the CBS sitcom "The Neighborhood" is hosting the awards show for the first time. He teased some of the surprises he has in store. "I got some really fun skits that we created," Cedric said. While pandemic-related restrictions did not allow...
    Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the rest of the season. Major League Baseball and the players’ association extended his administrative leave Friday through the end of the World Series. Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave July 2 under the MLB and players’ union’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy after a Southern California woman said he choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters earlier this year. MLB and the union have since agreed to several extensions. The decision to extend the leave through the rest of the season had been expected, given that Bauer had not pitched since June 29 and was running out of time to get back in shape to return to the mound while games remained. The regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3 and the minimum ramp-up time for pitchers is generally regarded as three weeks. Bauer’s representatives issued a statement Friday saying he had agreed to extend his administrative leave through the playoffs “in a...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When Minkah Fitzpatrick takes the field this season for the Steelers, he’ll be looking to tackle his opponents, which in turn will help tackle problems for abused and neglected children. The Steelers safety has announced a pledge that will benefit foster children that will go along with his play on the field this season. Fitzpatrick says he is pledging $39 per tackle and turnover he makes this season, with proceeds to benefit foster children through KidsVoice. This season, I’m pledging $39 for every tackle I make and turnover I force to help foster children through @KidsVoicePA. Join me by pledging any amount: https://t.co/9ZkjB24TiM — Minkah Fitzpatrick (@minkfitz_21) September 5, 2021 KidsVoice is an organization that advocates in both the courts and in the community to help provide a safe and permanent home for nearly 3,000 children each year. Last year, Fitzpatrick recorded 79 tackles and 4 interceptions,
    Scott Frost has not brought Nebraska football back to glory like expected, but a massive buyout may save him from being fired this season. Coming back to Lincoln as Cornhuskers’ head coach after leading UCF to a 13-0 season in 2017, Scott Frost was supposed to lead Nebraska football back to glory. A 4-8 campaign in his first season was an easy mulligan, chalked up as a building year. But that was followed by a 5-7 mark in 2019, and a 3-5 mark in last year’s abbreviated season. Then came Saturday’s 2021 season-opening loss to Illinois, with a score (30-22) that didn’t really reflect the margin the Cornhuskers were beaten by. Naturally, the heat has been turned up on Frost. Nebraska brought back another star from the better days of the football program this offseason, with Trev Alberts coming in as the new athletic director after Bill Moos suddenly retired. Moos hired Frost.  An NCAA investigation into “improper use of analysts” and “unauthorized off-campus workouts” looms over Frost now too. Nebraska football: Will a huge buyout save Scott Frost?A 12-21...
    American Airlines has extended its ban on alcohol in the main cabin through 2022.  The airline on Thursday announced that it will not resume alcohol service for the main cabin - which was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic - until January 18, 2022.  'We are doing all we can to help create a safe environment for our crew and customers onboard our aircraft,' American said in an internal memo obtained by NBC News. The memo emerged after it was revealed the Federal Aviation Administration has issued a total of $1million in fines this year against unruly passengers after receiving nearly 3,900 reports of incidents since January.  The FAA has proposed fines against 80 passengers so far, including one JetBlue customer who was hit with the heaviest fine of $45,000 for hurling objects at passengers and putting his head up a flight attendant's skirt on May 24.  Of the incidents, which were detailed by federal investigators for the first time, nearly two-thirds involved passengers accused of violating the federal transportation-wide mask mandate.   American Airlines extended its ban on alcohol in...
    Apple TV + recently announced that the long-awaited adaptation of the Foundation sci-fi saga would arrive in September. The Serie, based on the book series of the same name by Isaac Asimov It is perhaps the most ambitious project on the platform. But he’s not the only one. The Cupertino streaming service has decided to devote considerable effort to enhancing its content. Since its launch, Apple TV + has been criticized on several occasions for its limited catalog material, which is about to change. Since the renewal of its emblematic series, to new major projects. Apple TV + will bet on high-end production during the last months of 2021. The maneuver seeks to shore up not only its growing prestige as a creator of quality content, but also to consolidate its place in the market. We tell you what are the main series and programs that Apple TV + will bring in the coming months: Ted Lasso is renewed, Apple TV + celebrates his great success The platform’s most beloved (and well-known) series just premiered its second...
    (CNN)Halfway into a challenging school year of teaching second graders in-person with coronavirus safety protocols, a Massachusetts teacher fell ill with Covid-19.When Amie Gilbert got sick in mid-January, vaccines were unavailable to most teachers in the state. A few of her students at Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster also got sick, according to the school's principal.Flu-like symptoms kept her out of school for two weeks. But the long-term effects of Covid-19 continue to plague her almost eight months later, Gilbert said."There's no hazard pay [for] being in person with kids, but this is a hazardous situation. This is not the norm," she said, referring to the pandemic. "I made that choice to be in person with my students. I'm glad I did."Gilbert, 50, who comes from a long line of teachers in her family, loves what she does.Read More"I want to be there for these children. I'm going back in again," she said. "But I am putting myself at risk because I love my students and there's a consequence to it. I want people to see how much teachers...
    Vega, 47, mother of four and grandmother to 10 and longtime healthcare worker, died on July 13 of complications from the virus The family of a beloved mother, grandmother who died last week in Arizona from coronavirus complications has reconsidered their anti-vax stance and now wants the shots. Fernanda Vega, 47, mother of four and grandmother to 10 - a longtime healthcare worker - died on July 13 of complications from the virus. Her grieving husband, Ysmael Vega, is now looking to get the entire family vaccinated after previously refusing the shot due to anti-vax sentiments regarding the vaccine's potential side effects. 'With what I have experienced, I don’t want to go through this again. I do not,' he told Fox 10 Phoenix of the painful loss of his wife, who he described as his 'rock' and 'the foundation' of the family. 'Everybody went to her for whatever. She took so much on.'    Fernanda Vega and her son, one of four children and ten grandchildren the 47-year-old left behind upon her July 13 passing due to coronavirus ...
    President Biden's climate czar John Kerry was caught maskless in an airport, in the second mask mishap he’s had this year. Kerry can be seen going through security sans mask at the Boston Logan International Airport on Monday morning in photos published Wednesday by the Washington Free Beacon. The photos were snapped around 11:41 this morning, according to the source who took the pictures. JOHN KERRY CAUGHT MASKLESS ON FLIGHT, AMERICAN AIRLINES ‘LOOKING INTO’ APPARENT COVID VIOLATION A spokeswoman for the airport told the publication that masks are required "any time someone is inside the airport or on an aircraft," including while going through security, per TSA mandate. The TSA declined to give a comment to the Free Beacon regarding Kerry specifically going through the area maskless but said the mask requirement is still in effect and "applies to all passengers, save for those specifically exempted in the security directive," such as children under two years of age and people with medical reasons as to why they can’t wear a mask. The White House did not respond to Fox News'...
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