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    Private individuals are also participating in the new law. According to CNN, one private resident has donated posters for Keller ISD, also near Forth Worth. The law was initially proposed by Sen. Bryan Hughes, a Republican from East Texas. So far, he's been pleased with the results. "The national motto, In God We Trust, asserts our collective trust in a sovereign God," Hughes wrote on Twitter earlier this week. Bill co-sponsor Tom Oliverson, a Houston-area Republican state representative, is likewise optimistic about the displays. "We just felt like it was a great opportunity to display our national motto in our public schools," Oliverson said. "This was a idea I had after seeing something similar happen in a couple different states." Oliverson also told reporters that the public response he has received regarding the bill has been positive, according to Chron. However, the bill has some vocal detractors. The Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition has openly expressed its disapproval with the measure. "SARC is disturbed by the precedent displaying these posters in every school will set and the chilling effect this blatant...
    HOMEOWNERS have shared the terrifying discovery they made after clearing out their garage in their new house. Hidden inside a dusty plastic bag was several pieces of a broken skull – sparking sinister theories that it could be human remains. 2The homeowners discovered the broken skull in a plastic bagCredit: Reddit 2Users on Reddit questioned why the previous tenant owned the creepy skeletal remainsCredit: Reddit The creepy find was posted to Reddit’s popular Oddly Terrifying Thread and was overwhelmed with responses from concerned users. The original post wrote: “Bought a house one month ago, was cleaning the garage when I found this in a plastic bag.”    Many quickly posed suggestions that the bones could be the remains of a murder victim and should be presented to police.   One terrified user wrote: “You might want to check with the authorities on this one.” While a second wrote: “I mean you called the cops right?” Meanwhile, others pointed out that he skull, thought to be human, was likely used as teaching aid for fields such as phrenology, craniology and archaeology....
    Dr. Erica Anderson is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience and a former board member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). Her private practice has specialized in treating transgender and gender-questioning youth. H.H.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, Admiral Rachel Levine raised eyebrows last month by declaring that 'no argument' exists among medical professionals who care for adolescents 'regarding the value and the importance of gender-affirming care.' That's just not true. Author, Dr. Erica Anderson is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of experience There is legitimate argument over these treatments, which are defined by the World Health Organization as a range of social, psychological, behavioral, and medical interventions 'designed to support and affirm an individual's gender identity' when it conflicts with the gender they were assigned at birth. For instance, despite what the staunchest defenders of gender-affirming care say some of these treatments, like puberty blockers and hormone treatments, are not fully reversible in some cases. But I must write that I also sympathize with Dr. Levine. She likely sees it as her responsibility as...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Interview: US COVID czar says ‘we are all going to have a lot more vulnerability’ in fall without money for new shots. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    AGED just three, Anastasiya bravely tries to comfort her sobbing grand-mother after they were forced to flee for their lives in Ukraine. Pitifully, the child hugs Oleksandra Yakovleva as the pensioner tells of a shattered life and gut-wrenching goodbyes. 3Ukrainian grandmother Oleksandra Yakovleva tells of a shattered life as she is being comforted by her granddaughter, 3Credit: Chris Eades 3The retired librarian, 57, said: 'We waited for a new school for ten years then it was destroyed in a second. People were hiding in the basement when a rocket hit'Credit: Chris Eades 3 Retired librarian Oleksandra, 57, said: “We waited for a new school for ten years then it was destroyed in a second. People were hiding in the basement when a rocket hit. They were buried under rubble. “The headmaster was on the first floor and is now in a bad way. Others died. I was a librarian at the school for 26 years and had friends there. The day of the bombing, I was sheltering in a stadium. God blessed me.” In a draughty arrivals hall at Ukraine’s...
    Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX) said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the United States was in a “new cold war” with Russia. Discussing Russia gathering troops on its border with Ukraine, McCaul said, “I’m seeing tough rhetoric but not a lot of action. I talked to Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman prior to her negotiations that. You know, you have to put things on the table, like sanctions. You have to talk about more arms sales, weapon sales to Ukraine, and this Nord Stream.” He continued, “I think you’re going to see this play out very quickly. Rather than threatening after an invasion takes place, we ought to be providing deterrents before an invasion takes place. That’s my biggest criticism of the administration.” Anchor Jake Tapper asked, “Do you think we are in a new cold war with Russia?” McCaul said, “I do. I do because I think Putin again smells weakness here. He knows that if he’s ever going to invade Ukraine, now is the time. I hope he doesn’t make that miscalculation, but the fact is, if he...
    Crown Media Paul Greene on When Calls the Heart Paul Greene’s fiancee, Kate Austin, gave birth to a healthy baby boy in mid-December. Now the proud father and Hallmark star is sharing photos of his two-week-old baby for the world to see.Greene Said It Was a ‘Wild Ride’ Since Austin Was Two Weeks LateGreene, 47, shared a photo of Austin Greene at two weeks of age and said he and Kate Austin, 42, are “super duper in love.” Green wrote: “He’s such a good kid. We are in a baby bliss bubble of love, christmas meals and naps.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Paul Greene (@paulgreeneofficial) He said that Kate Austin is a “natural mama.” He added that the birth was a “wild ride” because Austin was born two weeks late. “Kate was in labor for a whopping 4 days… it was intense and so worth it. He’s healthy and happy as are we,” he said. Fans and colleagues chimed in to share their congratulations in reply to Greene’s post. Nikki DeLoach wrote, “Awww...
    Crowds will once again fill New York's Times Square this New Year's Eve, with proof of full COVID-19 vaccination required for revelers who want to watch the ball drop in person, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. 'We want it to be big, we want it to be full of life, we want it to be a great celebration,' de Blasio said at a news conference. 'A big, strong, full-strength celebration -- It's coming back, this New Year's Eve, everyone come on down! We're celebrating.' The mayor and his top aides then blew on kazoos to mark the announcement.  'Yes, we are proud to announce that Times Square, wonderful celebration in Times Square, the ball drop, everything, coming back full strength the way we love it,' de Blasio said.  Scroll down for video  Mayor Bill de Blasio blew a kazoo on Tuesday as he announced fully vaccinated revelers will be allowed to fill Times Square for the ball drop on New Year's Eve Last year there were mostly empty streets as officials told people to stay home and watch the...
    A southeastern portion of the Amazon rainforest changed from carbon sink to carbon source, according to a new U.N. report. A newly released U.N. climate change report revealed that not even pandemic lockdowns could combat rising greenhouse gas emissions. According to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, “the increase in CO2 from 2019 to 2020 was slightly lower than that observed from 2018 to 2019, but higher than the average annual growth rate over the last decade. This is despite the approximately 5.6% drop in fossil fuel CO2 emissions in 2020 due to restrictions related to the coronavirus disease pandemic.” Additional findings showed concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide well above pre-industrial era levels. The WMO defines this period as occurring prior to 1750, when “human activity began to be a destabilizing factor.” The pre-industrial period is considered a yardstick for combatting climate change. For example, the 2015 Paris Agreement requires signees to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.” That agreement was adopted six years ago at the U.N.’s annual climate conference by...
    Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday named physician and researcher Joseph Ladapo as state surgeon general.Photo by Ryan DaileyPhysician and researcher Joseph Ladapo was named Florida surgeon general on Tuesday, calling for being “done with fear” amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 51,000 of the state’s residents. Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference to introduce Ladapo, who has worked as an associate professor at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine but recently received a professorship at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Ladapo will replace former Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, whose final day in the job was Monday. During the news conference, Ladapo echoed themes that DeSantis has used during the pandemic, including saying people should be allowed to make choices about their health care and objecting to mandates and lockdowns. “We are done with fear,” Ladapo said. “That is something that, unfortunately, has been a center point of health policy here in the United States since the start of the pandemic. It’s over here.” Ladapo also contended that science has been misused and that vaccinations...
    President Joe Biden visited New York and New Jersey on Tuesday to view flood damage from Hurricane Ida that killed 52 in the Northeast – and warned that the nation was now experiencing extreme weather in 'real time.' Biden is meeting with state and local leaders and planning to tour devastation in the area, just days after visiting storm wracked neighborhoods near New Orleans and on the Louisiana Gulf coast.  'Every part of the country, every part of the country is getting hit by extreme weather,' Biden said Tuesday. 'We’re now living in real-time what the country’s going to look like,' mentioning disasters that have hit Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Idaho the Northeast, and other areas.  'We can’t turn it back very much, but we can prevent it from getting worse,' he said, referencing actions to deal with climate change. President Joe Biden is greeted by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy and others as he arrives for briefing about the impact of Hurricane Ida, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021, in Hillsborough Township, N.J. 'Climate change is here. We’re living through it now,'...
    Steer us, Boris WE are 17 days from freedom. You’d never know it from the Government’s inaction. Why are we still in the dark about exactly what the new rules are from July 19? No10 must tell us now — though for many firms it’s already too late to plan. 4Boris Johnson must tell us now what the new rules are from July 19 Frankly, why are we waiting at all? The “third wave” may already have peaked in some areas. And though infections nationwide have soared, deaths and hospitalisations, the only two crucial measures, are still very low. The jabs worked. The proof is everywhere. Let’s embrace it and get on with our lives. The uncertainty is crippling. Pubs, limping along with table service, could have been liberated by now. Imagine how many more pints they would sell during Saturday’s footie if so. Most of us are desperate for normality to resume. But what about all those who were terrified into fearing Covid — and still now vastly overestimate the risk? They must be reassured with the same...
    Tourism bosses in Portland have taken out a full-page advert in the New York Times admitting the riot-hit city has an 'edge' - but urging visitors to come anyway.   Travel Portland - a nonprofit which oversees the Oregon city's tourism marketing - referenced reports of far-left violence in the city in the ad.  It admits that much of what has been said about Portland - whose 50-strong riot squad resigned last week - was true, and that the city, which endures nightly riots, has an 'edge.'   ‘You’ve heard a lot about us lately,’ the NYT ad begins. ‘It’s been a while since you’ve heard from us.' ‘Some of what you’ve heard about Portland is true. Some is not. What’s most important is that we’re true to ourselves.' 'There's a river that cuts through the middle of our town. It divides the east and the west. But it's bridged - over and over again. Twelve times, to be specific. And that's kind of a great metaphor for this city.' The advert goes on to highlight Portland's problems - and implies that...
    Best Towable Tubes for a Thrilling Ride Worst Kept Secret: Survivors Share Details of Michigan Doctors Abuse, Bo Schembechlers Failure to Act © Thomas Niedermueller/Redferns Lorde performs at Germany's Southside festival in 2017. Thomas Niedermueller/Redferns Lorde released a new song titled "Solar Power" on Friday after teasing her return earlier this week. It's the lead single from her highly anticipated third album, the follow-up to 2017's "Melodrama." Here's everything we know about Lorde's new music, so far. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lorde has finally unleashed her first song since "Melodrama," her Grammy-nominated album that dropped almost exactly four years ago. The new single, titled "Solar Power," was surprise-released on Friday. She had teased the cover art on her website earlier this week, alongside the phrase, "Patience is a virtue." It's presumably the first taste of Lorde's forthcoming third album. Here are all the details we have so far about her new era of music.'Solar Power' is a beachy earworm produced by Jack AntonoffAntonoff is the most-trusted collaborator of both Lorde and her close...
    A series of attacks on random strangers is putting New Yorkers on edge.  Although assaults were commonplace in the 1980s, a crackdown on the crooks who perpetrated such crimes saw levels drop making neighborhoods that were previously known as no-go areas, safe to walk around, even at night. But now, areas of the city which were generally thought to be safe, such as Midtown Manhattan, Chelsea and the leafy Upper West Side, have been locations where people have been punched in the head for no reason at all.  Some are describing the assaults as proof of the return of the so-called 'knockout game.'  Police in January released surveillance video of a man sucker punching a Catholic deacon inside a Bronx subway station in January. The first of many random attacks of 2021 In March, a 68-year-old man was left bloodied in a racially motivated attack on the subway  Two men were beaten up in the Bronx recently while one woman was knocked to the ground outside an Upper West Side subway station. 'My friend was screaming, ran to...
    Senator Chuck Schumer declared New York City open on Friday as Coney Island's Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park welcomed back guests for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. The Senate Majority Leader and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio were on hand for the traditional 'Blessing of the Rides' ceremony in front of the Wonder Wheel.   'Coney Island is one of the national symbols of New York and, when it opens, the world knows New York is coming back,' Schumer said, raising a fist in the air. 'The opening of Coney Island Island is a metaphor of New York City. We are getting back in business.  'And just like we had a rollercoaster of a year,  now all New Yorkers are eager to get back to business...and have some safe, socially distanced fun.      The senator all promised that all New Yorkers will be able to  line up' to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the next three weeks - although it is unclear how a statewide walk-up process would work. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO ...
    Bob is a seven-year-old French bulldog with all the characteristics of that breed: wide-set round eyes, squashed nose and bat-like ears. He belongs to my friends and when they're on holiday, my husband and I often look after him. We love him — but the last time he came to stay, I was shocked by his deterioration. Our half-a-mile plod round the block nearly finished him off; afterwards, it took him almost an hour to stop panting. Lady Gaga with her Frenchie Koji Cruel: Changing skull shapes can cause blindness Like any other dog, he wanted to crash post-walk, but couldn't breathe at all lying down. When I gave him a dog chew, it soon became clear that eating and breathing simultaneously was also impossible. As a vet, I hate to see any animal in distress, but particularly when it's because an animal has been bred to suffer. For Bob's problems aren't particular to him, they're common to around half of his breed. Fashionable 'Frenchies' are one of Britain's most popular dogs and can sell for as...
    TEEN Mom star Gary Shirley's wife Kristina Shirley shut down pregnancy rumors. The TV personality told fans "we are NOT expecting" after sharing a new photo. 9Kristina shut down rumors that she's pregnant with another childCredit: Instagram 9The reality star shares one daughter with husband GaryCredit: Instagram 9Kristina insisted 'we are not expecting' in the comments section of a recent postCredit: Instagram The 39-year-old set the record straight in the comments section of a recent Instagram post. Alongside a selfie that showed Kristina, her daughter Emilee, five, and her stepdaughter Leah, 12, the Teen Mom OG star wrote: "Enjoying the beautiful weather outside!" A number of Kristina's followers complimented the family snap in the comments section, while one fan asked if she is pregnant with another child. Kristina shut down the speculation as she replied: "We are not expecting." Gary, 34, and Kristina tied the knot in 2015. 9The couple tied the knot in 2015Credit: Instagram 9They share one daughter togetherCredit: Instagram He shares Leah with Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, 29. Fans previously speculated that the pair were expecting...
    2 attorneys named to lead investigation into Cuomo sexual harassment allegations Black churches have become indispensable in Covid-19 vaccination effort New $1,400 stimulus checks are included in Congress' $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The payments are similar to past checks; however, the income caps could be lower. Here's what we know now about who could qualify for the checks and how soon payments could go out. © Provided by CNBC The Senate has passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, helping to clear the way for millions of Americans to potentially receive $1,400 stimulus checks. But the new checks won't be official until the House of Representatives and President Joe Biden give their final approval, which is expected to happen this week. The proposed new direct payments are aimed at bringing the total money recently sent to Americans to $2,000, in keeping with a sum Biden has promised Americans. "This plan will get checks out the door starting this month to the Americans that so desperately need the help," Biden said on Saturday in response to the...
    Thomas Tolstrup The Senate has passed a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, helping to clear the way for millions of Americans to potentially receive $1,400 stimulus checks. But the new checks won't be official until the House of Representatives and President Joe Biden give their final approval, which is expected to happen this week. The proposed new direct payments are aimed at bringing the total money recently sent to Americans to $2,000, in keeping with a sum Biden has promised Americans. "This plan will get checks out the door starting this month to the Americans that so desperately need the help," Biden said on Saturday in response to the Senate's action. Here's the latest on what we know about those payments.Who will be eligible for $1,400 checksVIDEO1:2001:20Democrats lower income caps for stimulus checksClosing BellFull $1,400 payments are slated to go to those with adjusted gross incomes of up to $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for heads of household and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly. As with previous stimulus checks, the payments are reduced for those with income above those thresholds....
    Donald Trump, back in the political arena in the face of a crowd of enthusiastic conservatives, said on Sunday that the survival of the United States depended on the conservatives, flirting with the idea of ​​running for president in 2024. “We are engaged in a struggle for the survival of America as we know it,” the American billionaire said at the very end of a scrappy hour-and-a-half speech, concluding the Conservatives’ annual High Mass at Orlando, Florida. “It’s a struggle. It’s a terrible, terrible, painful struggle, ”he added in his first speech since leaving the White House on January 20. “But in the end we always win”. Still refusing to admit his electoral defeat to Joe Biden, he has shown himself determined to ensure that his populist movement will keep control of a Republican Party that is struggling to hide its divisions. “The incredible journey we have started together (…) is far from over,” he said. “And in the end, we will win.” “We are not going to create new parties, we are not going to divide our...
    More than 300 people joined some of New York's top elected officials and community leaders on Saturday afternoon to speak out against the increase in anti-Asian violence in the city and nationwide.  The Rise Up Against Asian Hate rally, organized by the Asian American Federation (AAF), took place at Foley Square in downtown Manhattan, two blocks from where a 36-year-old Asian man was stabbed on Thursday night.  Among the speakers was a recent victim: 61-year-old Filipino-American Noel Quintana, whose face was slashed on the subway earlier this month. "I called for help, but nobody came to help," he said. "If they took a video of this, the perpetrator would be identified easily." He urged people to be safe and aware, and to record and report incidents. As he walked off the stage, the crowd chanted his name.  Democratic Congresswoman Grace Meng, who represents New York's 6th District and authored a resolution in the House last September to denounce hatred against Asian-Americans, said, "We need to make sure that we are not fighting racism with more racism. That we are...
    Biden administration to house migrant teens at overflow facility in Texas closed under Trump Former police officer Adam Coy charged with murder in death of Andre Hill Cramer lays out 7 rules for new investors to follow: We are at a critical point in this market "If you're part of this new cadre of investors, I am begging you to follow my seven new rules," CNBC's Jim Cramer said Wednesday. "We are at a critical point in this market, a point where the cheapest stocks are often the best and the most expensive stocks are often the worst," the "Mad Money" host said. "I want to address the retail revolution ... [and] put it in context, because sometimes revolutions fall apart," he said. Jim Cramer: We are at a critical point in this market CNBC See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next How you can save $1 million for retirement USA TODAY How much the most populous states pay mail carriers GOBankingRates Creepy ways your company...
    VIDEO2:3202:32Jim Cramer: We are at a critical point in this marketMad Money with Jim Cramer CNBC's Jim Cramer on Wednesday delivered a message of caution to retail investors who helped drive up the price of so-called meme stocks last week. The trading activity that was sparked on Reddit ignored traditional investing logic. It triggered an unprecedented short squeeze in stocks including AMC Entertainment and GameStop that captured the attention of people in and beyond the investing community. After a mixed day of stock trading on Wall Street, where the Dow Jones and S&P 500 indexes posted modest gains and the Nasdaq Composite slipped a couple of points, Cramer sought to introduce investing guidelines to the retail investors who participated in last week's craze. "If you're part of this new cadre of investors, I am begging you to follow my seven new rules," the "Mad Money" host said. The new class of investors Cramer is referring to is, in large part, the tens of millions of market players introduced to stock investing by commission-free trading platforms such as Robinhood, which has...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — New Jersey has the infrastructure set up to start vaccinating more people against COVID-19 but doesn’t have the supply of shots to meet demand, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. Murphy, a Democrat, said the state has opened two-thirds of the mass vaccination sites across the state, with more set up at CVS and Walgreens under a federal partnership, but the number of vaccines coming in each week is just over 100,000. That’s short of the 470,000 needed to meet demand, according to Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli. So far, New Jersey has administered about 388,000 doses of the vaccine. That amounts to about 3.9% of the state’s population. Overall, the country has seen about 10.6 million vaccinations, or 3.2% of the population, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “All we are missing are the vaccine doses we need,” Murphy said. READ MORE: When Can I Get The COVID-19 Vaccine In Pennsylvania, New Jersey or Delaware? Murphy predicted that supply would be short “for some time,” and didn’t specify when or how it...
    Thousands without heat, hot water in freezing temperatures in Colorado Donald Trump signs Covid-19 relief and spending bill Meet Biggie! Christina Anstead Introduces New Family Puppy: We Are All Obsessed and in Love Meet Biggie! © Provided by People christina anstead/instagram Christina Anstead Christina Anstead is introducing the world to her family's new puppy, a rottweiler from the Von Ruelmann breeder. "Too cute not to share. Meet the newest member of our family - Biggie. We are all obsessed and in love. ????," the HGTV star shared on Instagram along with a photo of herself holding the pup. Christina — who shares son Brayden James, 5, and daughter Taylor Reese, 10, with ex-husband and Flip or Flop costar Tarek El Moussa, and son Hudson London, 1, with estranged husband Ant Anstead— is already dog mom to Cash, a French bulldog. © christina anstead/instagram Christina Anstead Christina, 37, also shared several photos of the family's new addition on her Instagram Stories, including a photo of Taylor holding the pooch as well as Cash and Biggie running around their lawn with a case of the "zoomies."...
    TRENTON (CBS) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says he “can sense the end in real time” of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Garden State is gearing up for its vaccine distribution plan. A Food and Drug Administration panel endorsed Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use on Thursday. The governor says they are anxiously awaiting the final vote from the FDA for the vaccine’s approval. “We anticipate the first shipments of this vaccine beginning to arrive in the next few days and we will immediately be ready to put our vaccine plan in place, starting with our frontline health care workers,” Murphy said. Just because a vaccine is right on the horizon doesn’t mean we can start to let our guard down. Do your part. Every day. There is no light switch. We have to get through this winter. We cannot give up. — Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) December 11, 2020 Murphy struck an optimistic tone during Friday’s press conference with the vaccine on the horizon. “No one can dampen the real sense that we are now in the opening...
    Singer-actress Demi Lovato has bid adieu to her beautiful long hair and gone for an edgy new pixie haircut. Lovato debuted her new look on Instagram, flaunting a half-shaved pixie cut. Flaunting her dramatic makeover, she captioned it: “I did a thing…” Miley Cyrus, Foo Fighters, Demi Lovato, The Lumineers, Marshmello and More Perform Live at the Virtual ‘Save Our Stages Fest’ Her new look has been approved by many of her fans, and her post currently has over 1.8 million likes on the photo-sharing website. The songstress also shared a close-up picture of her exposing a blonde pixie cut from behind. Demi Lovato’s Ex Max Ehrich Reveals He Learned That Their Relationship Was Over ‘Through a Tabloid’ Check Out Demi Lovato’s New Pixie Haircut: New new ???? Cut & color by Alchemist Amber Hair: Paul Norton Makeup: @RokaelBeauty Styling: Siena Pics: @KRITIKOZZZ pic.twitter.com/0gcTUlbg6a — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) November 19, 2020 Lovato’s new hair gained approval from many of her famous friends on social media. Actress Lucy Hale said: “Ohhhhh...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS SF / CNN) — After reaching the grim milestone of 1 million COVID-19 cases, California is seeing the fastest rate of increase in the number of daily reported infections since the start of the pandemic, public health officials said Friday. There has been a 47.1% increase in the number of new cases in a one-week period since the beginning of this month, according to Dr. Erica Pan, who is currently serving as the state’s acting public health officer. “This is almost a 20% faster rate of rise and the fastest rate of rise we have seen in California,” Pan said. “When cases are increasing at this pace, it is really important for us to act quickly.” READ MORE: COVID Roundup: Thanksgiving Gathering Fears Mount; Cal Football Still In Limbo; State Reaches Grim Milestone The state reported 6,893 additional cases of Covid-19 on Friday, a higher number of new infections than the state’s seven-day average of 6,773 cases. The two-week test positivity rate has also increased from 3% to 4%, according to Pan. A statewide travel advisory was implemented Friday...
    Heavy police presence in Brooklyn, New York, following a protest on June 12, 2020 in New York City. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images New York City murders are up by 33 percent and the number of victims shot has doubled. Crime analysts were expecting the shutdown earlier this year to result in a sharp drop in crime, but it has since recovered from a few slow month and jumped far higher than normal. A former NYPD analyst says COVID-19, political unrest, and economic depression might play a role in the data. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. When New York City shut down in March, crime stat analysts watched in awe as homicide and shooting counts kept falling, Christopher Herrmann, a former Crime Analyst Supervisor with the New York City Police Department, told Insider. "We were all anticipating a huge decrease in crime. Nobody is on the subway anymore. Everyone is working remotely," Herrmann, who now teaches at John Jay College, said.  "'How much lower can it go? How much lower can it go?' That was sort...
    When I was a child, we’d have dinner as a family every evening. If a telemarketer happened to phone the landline, my parents considered them extremely rude. How dare someone disturb our family time? Fast-forward 20 years and it’s all too common for meals to be punctuated by the constant ping of smartphone notifications — all ultimately designed to sell in the same way the tele- marketers did. I’ve spent the past three years working on The Social Dilemma, a film about what’s really going on in Silicon Valley and how social media is taking over our world. Larissa Rhodes, producer of The Social Dilemma, is warning people against over-suing social media and being glued to their smart phones (stock image) I’d previously worked on climate change-related projects for a decade, and I admit that, at first, I couldn’t see the rise of social media as an equal threat. But then we were given unprecedented access to a host of former employees at the world’s biggest tech companies, from Facebook to Twitter and Google. What they said terrified me....
    Megan Thee Stallion has spoken out against violence towards black women as she hits back at her critics in a powerful op-ed, months after she was allegedly shot by fellow rapper Tory Lanez.  The 25-year-old addressed the shooting in an essay published by the New York Times on Tuesday, as Lanez was ordered to keep 100 yards away her following a court hearing in Los Angeles.  Megan Thee Stallion, whose real name is Megan Pete, was wounded in the foot on July 12 after she was shot during an argument with Lanez in Hollywood Hills. In an opinion piece titled, Why I Speak Up for Black Women, the WAP rapper described receiving criticism and skepticism over the incident, even after initially refusing to report her assailant to the police.  Megan Thee Stallion spoke out against violence towards black women, three months after she was allegedly shot by fellow rapper Tory Lanez (right). Lanez is charged with felony assault in connection  to the shooting Footage captured the moments after the shooting, showing Lanez and Thee Stallion lying on the...
    Racial minorities are significantly overrepresented among those experiencing homelessness in metro Denver, a new study shows. "We need to address this if we want to make meaningful progress on homelessness," says Matt Meyer, executive director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative, which just released its State of Homelessness 2020 Report. The report, which pulls from multiple data sources to help quantify the number of people experiencing homelessness in the metro area, indicates that Black and Native American individuals are represented disproportionately in the groups of those who are homeless or using services related to homelessness.Related Stories Denver Hit by Federal Class-Action Lawsuit Over Homeless Camp Sweeps Denver Safe-Camping Site Model Will Open to Public This Weekend Homelessness Crosses Borders: It's a Challenge for Metro Denver The report also notes that those experiencing homelessness in metro Denver are mostly male, usually have been homeless before, and often have higher rates of "barriers related to physical or mental disabilities, chronic health conditions, and/or substance use than other subpopulations." MDHI conducts the annual Point in Time count, which attempts to document the...
    Tennis: Birthday girl Halep sails through after slow start 50 things to pick up at the grocery store this fall How 2020 broke the housing market: So many homes are selling that we could run out of new houses in months © Provided by Business Insider A house is the most desirable get amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the US is barreling toward an inventory shortage and affordability crisis that'll make homeownership unattainable. John M Lund/Getty Images The hottest pandemic purchase is a house, as more and more Americans take advantage of low mortgage rates to attain spacious backyards and more comfortable work-from-home locales. Existing home sales, which have trended upward for the last 3 months since the housing market reopened from shutdown, soared to a 14-year high in August. New home sales are also up. Home prices are soaring, too, recording the highest two-month appreciation between May and July — at 2% — in 30 years of record-keeping. But not enough new houses are being built to keep up with demand, a trend that actually goes back...
    The University of Georgia is reporting more than 1,400 new coronavirus cases in the past week, as the virus continues to spread at the university. The numbers, reported on Thursday, push the 39,000-student university close to 2,600 total infections in the past four weeks, according to the school.  The university's outbreak is now the fastest growing among colleges in Georgia publicly reporting numbers. President Jere Morehead called the trend 'disturbing' after saying it was 'concerning' last week. He reiterated to students it was their responsibility to follow health rules. 'Each of us must make sound decisions in the coming days and weeks so that we can turn the trajectory, as we have seen at other institutions in the state,' Morehead said in a statement. But students hit back in the University's student newspaper, The Red & Black, which wrote last week that while a level of blame should fall on students who refuse to socially distance, 'the blame should not rest entirely on students.' 'Attending in-person class a couple times a week is a joke. The thought of Sanford Stadium with...
    President Trump has lashed out at New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio after a weekend of violence in which at least 50 people were shot leaving seven dead in various incidents across the city. 'Law and Order. If @NYCMayor can't do it, we will!' the president wrote on Twitter late on Sunday night.  Data from the NYPD data shows 20 people were injured in 12 shooting incidents on Friday, another 23 wounded on Saturday in 20 separate shootings. On Sunday, nine people were shot.   President Trump has lashed out at New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio after a weekend of violence in which at least 50 people were shot in various incidents across the city New York City continues to see an surge in violent shootings, with police recording shooting incidents involving 52 victims so far this weekend CBS Privacy Policy Across the whole of last week, the NYPD says 69 people were victims of gun violence including 43 people shot on Friday and Saturday according to NBC News.   Shooting incidents in the city have been...
    Dolly Parton has issued a rare political statement voicing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement.  In an interview with Billboard magazine, published on Thursday, the country music icon, 74, said she appreciated the millions of Americans taking to the streets to protest for racial reform following the death of black man George Floyd.  'I understand people having to make themselves known and felt and seen,' she stated.  'And of course Black lives matter. Do we think our little white a**es are the only ones that matter? No!' Throughout her five-decade career, Parton has been largely apolitical - often refusing to giver her opinion on various politicians and policies.  Dolly Parton has issued a rare political statement voicing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The 74-year-old is pictured late last year  Black Lives Matter protesters have been taking to the streets across America since late May, calling for a reckoning on racism.  New York City demonstrators are pictured last week  During her discussion with Billboard, Parton discussed why she so rarely weighs in on political...
    Savannah Rychcik August 2, 2020 0 Comments According to Dr. Deborah Birx — infectious disease expert for the White House Coronavirus Task Force — no one is immune from the coronavirus as the number of cases continue to rise across the nation. CNN’s Dana Bash noted Birx warned of a resurgence of coronavirus cases in the midwest. She asked Birx if the United States is entering a new phase of the outbreak and what is she going to do to slow the spread. “We are in a new phase,” Birx said. She added, “What we’re seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas. And to everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus.”Watch her comments below: Dr. Deborah Birx says, "we are in a new phase" of the coronavirus pandemic adding, "This epidemic right now is different and its … more widespread and its both rural and urban" #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/w09X9GrhL0— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 2, 2020Birx explained each state has a...
    You are probably reading this from your phone. Or your tablet. And surely you don’t realize that you have before you a crucial tool in the new global geopolitical battle. “There are numerous reasons why a country could veto Huawei from its networks, but increasing cybersecurity is not really a big factor,” wrote Marcus Willett, former deputy director of the British eavesdropping center GCHQ, a member of the UK secret services. United, and currently senior advisor to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in cybernetics and other technologies as a lever of national power. Here he explains how and why. Without a doubt, there is a global competition between superpowers at the center of what is happening. I think Huawei has been caught in the front line of combat. Ironically, I think that the United Kingdom has also been at the forefront of that global competition between the US and China for control of digital technology. Because both nations know that to be a superpower in the 21st century you have to be a digital superpower. The opportunity that...
    New York (CNN Business)Walt Disney World reopens its gates on Saturday. But should it? Josh D'Amaro — the new chairman of Disney (DIS) Parks, Experiences and Products — says the resort is safe and ready."We are in a new normal," said D'Amaro, who started the job in May. "The world is a different place, but we feel really prepared to operate in this new environment."D'Amaro spoke with CNN Business on Saturday about reopening as coronavirus cases surge in Florida, the criticisms around opening "The Most Magical Place on Earth" in the middle of a pandemic and their recent decision to retheme the racially problematic Splash Mountain.This interview has been edited and condensed.Read MoreCoronavirus cases are surging in Florida, why is Disney World reopening right now? Isn't reopening in this climate unsafe?We are in a new normal right now, so what's happening outside of the gates of Walt Disney World is our new world. I think you know we were one of the first theme parks to close, and we'll be about the last to open. And we spent every minute...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Monday was a big day in New York state as some day camps opened up, but many are still closed. Kids on the Upper East Side attended their first day of camp at Asphalt Green. “I had the greatest day in this whole universe because it’s all about camp in the summer,” a 6-year-old named David told CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock. “I ate Cheese-Its,” added 5-year-old Leah. “It felt great. I was so excited for her to be able to have her have fun, and not be cooped up, and interact,” said parent Joelle Obsatz. Ashphalt Green camp director Katie Duffy is trying to make the best of the circumstances. “It feels a little different, but we are still trying to bring that camp magic,” said Duffy. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home Ask Dr. Max Your Health Questions How Make Your Own DIY Face Mask How To Safely Remove Disposable Gloves Tips For Parents To Help Kids Cope Chopper 2 Over Empty NYC Streets, Landmarks...
    SAN ANTONIO – The city of San Antonio, and the entire state of Texas, are seeing a significant surge in COVID-19 cases and hospital numbers, especially over the weekend. On Saturday, Bexar County sent an emergency alert to residents just minutes after the city reported 795 new COVID-19 cases, which was a daily high for San Antonio. Dr. Robert Leverence, of UT Health San Antonio, joined us on Leading SA to discuss what has lead to the significant increases in cases and hospitalizations. “This tells us that we’re still in the thick of things. It is a highly infectious virus. It still has the capacity to overwhelm our system and we truly can’t let up our efforts,” Dr. Leverence said. Although some may attribute the higher case numbers to the city’s increase in testing capacity, Dr. Leverence said that isn’t entirely to blame. “We’re seeing increased cases because of more testing, but on the other hand, this is a very real surge. We have, oh, I think, seven fold of the number of patients hospitalized for Covid-19 in our...
    “Quick, grab the binoculars!” My husband and I stand up from our camping chairs. I put my thermos down next to our other provisions—oranges, granola, two types of sunscreen—and squint through the lenses. “Is that an eagle?” Not quite. It's just a robust crow, perched on a condo. It was the first beautiful weekend of the year, and we'd wanted to bask in nature, but the pandemic limited our options. We can't be picky about wildlife encounters, as our campsite for the foreseeable future is the roof of our Brooklyn apartment building.Related StoriesCoronavirusThe Promise of Antibody Treatments for Covid-19Kate Knibbs Shelter in PlaceThe Covid-19 Rent Crisis Is HereKate Knibbs Covid-19What Coronavirus Isolation Could Do to Your Mind (and Body)Emma Grey Ellis The building was once a three-story 1930s dairy plant with art deco flourishes, remodeled a couple of decades ago into an eight-unit residence. We feel lucky to live in a historical landmark, even with its old-building quirks, like pinging radiators and fickle water pressure. Last year it sold to a new owner with a rather...
    New Yorkers fed up with Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaction in dealing with the noise caused by late-night fireworks that are being set off illegally throughout the city staged a protest outside Gracie Mansion on Monday. Motorists lined up along East End Avenue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan around midnight late on Monday and honked their horns continuously hoping to get the message across to the mayor. 'If we cannot sleep, we will not let the mayor sleep,' New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch, who addressed a crowd of protesters on Monday, said. Deutsch led chants of 'If we don't sleep, you don't sleep' and, 'We need leadership.' Since June 1, there have been more than 4,500 calls to the police complaining of fireworks in Brooklyn alone. Hundreds are protesting outside Gracie Mansion in #Manhattan right now after @NYCMayor refuses to do anything about the insane fireworks the last few weeks plaguing NYC. Residents can't sleep, so they decided to not allow Deblasio to sleep tonight either. pic.twitter.com/Kom1X7PTPM— NYC Scanner (@NYScanner) June 23, 2020 New Yorkers staged...
    Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb warned Sunday that coronavirus outbreaks in several states, including Texas, Florida and Arizona, could overwhelm local health care systems if not properly handled. “We’re seeing a resurgence in the south and the southeast, they really never got rid of their epidemics,” Gottlieb said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “A challenge that was once facing some regions of the country is now facing every region of the country, and the worry is they’re going to tip into exponential growth.” “If you look at places like Arizona, the hospitals are getting pressed,” he added. “Midweek there was a report out of Arizona that about 40 percent of the hospital beds were filled with COVID patients. Texas and Florida still are reporting a lot of capacity even though Florida doesn’t report the total hospitalizations for COVID patients. These things can mount very quickly, as we saw in New York.” HOSPITAL OVERLOAD? @ScottGottliebMD warns that hospitals in #Covid19 hotspots - Texas, Arizona and Florida for example - could be overwhelmed as case numbers surge. “These...
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held his final daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, capping more than three months of press conferences in which he gave updates 7 days a week on COVID-19's spread in the state, measures to fight it, and its subsequent decline. Cuomo appeared by himself on Friday, telling viewers that he gave his staff their first day off in 111 days. "I can handle this last daily COVID briefing alone. After 111 days of hell, they all deserve a break," he said.  The governor, who appeared without his usual PowerPoint slide presentation, shared more positive coronavirus data. Statewide, 1,284 people are hospitalized from the virus, and 79,000 tests were conducted on Wednesday alone. The state also hit two weekly lows this week: less than 1% of New York residents are infected with the virus, and an average of 25 people died from the virus every day this week. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox "When this started we had more cases per capita than any state in the country, or any nation on the globe. But today...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced schools, day camps, bars, gyms and professional sports could all reopen with modifications as soon as Friday, June 12. But the initial announcement was very light on details.What rules will these businesses have to follow in order to reopen? As we get closer to the Friday start date, we're learning more about California's guidelines.Note: Not all counties will move forward with reopening bars or gyms that early. For example, Contra Costa County is opening those businesses (and more) on July 1. San Francisco Mayor London Breed says that phase of reopening isn't slated until mid-August for the city.RELATED: Here's everything allowed to open (and what we're still waiting on)Here's what we know so far about what will happen in each sector:SchoolsWhile schools are technically going to be allowed to reopen statewide starting June 12, most won't reconvene until mid-August or early September. That's because districts are taking the summer to implement a long list of new health and safety guidelines released by the Department of Education Monday.The new guidelines include:Keeping students spaced...
    Lindsey Graham’s new, Trumpy bouffant. Bill Barr’s little authoritarians’ playbook. Tom Cotton’s statist masturbation. They’re all featured on a very not-safe-for-Democracy edition of The New Abnormal, The Daily Beast’s podcast for a world gone off the rails. As Rick puts it, “These guys are jacking themselves off like, well, why can't we have a spotter on the White House to call in the drone strikes on these hippie fields, the Antifa.” But that’s just the tip of the fuckery. In Episode 14, Molly Jong-Fast and Rick Wilson talk about Cotton’s “over the top” New York Times’ op-ed and how it is likely his ploy to be some kind of “savior” in the 2024 election, who comes in to restore chaos but also has a plan “to shoot everybody who fucks with [him.]” “Tom Cotton represents the cutting edge of a Republican party that has abandoned the idea of limited government,” says Rick. The duo also hear from The Daily Beast’s Pilar Melendez about how rough (and weird) the NYPD is being on New York’s streets.   “The NYPD is pulling out...
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