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    The White House on Thursday faced a series of questions about what would be the total cost of its new student loan forgiveness plan, and refused to say if or when it would provide the information. Officials said Wednesday when President Biden announced the plan that a cost figure wasn't yet available – and that it would depend on factors like how many people took advantage of the new benefit, default rates, and other factors. 'I mean that that is something that the Department of Education is going to lead, because this is something that ... this is an action that clearly just take in the Department of Education. I don't have any more to speak on to that just,' she said at the White House briefing Thursday. She also wouldn't say specifically how it would get paid for, amid new outside estimates that the total price tag could be hundreds of billions.  She also cast Biden's new program as a more responsible alternative to plans that some progressive lawmakers have called for – including having the government forgive up...
    A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange NYSE in New York, the United States, May 18, 2022. U.S. stocks plummeted on Wednesday as weak earnings from major retailers stoked concerns about the impact of inflation.Michael Nagle | Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images
    SKY SPORTS were forced to apologise after an emotional Joe Worrall swore live on-air after Nottingham Forest were promoted to the Premier League. An own goal from Chelsea loanee Levi Colwill was enough for Forest to seal a return to the Prem for the first time in 23 years. 1A Joe Worrall slip of the tongue live on Sky Sports forced the broadcaster into an apologyCredit: SKY SPORTS Forest skipper Worrall has been superb throughout the season and the centre-back helped his side to another shutout victory today. Sky were quick to grab the 25-year-old for an interview after Jon Moss blew his final whistle. And perhaps being a little too caught up in the emotion of promotion, a slip of the tongue from Worrall forced Sky into an apology. He said: "Like I keep saying we've been really good, not just this season. Read More In Football`90s PARTY Forest back in top-flight for first time in 23 years after edging Huddersfield "I'm not saying we've been good in the past seasons because we haven't....
    YOU always want what you don't have. If you have small boobs, you want big ones and vice versa. 2Brianne listed all the reasons she loves having small boobsCredit: Tiktok/@leselovesbt But one woman has grown to love her small boobs - thanks to all the positives she gets from them. Brandi Lese, from Florida, US, shared a TikTok video explaining all the pros that come with having small boobs. While you may think having small boobs is a negative - from constantly having to pull strapless dresses up to relying on padded bras, there are plenty of reasons to love them too. Posting the video to her account, Lese Loves BT, she said: "The pros of having small boobs." READ MORE ON BODY SHAPESBRA-VO I've got such big boobs, people always comment saying I should get a reduction Many women with big busts suffer from back pain, something women with mal boobs don't have to worry about, Brianne said. Another positive she reveals is that gravity won't affect them so much, meaning they won't sag as you get older. Having...
    A WILD overgrown garden filled with cars covered in vines is taking over a street  - forcing one neighbour to rebuild their garden wall. The property is covered in crawling greenery, trees and out of control shrubs growing around a van, car and even a boat in Ramsgate.  7The overgrown greenery has taken over the entire of the front of the propertyCredit: Gary Stone 7A van, car and boat have almost been completely engulfed by the vines and bushesCredit: Gary Stone 7Pals of the owner claim that he does live in the propertyCredit: Gary Stone One of the neighbouring properties has been forced to rebuild their garden wall after buying their home in lockdown.  Another asked their mysterious next-door neighbour to cut down some of the wild plants that were creeping onto their property - which was obliged.  Pals of the homeowner described him as a "lovely, well-kept man", saying he could do what he likes with the house. But Thanet District Council have been unable to engage with the owner of the home, leaving some locals frustrated.  READ...
    Johann Hari, longtime journalist and author of the book "Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention and How To Think Deeply Again" Johann Hari joined "Tucker Carlson Today" to discuss America’s dwindling attention span, the importance of being able to think in-depth, and how to retrain the mind to focus. The native of England explained to Carlson how he grew up in a working-class family and what propelled him into his writing career. "So I was very lucky I was from a working-class family," he said. "My dad's a bus driver. My mother worked in shelters for survivors of domestic violence. And I was really lucky I got to go to Cambridge University. I studied social sciences, and essentially, the only thing I can do is write. So it wasn't much of a choice. I was like, I could write or starve on the street. So I chose to write."  Hari explained he had been a newspaper columnist for several years before he started writing books. LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20:  Alison Lundergan Grimes (L) and Johann Hari...
    President Joe Biden used January's jobs report to tout his administration's economic policies and once again called on Congress to continue passing spending legislation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced earlier in the day that the economy added 467,000 new jobs in January, and the figures from the previous two months were revised up by more than 700,000. In total, the United States has added 7 million jobs since January 2021. ECONOMY CRUSHED JOBS EXPECTATIONS, ADDING 467,000 IN JANUARY DESPITE OMICRON WAVE "Our country is taking everything that COVID is throwing at us, and we've come back stronger," the president said. "These announcements are the drumbeat of a jobs resurgence unlike anything we've seen in our history. That didn't happen by chance. It's a result of the economic plan I put in action on day one when I said it's going to be 'Buy America.' I'm delighted to keep going and expand what we've done because we have a great opportunity ahead of us to further make progress." Biden cited the House's vote Friday morning to pass the America COMPETES...
    As the U.S. winds down its first full year with a COVID-19 vaccine, the Omicron variant is threatening to upend a banner year—with New York City among its first targets. In the last three days, the city has been hit with a record-breaking surge in COVID cases fueled by Omicron, with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top medical adviser Dr. Jay Varma tweeting Thursday how “we’ve never seen this before in NYC.” Varma noted how the city’s daily positivity rate doubled from 3.9 percent to 7.8 percent between Dec. 9 and Dec. 12, inducing a fresh wave of fear just as the city promoted months of relative normalcy. The city’s current seven-day average is 5.19 percent, according to city data. It’s led de Blasio, who had just celebrated the full-scale return of the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square last month, reconsidering whether that remains the best option. “We made the decision a few weeks back when things were much better. But we said vaccinated people only,” he said Friday, according to NBC New York. “Now we’re going...
    A RACING driver and his partner struggled for six years to get pregnant - not knowing a simple test could have revealed he had fertility problems. They had two failed rounds of IVF and left doctors baffled before Toby Trice was diagnosed. 3Toby Trice and Katie Housley are finally expecting after wanting a baby for many years Now, expecting a little boy just before Christmas, Toby and Katie Housley want a change in male fertility testing to “stop other couples going through the same trauma”.    They first started trying for a baby in their early 20s but had almost given up hope, until a racing sponsor from the pharmaceutical industry suggested trying the progressive male testing.  Toby, who juggles his day job as a train driver with his career leading the Ginetta GT Academy, discovered he had sperm DNA fragmentation caused by varicocele – or an enlarged vein in the scrotum.   Once he knew this, he realised it could be treated and their dreams of becoming a parent could come true. “We’ve gone through six years of treatment and two...
    Biden announces rule to limit methane leaks, targeting oil and gas industry at COP26 climate summit Biden says Fed nominees coming fairly quickly Refi Rates at 1.99% APR. Do you qualify? Ad Microsoft Get Paid $200 by Signing Up for This New Card (Yeah, Seriously) Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/11 SLIDES © Backgrid / ARIS All the Rare but Sweet Peeks We’ve Gotten at Kristen Stewart and Dylan Meyer’s Relationship Surprise! After two years of dating, Kristen Stewart is engaged to girlfriend Dylan Meyer. The Spencer actress casually dropped the exciting news during an interview on The Howard Stern Show on Nov. 2, gushing about how her partner popped the big question. "We're marrying, we're totally gonna do it," she said. "I wanted to be proposed to, so I think I very distinctly carved out what I wanted and she nailed it." To refresh your memory on their relationship, Kristen and...
    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER insists he is improving Manchester United as calls grow for a change of manager. The Red Devils’ 4-2 defeat away to Leicester City on Saturday saw them fall five points away from top spot after a run of one win from five in all competitions. 3Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is improving Manchester UnitedCredit: Reuters They face Italian side Atalanta at home tomorrow in the Champions League with a win and a defeat from their opening two games. United went out at the group stage last season but finished second in the Premier League on the back of a third placed finish the season before. Evidence enough, for Solskjaer, that things are still going in the right direction. Solskjaer said: “We’ve progressed over the years. Sixth when I was here for half a season then third, second, you can see the progress, improvement and development and this season we still want to improve. “Yeah, we’ve signed players that have raised expectations. Other teams have signed players and improved as well so we’re in the same boat as...
    In order not to be seen by potential informers for the newly re-established Ministry of Virtue and Vice, we are sitting inside the front gate of the Sayedul Shuhada Boys and Girls High School. It is mid-afternoon and the barren hills that rise beyond Kabul’s 13th District radiate a pitiless glare. My companion is Fatima, aged 17. But for the events of the last few months she would be in class now, studying for her final exams that would, she had hoped, gain her a university place; the first undergraduate, male or female, in her family’s history, and the next step in her ambition to become an engineer. But this has been a year of savage blows; aimed not only at Fatima and the girls in her community, but all the females of Afghanistan. The country has witnessed numerous atrocities. But one of the worst was committed earlier this year not 100 metres from where we chat. On May 8, Isis carried out a suicide car bomb and IED attack on the school that left 90 dead and 240 wounded....
    Former Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who served as the U.S.' chief diplomat to several Middle East countries from the George H.W. Bush administration through that of President Obama, lamented the state of Afghanistan following President Joe Biden's hasty withdrawal. "The scary part for me: They're back," Crocker -- who notably served as ambassador to Afghanistan under the younger George Bush as well as Obama – said of Al Qaeda. "It’s a very sad and disturbing time for all Americans; everyone to be looking at the scenes, particularly yesterday and the day before at Kabul airport -- to see that all that was done and attempted in Afghanistan is being brushed away," he told Martha MacCallum on "The Story." Crocker said the Afghan mission was much different than that of the War in Iraq: "We were in Afghanistan for one reason for 20 years to ensure that never again would its soil be used to attack our homeland," he said. VideoCrocker said there is strong evidence Al Qaeda will make a resurgence under its suspected ally the Taliban. "We’ve seen this...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — With a mixture of excitement and a little anxiety, Oakland teachers were busy getting their classrooms ready Friday as the district’s more than 36,000 students were preparing for a return to fall classes next week. This year in addition to markers and colored pencils, there were masks and gloves — a sign of the times. READ MORE: As Outfielder Ramon Laureano Suspended 80 Games Over PED Violation, Will Miss Rest Of 2021 Season “We wear the mask to protect everyone, including yourself, and to stay in school because that’s where we want to be,” high school teacher Sam Weiss said. “Right now I feel prepared, with what I have, and ready to keep them as safe as possible,” art teacher Catie Rice added. District leaders told KPIX 5 they have a number of precautions in place to prevent the spread of COVID in schools including requiring masks indoors, upgraded ventilation systems and rapid COVID testing available on campus. On Friday, a pop-up COVID vaccine clinic for students was held at Oakland Tech High School. Over...
    Vice President Kamala Harris falsely claimed that "we've been to the border" when pressed on why she has not yet visited the southern border after being tasked by President Biden to handle the "root causes" of migration.  During an interview with NBC News Tuesday, Harris, who has been criticized by Republicans for not making the trip to the U.S.-Mexico border, was asked whether she had any plans to do so.  HARRIS, IN GUATEMALA, TELLS POTENTIAL MIGRANTS THEY WILL BE TURNED BACK: ‘DO NOT COME’  "I – at some point – you know – we are going to the border. We've been to the border," Harris replied. "So this whole – this whole – this whole thing about the border. We've been to the border. We've been to the border."  Harris was again pressed, with NBC’s Lester Holt reminding the vice president that she, herself, has not been to the border while in office.  "I – and I haven't been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t – I don't understand the point that you're making," Harris said, adding "I'm not...
    New York (CNN Business)More than a year after the pandemic began, the US economy is on the cusp of a full recovery. But reaching that milestone still won't be easy.CNN Business' Back-to-Normal Index, developed in partnership with Moody's Analytics last year, shows the US economy is 90% of the way back to where it was before the pandemic began over a year ago. The index, which is comprised of 37 national and seven state-level indicators, had bottomed out at around 57% in April 2020.But despite the immense improvement, getting that last 10% back is going to be hard. The vaccination effort is ongoing and consumers are once again spending money on dining and travel — yet the nation remains millions of jobs short of pre-pandemic levels. Meanwhile many workers continue to feel hesitant about returning to in-person work, and the childcare riddle is still unsolved in many areas where schools and day cares aren't yet operating at full capacity.Here's what needs to happen to get the country 100% back to the pre-pandemic economy.Read MoreGaps in the labor marketThe labor market...
    ON Friday I had an extremely frightening experience. Boarding an almost empty bus heading to London’s Chelsea, I went upstairs and sat in one of the front seats. The other was occupied by a woman reading a book. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest updates 7Fixing our care system has taken a back seat during the pandemicCredit: Getty There was a man seated two rows behind me but, despite thinking the rest of the deck was empty, I now know there was someone crouched in the back seat who, as the bus pulled away, started shouting aggressively in to the ether. I rapidly realised there was an “I hate women” narrative going on in his head that bore no relation to reality. I also realised that the exit was behind us. “Come on, let’s get out of here,” I said to the other woman, who followed me downstairs. Unfortunately, so did he, pounding the stairs directly behind us, fully ranting and raving. Now we were trapped with him on the lower deck, like being in a cage...
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    CNN anchor Don Lemon issued a defense of the police officer who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl who was wielding a knife. Columbus, Ohio, police officer Nicholas Reardon arrived at a home after being dispatched to a possible attempted stabbing. As he approached the scene, he opened fire, killing Ma’Khia Bryant, a black 16-year-old girl who was in the process of swinging a blade at someone. BIDEN CALLED GEORGE FLOYD FAMILY TO OFFER PRAYERS AHEAD OF VERDICT The officer faced swift rebuke by some liberal pundits, including LeBron James, for his use of deadly force, but Lemon defended the officer Wednesday night, noting that he was doing his job. Body camera video released by Columbus Police in Ohio shows #MakiyahBryant attacking another female with a knife before she is shot by police. #BLM have been protesting, calling the shooting racist because Makiyah is black. pic.twitter.com/LY1HaJyI1F— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 21, 2021 “People are anguished watching another video like this, and I get it. But even in our anguish, we cannot abandon the responsibility we have to be fair....
    I AM not the first to observe that, for those of us who have not lived through wartime, this pandemic is the most challenging and destructive thing many have endured. Until Covid-19 came into our lives around a year ago, we were all living not so much cosseted lives but perhaps sleepwalking through every day oblivious to our good fortune. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 8Lockdown has been miserable, but it has made us appreciate the small thingsCredit: Alamy The luxury for most of us was that we simply never had to truly consider just how bloody lucky we were. That stark fact hit home this week when Boris Johnson outlined his road map out of lockdown — a four-step, four-month slog simply to get back to a semblance of the life we previously took for granted. Our kids went to school, college, university, had internships and apprentice- ships. We could see friends and family when we wanted. We could watch live sport and sit with other fans in stadia. On any given night of...
    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., waves while onstage with Oprah Winfrey, chief executive officer of Oprah Winfrey Network LLC, during an event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, U.S., on Monday, March 25, 2019.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Getty Images ViacomCBS will perform what's become a rite of passage Wednesday, trotting out executives to explain why its new streaming service is awesome and different from all others. Wednesday's event will be the end of an era of sorts. Barring a surprise entrant from a non-media company, ViacomCBS's Paramount+ presentation will be the last of the major streaming investor days, which double as a consumer showcase of what's on each service. There are a certain traits that make or break an investor day. Specifics on price, a tentpole original shows, breadth of library content and hopefully a surprise or two. Here's a look back at all of the major streaming launch events in the past 18 months ⁠— the good, the bad, and the ugly.Apple TV+, March 2019 Price: Unsaid (later turned out to be...
    President Joe Biden’s chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci declared Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the United States had “done worse than most any other country” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “Five hundred thousand Americans, families grieving all across the country. Did this have to be?” Fauci said, “Well, certainly some of it, but not this bad, George. I believe that if you look back historically, we’ve done worse than most any other country, and we’re a highly developed rich country.” He continued, “There were things back then, if you go back and think about what you might have done, the kind of disparate responses of different states rather than having a unified approach. But it’s so tough to go back and try to do a metaphorical autopsy on how things went. It was just bad. It is bad now.” He added, “I think these numbers are so stunning. George, remember back in the late winter and early spring of 2020 when we were saying we could get as high as 240,000 and...
    By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - NASA scientists on Friday presented striking early images from the picture-perfect landing of the Mars rover Perseverance, including a selfie of the six-wheeled vehicle dangling just above the surface of the Red Planet moments before touchdown. The color photograph, likely to become an instant classic among memorable images from the history of spaceflight, was snapped by a camera mounted on the rocket-powered "sky crane" descent-stage just above the rover as the car-sized space vehicle was being lowered on Thursday to Martian soil. The image was unveiled by mission managers during an online news briefing webcast from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles less than 24 hours after the landing. The picture, looking down on the rover, shows the entire vehicle suspended from three cables unspooled from the sky crane, along with an "umbilical" communications cord. Swirls of dust kicked up by the crane's rocket thrusters are also visible. Seconds later, the rover was gently planted on its wheels, its tethers were severed, and the sky crane - its job completed -...
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) touted the successes of his state as many blue states continue to restrict their residents’ activities, declaring, again, that the Sunshine State is open and assuring Floridians that “we’ve got your back.” “Every Floridian has the right to earn a living. Florida is open, and we’ve got your back,” DeSantis declared on Sunday alongside a video delivering similar remarks. “Florida also led and continues to lead on protecting the livelihoods of our people. While so many other states kept locking people down, Florida lifted people up,” he said, emphasizing that the state government, under his leadership, believes that “every job is essential”: Every Floridian has the right to earn a living. Florida is open, and we’ve got your back. pic.twitter.com/Y6WNAhu5qr — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 31, 2021 “If you work in a restaurant, we have your back. If you’re a hairstylist, we protect your right to earn a living,” he said. “And if you are a parent, we ensure your kids have the right to attend school in person. Lockdowns do not work. School closures...
    Browns coach Kevin Stefanski doesn't know how he contracted COVID-19, and he's not going to let the virus stop him from preparing his team for the playoffs. Beating the Pittsburgh Steelers is priority No. 1. "We've got to find a way," Stefanski said. Cleveland's first-year coach, who has guided the Browns back to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season, met with reporters over Zoom on Wednesday, a day after his positive test for COVID-19. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Stefanski won't be able to coach the Browns on Sunday, and the team will also be without Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio and at least two other assistant coaches. Cleveland has nine rotational players and five coaches currently on the COVID-19 list, but some may be back in time for the game. Not Stefanski, who can only work virtually with his team this week. The 38-year-old said he feels fine and said that his young family is also healthy. Stefanski expressed disappointment and frustration that he won't be able to join his team...
    17 LOOKING at the rows of Beanie Babies, old presents from ex boyfriends and baby photos scattered everywhere, Lucy Holden prepared to settle back into her childhood bedroom again... at the age of 30. This time last year, she was enjoying the lead up to her first Christmas with her partner in London. But following a difficult split earlier this year, she'd been left with little option but to move back home for lockdown. 17Lucy Holden has moved back in with her parents Caroline and AnthonyCredit: Lucy Holden Now she and another young Brit, Priya Mulji, are opening up about their break-ups and adapting to living with their parents again, to highlight how huge numbers of people will be battling loneliness this festive season. It comes as The Sun urges readers to help those feeling cut off and isolated through our Christmas Together campaign. Alison March, founder of The Group Hug - a site aimed at supporting people going through separation - has seen 15 times as many people accessing her support as there were in March. Here...
    WITH billions of pounds of rights at stake, investing in music has become a booming global industry – with some of the best known hits ever written changing hands and delivering huge returns. Some of the industry’s biggest players now boast portfolios worth in excess of £1billion – with Merck Mercuriadis, the co-founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Fund leading the charge. 14Merck Mercuriadis, the co-founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Fund, is worth in excess of £1billionCredit: Getty Images - Getty Many financiers now see music intellectual property among the safest bets to plough their cash, with the world’s most prolific songwriters delivering an almost guaranteed return. The process involves his firm offering artists and writers an up-front sum for their future royalties based on their average incomes in recent years – gambling on the tracks continuing to succeed beyond that lump sum. Despite huge initial outlays for song catalogues running into many tens of millions or more, his business model has become seen as an almost sure bet. Canadian-born Merck, 57, a former music manager whose clients included Elton...
    In late December 1941, General Douglas MacArthur, caught off guard by the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, is forced to retreat to Corregidor, a jagged, rocky island fortress at the mouth of Manila Bay. Months later, under orders from the president, the general is whisked away in the dark of night, leaving his troops to their fate. It is a bitter pill and the humiliation of Corregidor haunts American forces until the winter of 1945. As MacArthur returns to the Philippines, his eyes are firmly fixed on Corregidor. To take back the island, he calls on the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment, a highly trained veteran airborne unit. Their mission is to jump onto the island—hemmed in by sheer cliffs, pockmarked by bomb craters, bristling with deadly spiky broken tree trunks—and wrest it from some 6,700 Japanese defenders who await, fully armed and ready to fight to the death. In this exclusive excerpt, we meet Pvt. Anthony Lopez a day after landing on Corregidor in February 1945. He is perched on the top edge of a Japanese controlled ravine searching for...
    The gods of comedy have heard your prayers—and just might make them come true. “Veep,” the greatest political comedy of all time, could return, somehow, some way, in some form, if only for a short while. “We’ve certainly discussed it,” star Julia-Louis Dreyfus tells Molly Jong-Fast on the latest episode of The New Abnormal. “Everybody’s sort of gone off now and everybody’s doing other projects and so on. But I don’t rule it out entirely, doing some sort of ‘Veep’-related thing. I mean, there’s an area that we could jump back into. I think [showrunner] Dave [Mandel] and I have talked about it.” Mandel adds, “We left just enough sort of like there’s some time jumps in there that you could definitely—” “Go back into,” Dreyfus offers. “Yeah. You could kind of color in and answer a couple of questions. So I think anything is possible,” Mandel says. Not so long ago, Mandel and Dreyfus were wondering aloud how possible it was to do political satire with Trump in the White House. How do you parody a parody? Now, Dreyfus...
    MANILA (Reuters) - U.S. national security adviser Robert O'Brien on Monday assured the Philippines and Vietnam, countries both locked in maritime rows with China, that Washington has their backs and would fight to keep the Indo-Pacific region free and open. "Our message is we're going to be here, we've got your back, and we're not leaving," said O'Brien, on a visit to the Philippines after concluding a trip to Vietnam on Sunday. "I think when we send that message –  that peace-through-strength message – is the way to deter China. It is a way to ensure the peace," O'Brien said. Vietnam and the Philippines have been the most vocal regional opponents to what they see as Chinese overreach in the South China Sea and its disregard for boundaries outlined in international maritime law. China claims 90% of the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, but Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam each claim parts of it. The United States has long opposed China's expansive claims, sending warships regularly through the strategic waterway to demonstrate freedom of navigation there. China maintains...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Schools in New York City will remain open on Tuesday as the city remains below a key COVID-19 threshold that could shut down schools."We've got a fight ahead to keep them open, but I'm not giving up and you shouldn't give up either," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "Every day that we can keep our schools open is a blessing for our children and our families."de Blasio says learning would go back to remote-only citywide if the positivity rate reaches 3%.RELATED: New York City Positivity TrackerThe mayor added he will be sticking with the three percent threshold in order for schools to remain open. Right now, the 7-day test average is at 2.77%."We said that to give people confidence that we will put health and safety first, and we have put health and safety first and we will put health and safety first," he said. "So we're sticking to that threshold, and I believe there's still a chance to fight back this disease and keep our schools open for a good while...
    Dear Stoner: I left a jar of weed in an Uber the other night. I didn't contact my driver to try to get it back. Should I have? It was really good weed.Rory Dear Rory: We've posed several weed hypotheticals to Uber over the years and received no response, but the ride-share service's square policies have shown us what to expect, with company guidelines banning cannabis transport in Uber rides by both the rider and passenger, even in states with legal cannabis. In fact, Uber drivers have even reported riders for smelling like weed or possessing it during a trip, which has led to warnings and bans from the service. That said, I've bought weed (or learned where to get it) from Uber drivers on numerous occasions while traveling, so it all comes down to the driver. Unsplash/Victor Xok Marijuana Deals Near YouRelated Stories Ask a Stoner: Can I Tip My Uber Driver With Weed? CDOT's Stoned Driving Message Faces Uphill Climb Marijuana Laws in States Surrounding Colorado We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of...
    As the U.S. Senate readies for what could be one of the nastiest political skirmishes in recent history over the potential confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, multiple potential GOP swing votes came out in recent days in support of moving along a Trump nominee -- leading Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to declare "We've got the votes." Notably, on Monday vulnerable Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, said that he would vote to confirm a qualified nominee from the president as did institutionalist Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who is known for his reverence for the Senate's institutional safeguards and his willingness to occasionally buck the president. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, also said that she would evaluate a Trump nominee -- signaling her support for the processing of the nomination ahead of the presidential election. Those three, along with the Republicans who declared their intention to support a Trump nominee over the weekend, give Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a clear path...
    EDDIE HEARN'S lawn was left ruined by Matchroom's Fight Camp - but the promoter insisted it was "greatest thing" the promotion have done. Hearn staged five-fight card events for four weeks running in the back garden of his Brentwood HQ. 2Eddie Hearn revealed the aftermath of Fight Camp online 2Hearn believes Fight Camp was his greatest project to date It finished with Dillian Whyte's upset loss to Alexander Povetkin in their pay-per-view headliner. Hearn revealed the aftermath of Fight Camp online, with his lawn all torn to shreds. But the matchmaker has no regrets, believing it was his greatest project to date. He said: “It’s quite emotional. They’re cleaning it out — Fight Camp’s gone. “It’s mad to think what we did here over the last four weeks. It’s mad to think of that show we did on Saturday. “I cannot look back on this project without thinking this was the greatest thing we’ve ever done.” Hearn plans to speak to the government about when boxing fans can be expected to return. Most read in...
    BORIS Johnson has declared we have a “moral duty” to get kids back in the classroom next month. Yet teachers’ unions are trying to thwart plans to reopen schools in September. ⚠️ Read our UK schools reopening live blog for the latest news & updates   2Class at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Swanley, KentCredit: Paul Edwards - The Sun The National Education Union (NEU) has sent out a 200-point checklist of Covid-19 secure measures to its 500,000 members. Yesterday, the Prime Minister hit the road to inspect the measures schools have put in place. He said: “It’s not right that kids should spend more time out of school. It’s much better for their health and mental wellbeing, and obviously their educational prospects, if everybody comes back full-time in September. It’s our moral duty as a country to make sure that happens.” Thanks to social distancing and hygiene measures, St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Swanley, Kent, fully reopened in June. Here, its head teacher blasts the unions for failing children with their “can’t...
    (CNN)Americans appear to have squandered their ability to flatten the Covid curve, and now the economy, which Republicans and Democrats came together to save with trillions in taxpayer dollars over the spring, is again on the brink.Plans to reopen states are on ice.Plans to reopen schools are being walked back.But finding bipartisan agreement on a new round of stimulus is proving much more difficult.The problemRead MoreNew jobless claims rose 1.4 million this past week, the first increase in 16 weeks. That suggests the burst of economic activity that accompanied the spring fling is over. (The scale of these figures -- millions of people each week! -- has started to feel normal. It's crazy.) Read this from CNN's Anneken Tappe and Tami Luhby:A resurgence in infections and a rollback of reopening plans in several states is making it difficult for people to re-enter the labor force following the pandemic lockdown -- and it could derail the vulnerable US economic recovery.Now consider that the additional $600 per week Congress allotted starting in March to the Covid unemployed expires this week. Read it...
    “We got to get jobs back in the state of Alabama and all over the country,” Tommy Tuberville, a first-time politician and former Auburn University football coach, told “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday. Tuberville was the winner in Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary runoff in Alabama, defeating former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, thanks, in part, to an endorsement from President Trump. The Associated Press projected Tuberville as the winner in the election about 90 minutes after the polls closed in Alabama. “I'm a huge Donald Trump fan,” Tuberville said on Wednesday. He called Trump “a quarterback” saying, “He’s in the pocket and has people hanging all over him, but he's still completing passes.” Tuberville went on to note that “the referendum for Donald Trump last night in Alabama” is that “he is going to take this state overwhelmingly.” TOMMY TUBERVILLE DEFEATS JEFF SESSIONS IN ALABAMA GOP SENATE PRIMARY RUNOFF VideoTuberville said this “country is in trouble” and that is the reason he is running. “We better get control of this country from Washington, D.C., on down to local government and that's the reason I'm running,” he added. Sessions – who was...
    The $999 Skydio 2 self-flying drone is one of the most incredible gadgets I’ve ever touched, but it’s got its fair share of limitations. Two of them: It’s been practically impossible to buy, and we found the nearly crash-proof drone could crash during some landings. But at least those two specific issues may be going away soon. Today, Skydio says it’s back on sale, greatly increasing its production capacity, and the company just issued a huge software update that could make landing your drone way the heck easier. You can check Skydio’s blog post and changelog for the main details, but the grabbiest feature is this: the carrying case that comes with your drone now doubles as an autonomous landing pad. Skydio CEO Adam Bry tells me that landing’s been a tricky problem for an autonomous drone because most people expect them to descend straight down to earth. “If the drone starts to get too creative, people end up being worried,” he says. But in our testing, we found that making...
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