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    Actor Thomas Jane, 53, who had both starred with Anne Heche in several films as well as dated the actress has paid tribute to his ex who is currently in intensive care in a Los Angeles hospital. Heche, also 53, was speeding along a residential street in the Mar Vista area of the city before she lost control of the Mini Clubman she was driving, careening through a hedge and slamming into a family home, before setting both ablaze. 'While Anne and I are no longer an item, todays tragic news was devastating to me and to all who love her. My heart goes out to Anne and her two sons. As of right now Anne is stable and expected to pull through. My thoughts and prayers are with Anne, one of the true talents of her generation. Thank God no one else was hurt,' Thomas Jane told DsilyMail.com.  Jane and Heche were involved with one another as recently as 2020 and had even bought a house together at one point.  Anne Heche and Thomas Jane worked on HBO's Hung...
    Brittney Griner is expected to be swapped by America for the 'Merchant of Death' arms dealer within weeks as Joe Biden scrambles to undo her nine-year prison sentence for smuggling cannabis into the country, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.  Griner was today sentenced to nine years in prison for smuggling a weed pen into Moscow in February. The 31-year-old WNBA star claimed in court it was an 'honest mistake' and that she didn't mean to bring the drugs in.  For weeks, speculation has run rampant that the White House was preparing to negotiate a swap of Griner and Paul Whelan, another US citizen being held in Russian prison, in exchange for Viktor Bout, an arms dealer who was arrested in 2008 in Thailand at the request of the US authorities.  The Russians refused to agree on a deal before Griner's sentence, citing the need for judicial process. Now, Biden - amid a swell of public pressure from Griner's fans in the world of sport and Hollywood - is rushing to have her released.  A source close to the ongoing negotiations told DailyMail.com...
    In this article SBUXGetty ImagesStarbucks is expected to report its fiscal third-quarter earnings after the bell Tuesday. Here's what Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv are expecting: Earnings per share: 75 cents expected Revenue: $8.11 billion expected The coffee giant suspended its fiscal 2022 outlook last quarter, citing the uncertainty caused by Covid lockdowns in China, the company's second-largest market. This quarter, analysts are expecting Starbucks' international same-store sales to drop 14.5%, according to StreetAccount estimates. But Wall Street has more upbeat projections for the company's home market, which is expected to report strong same-store sales growth. Still, CEO Howard Schultz will likely face questions about how the chain expects to fare if consumer spending slows down. Restaurant chains like Chipotle Mexican Grill, Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants and McDonald's have already reported that low-income customers are trading down or visiting less frequently. Starbucks is also facing a union push from its U.S. baristas. More than 200 locations have in favor of unionizing under Workers United, and the union is now pushing the company to extend pay hikes...
    VIDEO2:2602:26Mining industry: Analyst explains why he prefers BHP to Rio TintoSquawk Box Asia Coal prices are soaring and global coal consumption is expected to return to record levels reached almost 10 years ago as the global energy supply crunch continues.  While investors in coal stocks are having a field day thanks to high coal prices, curbs on carbon emissions are taking a backseat as markets and governments scramble to stock up on traditional energy supply amid bottlenecks caused by the Ukraine war, analysts say. Worse, slowing investments in new coal-powered energy facilities have tightened the supply of coal even further, Shaw and Partners senior analyst Peter O'Connor told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on Friday. "Who would have thought dirty ol' coal would have been the best-performing equities in the last financial year. So far this financial year it's also the best-performing sector," O'Connor said.  "And looking at the year ahead through the northern winter with gas prices in Europe and gas supply availability, countries are turning back to coal.  "And supply [of coal] is tight. Why? Because nobody's building capacity and...
    US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan on her trip to Asia, despite warnings from China that its military 'will not sit idly by' if she does.  Senior Taiwanese government officiala and a US official both told CNN that the stop is on her trip, even though it is not on her public itinerary. The Taiwanese official said that she is expected to stay in Taiwan overnight, and the US official added that defense department officials were working on securing a plan to keep her safe, according to CNN.  China said on Monday that its military 'will not sit idly by' if she makes the visit.  The latest warning was issued during a Chinese foreign ministry briefing by pokesperson Zhao Lijian, who said that because of Pelosi's status as the 'No. 3 official of the US government', a visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own, would 'lead to egregious political impact'. Pelosi kicked-off a tour of four Asian countries in the early hours of Monday morning in Singapore amid intense speculation that she may risk...
    (CNN)As the death toll in flood-stricken areas of Kentucky continues to rise, rescue workers and officials are focused on recovering missing people in several counties and coordinating vital aid for thousands of displaced residents. At least 28 people, including four children, have died due to severe flooding that struck parts of Kentucky last week, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Sunday. The governor told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he believes recovery crews are "going to be finding bodies for weeks, many of them swept hundreds of yards, maybe a quarter-mile plus from where they were last."While reading a breakdown of those killed in each county during a news conference Sunday, Beshear became visibly emotional when he reached the four children dead in Knott County, where 15 people have been found dead. Unidentified man saves grandmother and her relatives as their home is nearly swallowed by Kentucky floodwaters"It says 'minors,'" the governor said looking at the list. "They are children. The oldest one is in second grade," Beshear said. The flooding -- which swelled onto roads, destroyed bridges and swept away...
    (CNN)Record flash flooding along the North Fork Kentucky River is surging into the Kentucky River, raising river levels.The North Fork Kentucky River and the creeks that feed into it in eastern Kentucky spilled over the banks Thursday as more extreme rain amounts fell across the region. The flood levels in Whitesburg, Kentucky surpassed a previous record set in 1957 by over 5 feet, according to provisional automatic data from the United States Geological Survey.The gauge has since stopped reporting data."This gauge was destroyed by floodwaters on 7/28/2022. We are working to get a temporary one installed as soon as possible," the USGS said.Nearby creeks, including the Carr Creek Lake near Sassafras, Kentucky, rose over 15 feet in less than 12 hours, according to a USGS gauge, but are now leveling off or falling.Read MoreThe North Fork Kentucky River gauge, located down the river in Jackson, Kentucky, crested around 2:30 a.m. EDT this morning at 43.47 feet, setting a new record. The previous record crest was 43.10 feet, set on February 4, 1939.Water levels are still in a major flood stage...
    Chicago Bears center Lucas Patrick is expected to need surgery on his right hand, a source told the Tribune’s Brad Biggs on Friday. Patrick signed a two-year, $8 million contract to be the Bears starter this offseason, and his injury is a blow to an offensive line with a lot of uncertainty. But the timing of it this early in camp could be a positive, especially if Patrick is able to work his way back into the lineup by the season opener. Patrick was injured during Thursday’s practice and walked off with a trainer while holding his right arm up. He eventually took a cart to the locker room and didn’t return to practice. Bears rookie Doug Kramer took over at center. Sam Mustipher also has experience at center but has been practicing at right guard. Bears coach Matt Eberflus didn’t speak to reporters after practice Thursday but will have a scheduled news conference Friday. Patrick is a leader on a line with several rookies and second-year players, and he still will be able to lend his advice to the...
    (CNN)At least eight people are dead and hundreds of homes ruined following catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky on Thursday, and as rescuers work around the clock to reach difficult-to-access areas amid continuing storms, officials say the death toll is expected to rise. Swollen floodwaters washed out bridges, wiped out power and sent some residents scrambling to their rooftops as water gushed into their homes. Some families' houses and cars were submerged or swept away completely by the flooding, which has been exacerbated by creeks and grounds already soaked from ongoing rainfall."We are currently experiencing one of the worst, most devastating flooding events in Kentucky's history," Gov. Andy Beshear said during a news conference Thursday morning. She awoke by a flash flood warning. In less than an hour, her familys home was washed awayBeshear later warned that the destruction is far from over as more rainfall is expected Friday. Eastern Kentucky has a slight to moderate risk of flash flooding through Friday evening as an additional one to three inches are possible throughout the day, according to the Weather Prediction...
    China's President Xi Jinping waves following his speech after a ceremony to inaugurate the city's new leader and government in Hong Kong on July 1, 2022, on the 25th anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China.Selim Chtayti | AFP | Getty Images President Xi Jinping will need to confront China's several major economic challenges after he secures a widely expected unprecedented third term in office, according to veteran investor David Roche. Roche said Xi will very likely "sail through" his confirmation as China's top party chief in the upcoming National Congress meeting, which sets the stage for him to secure another five-year term as the country's leader. There won't be any "real resistance to him at senior levels of the communist party,," he added at the Congress party meeting due to be held later this year. "He faces a lot of challenges. Not only the external challenges of Taiwan, which is certainly not getting any closer to China, but he faces the economic challenges," Roche, president and global strategist at Independent Strategy, told CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia" on...
    The computer giant saw its net profit fall 10.5% to $19.4 billion, but it came in above analysts’ expectations. Apple on Thursday posted better-than-expected results for the April-June period, with sales of its flagship iPhone still strong. The computer giant’s net profit fell 10.5% to $19.4 billion. But the latter came in above analysts’ expectations, as did the turnover (83 billion). Apple shares rose more than 3% in electronic trading on Wall Street. Mac sales are down Apple sold $40.7 billion worth of smartphones in the third quarter of its trailing fiscal year (April to June), slightly more than last year. Given the economic slowdown, some analysts fear that demand for this expensive device will weaken. Apple’s services business, which includes the App Store and iCloud in particular, also maintained solid growth (12%). On the other hand, sales of Mac computers fell by 10%, as did iPad tablets (-2%) and connected objects and apparel (-8%). Revenue growth is decelerating compared to previous quarters, however, the lowest since the quarter ended September 2020. The group warned in April of disruptions due...
    In this article GSBD CMI Shipping containers are seen at a terminal inside the Port of Oakland as independent truck driver continue protesting against California's new law known as AB5, in Oakland, California, July 21, 2022.Carlos Barria | ReutersEconomists are forecasting the economy barely grew in the second quarter, and some expect that it actually contracted. The estimates show the economy may have grown by several tenths of a percent. Goldman Sachs expects a 1% increase, while Moody's Economics sees a 1% decline. The sluggish growth forecasts follow the 1.6% decline in first quarter. But there are plenty of forecasts for a shrinking economy, including the Atlanta Fed's GDP Now tracker, which has negative 1.2% for the period. That would make it the second negative GDP report in a row, one of the signals that the economy is in recession. However, economists are careful to point out that the strong labor market and other factors make a recession unlikely for now. They also note the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official arbiter of recession calls, is also not...
    The Federal Reserve will release its newest policy statement on Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to hike its key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point to battle high inflation.  As economic growth sputters, the central bank is caught in an awkward dance as it attempts to tamp down inflation with higher rates without tipping the country into a recession.  Markets will be carefully watching Fed Chair Jerome Powell's press conference at 2.30pm for signs of how aggressive the central bank is prepared to move against inflation at its next meeting in September.  A three-quarter point hike would bring the U.S. central bank to a mile marker of sorts as it reaches a level of around 2.4 percent that is estimated to no longer encourage economic activity.  The Federal Reserve will release its newest policy statement on Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to hike its key interest rate by 0.75 points. Pictured: Fed Chair Jerome Powell It will represent one of the fastest-ever gear changes in U.S. monetary policy - just over four months ago the policy rate was near...
    In this article MCD\A sign is posted in front of a McDonald's restaurant on April 28, 2022 in San Leandro, California.Justin Sullivan | Getty ImagesMcDonald's is expected to report its second-quarter earnings before the bell on Tuesday. Here's what Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv are expecting: Earnings per share: $2.47 expected Revenue: $5.81 billion expected Last quarter, McDonald's was one of the few fast-food chains to warn that it was seeing some low-income consumers trade down to cheaper meals. Investors will be watching to see if the trend worsens, particularly in the company's home market. Wall Street is expecting U.S. same-store sales growth of 2.8%, according to StreetAccount estimates. The company is also facing pushback at home from many of its U.S. franchisees over proposed changes to ownership terms and its grading system for operators. An overwhelming majority of franchisees surveyed by the National Owners Association, an independent advocacy group for McDonald's operators, backed a no-confidence vote in McDonald's CEO Chris Kempczinski and Joe Erlinger, the company's U.S. President . Outside the U.S., analysts are predicting strong...
    In this article KO Coca-Cola is expected to report its second-quarter earnings before the bell Tuesday. Here's what Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv are expecting: Earnings per share: 67 cents expected Revenue: $10.56 billion expected To manage higher costs on freight, high fructose corn syrup and aluminum, the maker of brands including Sprite, Dasani and Minute Maid has raised prices for consumers. But CEO James Quincey said in April that the company knows that consumers won't swallow inflation endlessly. Last quarter, Coke reiterated its full-year outlook of revenue growth of 7% to 8% and comparable earnings per share growth of 5% to 6%. Before the pandemic, the Atlanta-based beverage giant generated about half of its revenue from away-from-home occasions, like soda purchases at movie theaters or restaurants. If consumers start staying home to cut down on their spending, Coke's sales could soften. Earlier in July, rival PepsiCo reported organic sales growth of 13% during its second quarter, fueled largely by higher prices for its snacks and drinks. Pepsi executives said that they expect inflation to worsen in...
    (CNN)After searing heat suffocated large swathes of the US this weekend, the coming days are expected to bring more moderate temperatures to areas of the Northeast, while temperatures in the Pacific Northwest will begin to intensify. The sweltering temperatures broke several records over the weekend and prompted local officials to declare heat emergencies. Cities baking under the prolonged heat also moved to provide relief measures, including cooling stations, splash pads and additional outreach to people experiencing homelessness. Concern for participants' safety pushed organizers of the New York City Triathlon to dramatically cut race distances and urge athletes to stay hydrated. Boston's annual triathlon event was postponed until next month due to the city's blistering heat, which hit a daily record of 100 degrees Sunday. The rising cost of energy and limited access to housing with A/C is creating a dangerous summer for low-income TexansThe weekend saw sizzling temperatures that put more than 90 million people under excessive heat alerts Sunday across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Ohio River Valley, and Central Plains. Northeastern cities were particularly hard hit, as several broke...
    A still image from "Stranger Things 3."Source: NetflixWhat I am looking at July 20, 2022 Netflix (NFLX) lost fewer subscribers than expected during the second quarter. Will Netflix really rein in their content budge? I expected more from the company. Emphasis remains on big-budget films like "Gray Man" and series like "Stranger Things" season four. Management also said it planned to unveil it's ad-supported tier in early 2023 ... weird circular reasoning for choosing Microsoft (MSFT) as partner for that offering. Netflix shares rose 6% in the premarket. Many superfluous price target cuts on the Street. Stifel upgrades NFLX to buy from hold.
    Netflix is expected to report a loss of up to 2million subscribers with the release of its second quarter financial report this afternoon.  The staggering number was predicted in its last report issued in April, in which it was announced that the streaming giant had suffered a net loss of 200,00 subscribers since the start of 2022 - its first decline in a decade. The report is due on the heels of a subscription policy rollout in Latin America intended to test strategies for cracking down on password sharing, which Netflix has fingered as a primary cause for its plummeting numbers.  The streaming service will ask subscribers in five Latin American countries to pay an additional fee if they are consistently using the platform in a different household. Users in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Argentina will receive a notification on their account if it has been used for more than two weeks outside of their primary residence. They will be asked to fork over an additional $2.99 ($1.70 in Argentina) on top of their regular subscription...
    (CNN)A Texas House investigative committee is expected to release a preliminary report Sunday on the Uvalde, Texas, school massacre that left 21 people dead, more than a month after the group began its search for answers.The report is expected to focus on the facts of the attack, include a chronological sequence of events, a timeline, a law enforcement manifest, and details on the shooter, a source previously told CNN. It is expected to clarify conflicting accounts of what happened, include verbatim quotes from sworn testimony, and show that the law enforcement failure that day was much greater than one person or one agency, one source has said. Interactive: How law enforcement's narrative of the Uvalde massacre has changed Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police chief and officers, the district superintendent, the school's principal, a teacher and custodial staff are among those who testified behind closed doors to the committee -- with roughly 40 people testifying, according to one source.Republican state Rep. Dustin Burrows, the committee chairman, said last month the group...
    Jane Fraser, CEO of Citi, says she is convinced Europe will fall into recession as it faces the impact of the war in Ukraine and the resultant energy crisis.Patrick T. Fallon | AFP | Getty Images Citigroup is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings before the opening bell Friday. Here's what Wall Street expects: Earnings per share: $1.68, according to Refinitiv Revenue: $18.22 billion, 4.2% higher than a year earlier, according to Refinitiv Trading Revenue: Fixed Income, $4.06 billion; Equities, $1.31 billion, according to StreetAccount Investment Banking: $922.8 million Having a low stock price hasn't protected Citigroup from further declines. It's the cheapest of the six biggest U.S. banks from a valuation perspective, having declined 27% this year. On Thursday, Citigroup shares hit a fresh 52-week low. How will Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser begin to turn the tide? Fraser has announced plans to exit retail banking markets outside the U.S. and set medium-term return targets in March. But there are no easy answers. Bank stocks have been hammered this year over concerns that the U.S. is facing a recession,...
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on July 13, 2022 in New York City. Michael M. Santiago | Getty ImagesWhat I am looking at July 14, 2022 Another market decline based on the same thing? Seems reasonable. There will be an increase in food prices until the consumer trades down and that has not yet happened. Brent crude lowest since March, coming back to where it was before the Russia's war against Ukraine started as Moscow floods world with oil. Bank of America's new S&P 500 price target of 3,600 is the lowest on Wall Street. That's a 5% decline from Wednesday's close. Down about 21% now. Recession usually off 31%. We seem to be trading totally on the 2-year/10-year Treasury yield inversion, a signal of a recession ahead, and not on earnings … until today? June producer price index, which measures wholesale inflation, rose 11.3% on a year over year basis. But that's not quiet as high as the March increase. Confirms hot inflation seen in consumer price index. But CPI was...
    In this article JPMJPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon speaks at the North America's Building Trades Unions (NABTU) 2019 legislative conference in Washington, U.S., April 9, 2019.Jeenah Moon | ReutersJPMorgan Chase is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings before the opening bell Thursday. Here's what Wall Street expects: Earnings: $2.88 per share, according to Refinitiv Revenue: $31.95 billion, 1.8% higher than a year earlier Net Interest Income: $14.98 billion, according to StreetAccount Trading Revenue: Fixed income $5.14 billion, Equities $2.96 billion Investment Banking fees: $1.9 billion JPMorgan, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, will be watched closely for clues on how the banking industry fared during a quarter marked by conflicting trends. On the one hand, unemployment levels remained low, meaning consumers and businesses should have little difficulty repaying loans. Rising interest rates and loan growth mean that banks' core lending activity is becoming more profitable. And volatility in financial markets has been a boon to fixed income traders. But analysts have begun slashing earnings estimates for the sector on concern about a looming recession, and most big bank stocks...
    A majority of voters say President Joe Biden’s economy has sunk into a recession, a Wednesday Politico/Morning Consult poll revealed. Sixty-five percent of respondents believe the economy is in a recession, while 20 percent say it is not. Fifteen percent decline to answer. On Wednesday, inflation rose to an annual rate of 9.1 percent in June, according to the Department of Labor. This is the highest rate since 1981. Breitbart News reported: Compared with a month earlier, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index was up 1.3 percent. Economists had expected CPI to rise at an annual rate of 8.8 percent, up from 8.6 percent in May. They expected a month-over-month increase of 1.1 percent. Inflation has American families hard by raising prices for everyday necessities like food, gasoline, housing, transportation, and utilities. Huge increases in the price of gasoline in June, which hit new all-time highs several times during the month, started to sap household and business spending on other items. The poll also found that only 34 percent of voters approve of how Biden has managed the economy. Only 12...
    Source: Getty Images June's headline consumer price index is expected to have been even hotter than May's report, but consumer inflation may have finally peaked given the decline in oil and gasoline prices in July. Headline CPI is expected to rise by 1.1%, compared with 1% in May, according to Dow Jones. On a year-over-year basis, CPI is seen rising by 8.8%, up from May's 8.6%, the highest since 1981. Core inflation, on the other hand, is expected to continue to cool, slowing now for a third month. Excluding energy and food, June's core CPI was expected to rise 0.5%, compared with 0.6% in May. That would be a 5.7% year-over-year jump in June, down from 6% in May. Core CPI peaked at 6.5% in March. CPI is reported at 8:30 a.m. ET Wednesday. While economists expect June may finally be the hottest month for headline consumer inflation, they also caution that it will depend on what happens to energy prices, and that remains an unknown. Since the beginning of the month, West Texas Intermediate oil futures have fallen 9%,...
    A high-pressure “heat dome” that has covered the Western region since late last week moved wider over California and the Bay Area region over the weekend but is about to be met with resistance, according to the National Weather Service. The result: Temperatures that were expected to soar over 100 degrees in Brentwood and into the mid-to-high 90s in the rest of the Bay Area’s hot spots Monday are likely to be down 10-12 degrees by Tuesday. A low-pressure system descending from the Gulf of Alaska figures to be the culprit. “Picture somebody in football who’s running and all of a sudden here comes a defender who delivers a blow. That’s gonna stop the runner and maybe push him back a bit, maybe stop him,” NWS meteorologist Drew Peterson said Monday. “That’s what you’re going to see here with this heat dome that’s been expanding.” The intersection of the two systems will happen from Tuesday through Thursday, according to Peterson, and “cause the heat dome to be compressed and that’s going to create the cooler conditions.” On Monday, the region...
    AMERICAN Pickers is gearing up to sell games, sports gear and more, as host Mike Wolfe will likely earn royalties after Frank Fritz’s firing.  Mike, 58, stars on American Pickers alongside cast member Danielle Colby and his brother Robbie, who replaced Frank, 58 after he was fired from the series in July 2021.  5American Pickers is expanding their merchandise with games and toysCredit: Social Media - Refer to source 5This comes after fan-favorite Frank Fritz was fired from the seriesCredit: Coleman-Rayner The Sun can exclusively reveal that despite low ratings after Frank’s firing, the series is planning to cash in by expanding their merchandise.  According to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the show filed an “American Pickers” trademark in April 2021 and was approved in May 2022.  The trademark covers games including puzzles, cards, darts, party games, amusement game machines, electronic game machines in the nature of video game machines and board games.  Toys under the trademark include plush toys, stuffed toys, musical toys, toy models, toy cars, toy weapons and water toys, action figures, bath toys, construction...
    Part Owner and Executive Chef Steve Kemper, prepares food in the kitchen at the Go Fish! Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, April 8, 2021.Ben Hasty | MediaNews Group | Reading Eagle via Getty Images June's employment report is expected to show strong hiring continues across a broad range of industries, and that the labor market may so far be untouched by concerns about a recession on the horizon. According to Dow Jones, economists expect 250,000 jobs were added last month, down from 390,000 in May. Economists also expect the unemployment rate to remain flat at 3.6%, and wages are expected to rise 0.3%, about the same as May. The report is released at 8:30 a.m. ET Friday. "Overall, we're looking for a very solid jobs report. I think there's been some concerns about a slowdown in consumer spending and the housing sector, but that's not showing up yet in the labor market," said Aditya Bhave, senior U.S. and global economist at Bank of America. Bhave expects stronger job growth at 325,000, but he expects the pace...
    A GEOMAGNETIC storm is expected to hit Earth's magnetic field tomorrow – here's what you need to know. A massive solar flare erupted from the Sun last Friday, and now experts predict a geomagnetic storm will follow. 1Illustration of a coronal mass ejection impacting the Earth s atmosphere.Credit: Getty A solar fare is an eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface. When this energy hit Earth's magnetic field, they are called 'solar storms'. While Friday's solar flare did not impact Earth, it did send "some dense solar wind plasma in our direction", according to SpaceWeather.com. Now NOAA experts say that the winds will culminate in a G1-class geomagnetic storm. Read more on solar flaresBURNING UP What is a solar flare and why do they keep hitting Earth?SPACE ALERT Solar storm 'snowplows' past Earth and could cause problems with power grid Geomagnetic storms are defined as "a major disturbance of Earth's magnetosphere that occurs when there is a very efficient exchange of energy from the solar wind into the space environment surrounding Earth," per NOAA. "These storms result from...
    (CNN)After the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, medical professionals across the country are using their TikTok accounts to show support and offer help to obstetricians and gynecologists who may be facing an increased demand for abortion care in states where the procedure is still legal.Set to a song by the Chainsmokers with the lyrics "if we go down, then we go down together," professionals across fields of medicine are listing the skills they have that can be utilized to assist in that care. Dr. Pamela Mehta, an orthopedic surgeon in California, said she was not surprised by the court's decision, but said "it did feel like a sucker punch to the gut in the sense that this made it official that we have literally turned back the clock and our own daughters have less rights than our, you know, their moms and their grandmothers have."She posted the first in a series of videos on the social media app shortly after the decision was announced. Mehta thinks that health care has been in crisis over the last few years...
    The monkeypox virus strain that has emerged across the world in recent weeks may be evolving at an abnormally fast rate - making it more infectious than previous versions of the virus. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that the virus has replicated up to 12 times its expected pace since 2018. This means that the virus, which is generally believed to spread by physical touch, contaminated surfaces or very close bodily contact could be able to spread in ways atypical to the tropical viruses normal patterns. It would explain the recent global monkeypox update, where 201 cases have been detected across 25 U.S. states and Washington D.C., with over 3,500 cases detected worldwide in countries where the virus is not endemic. Researchers found that the current strain of the monkeypox virus that has caused worldwide outbreaks of the tropical virus is mutating at a speed 12 times what is expected of it. This potentially makes it more transmissible Researchers, whose findings are pending official publishing in nature, collected and studied 15 samples of the monkeypox...
    MONKEYPOX is mutating 12 times faster than expected as cases continue to rise around the world. As of Friday the UK had 910 confirmed cases - including 873 in England, 26 in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland and eight in Wales. 1Monkeypox cases continue to spreadCredit: Getty Anyone can get the illness - more so if you have been in contact or had sexual contact with someone with symptoms. Now a new study has revealed that it is mutating far more quickly than was expected - with scientists saying it is on a course of “accelerated evolution”. The study, published in medical journal Nature Medicine has shown that the mutation of the virus was six to 12 times higher than previously thought. Normally mutations would occur once or twice a year in a virus. Most read in Health NewsSIDE EFFECTS Warning to anyone who’s had Covid over risk of brain complicationsNEXT COVID New Disease X could arrive in UK any day as 'major outbreak on the horizon'FREAK ACCIDENT I had to have my arm AMPUTATED after I grazed my knuckles...
    SOCIAL Security provides vital payments to millions of retired Americans each month. The average Social Security benefit in 2022 is $1,657, while beneficiaries can receive up to $4,194 a month. 1Social Security benefits more than 65million Americans every year The Social Security Administration calculates your benefit amount by taking an average of your earned wages over the 35 highest-earning years of your career. Benefit amounts are adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation, and this cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2022 was a 5.9% boost from 2021's benefits. However, other factors impact how much beneficiaries receive, including their past decisions and current finances. If you're receiving less than you expected, it may be due to one of the following reasons. READ MORE ON SOCIAL SECURITYEXTRA CASH Social Security COLA may rise $336 more a month in 2023UNDER PAID The 10 states where seniors get the least in Social Security benefits 1. You claimed too early If you claim benefits as early as possible, which is the age of 62, your benefit amount will be permanently reduced by up to 30%....
    Mother Jones illustration; Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.Well, folks, the decision is here. As expected, in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of bypassing the precedents established in the 1973 Roe v. Wade and 1992 Casey v. Planned Parenthood rulings and upholding a law passed by Mississippi in 2019 that bans abortion at 15 weeks. The opinion nullifies the constitutional right to an abortion and significantly weakens the right to privacy, which will likely spell more trouble ahead for contraceptive rights and LGBTQ+ rights. More immediately, 13 states have trigger laws on the books that will ban abortion immediately. (The procedure is already banned in Oklahoma, which didn’t even wait for SCOTUS to rule.) Today’s ruling gutting abortion rights has been expected since early May, when Politico published a leaked draft of the opinion, in which Justice Samuel Alito declared, “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected...
    The House of Representatives quickly picked up the gun control legislation that was passed by the Senate Thursday night and is expected to pass the package around lunchtime Friday.  The House Rules committee met at 7 a.m. and voted on a rule for the bill, kicking it to the House floor for debate and a full vote.  President Joe Biden is headed to Germany and then Spain early Saturday morning for G7 and NATO meetings - and could sign the legislation before he departs.  The package is the most significant firearms legislation in decades.  It received a 65-33 vote in the U.S. Senate late Thursday night, after a month of negotiations that eventually found a compromise on one of the country's most contentious political issues.  It passed after 15 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, ignored former President Donald Trump's demand they vote against it.  'I don't think I could agree with Senator Mitch McConnell on where to go to have lunch,' remarked Rep. Jim McGovern, a Massachusetts Democrat, as he kicked off debate on the House floor...
    (CNN)The House is expected to pass a bipartisan bill on Friday to address gun violence that will amount to the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. Once the House has approved the measure, it will go to President Joe Biden to be signed into law, marking a significant bipartisan breakthrough on one of the most contentious policy issues in Washington. The Senate passed the bill in a late-night vote Thursday. The measure includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.It also makes significant changes to the process when someone ages 18 to 21 goes to buy a firearm and closes the so-called boyfriend loophole, a victory for Democrats, who have long fought for that.The package represents the most significant new federal legislation to address gun violence since the expired 10-year assault weapons ban of 1994 -- though it fails to ban any weapons and falls far short of what Democrats and polls show most Americans want to see.Read...
    Getty When is the Roe v. Wade decision expected? When is the Roe v. Wade decision expected? Possibly on Friday, June 24, 2022. Opinions are posted in 10-minute intervals and can be found here. Technically, the abortion case is called Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. On June 22, 2022, SCOTUS blog wrote: “The Supreme Court has added another opinion day this week. The court will issue opinions on both Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. EDT. There are 13 cases that still remain to be decided.” However, when the decisions came down on Thursday, they did not include Roe. That has all eyes turning to 10 a.m. Friday. Here’s the court’s opinion day calendar. Only June 24 is remaining as an opinion day. The New York Post notes that the court could still add additional days. Thus, some people think the Dobbs decision will come down next week (the last week of June) because the court still has nine decisions to release, which is a lot for a single day. Journalist Shannon Bream believes, if the decision...
    (CNN)A Florida judge said he plans to issue an order within the next two weeks regarding a lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito's parents against the parents of Brian Laundrie.In a complaint filed in March, Joseph Petito and Nichole Schmidt alleged Christopher and Roberta Laundrie knew their son killed Petito and that they "acted with malice or great indifference" by not disclosing where her remains were. In their court filings, Petito's parents also said Laundrie's parents "exhibited extreme and outrageous conduct" and requested "just compensation for the damages they have suffered, together with costs, and such other relief." A timeline of 22-year-old Gabby Petitos case Laundrie's parents have filed a motion to dismiss the civil lawsuit.Petito, whose disappearance last summer gripped the nation, was found dead in Wyoming after embarking on a cross-country trip with Laundrie, who was her fiance. A coroner ruled she died by strangulation. After returning to their Florida home alone and then leaving again, Laundrie was found dead weeks later. A medical examiner ruled he died by suicide. Read MoreCircuit Court Judge Hunter Carroll's announcement Wednesday came...
    By Taylor Johnson | Bloomberg More than a quarter of the 790 abortion clinics operating in the US would shut down if the Supreme Court overturns federal protections for abortions, according to a study released this week by Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health. The top court’s ruling on a case overturning Roe v. Wade, which guarantees the right to an abortion in the US, is expected by the end of this month. A leaked draft of an opinion showed that court would overrule the landmark precedent. In that case, there are about a dozen states that have “trigger laws” on the books, which would immediately make abortion illegal in those places. More restrictions are expected to follow, and even ahead of the ruling clinics in some states have stopped or limited their operations. The study estimates 202 clinics would close across the country. Related Articles National Politics | Some clinics halt abortions while waiting for Roe decision National Politics | NY Gov. Hochul signs bills to bolster abortion protections National Politics | How...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Wildfire smoke originating in New Mexico and Arizona will stream back into Colorado Thursday night and Friday. The smoke will combine with intense heat to create a hazy start to the weekend. For the Denver metro area, the smoke is not expected to be as thick as it was back on Monday, but air quality will suffer and visibility will be impacted. Models used to show where wildfire smoke will travel and how thick it will be agree the worse situation will be in southern Colorado and particularly in the San Luis Valley region where the smoke should be quite thick by midnight Thursday night. (source: CBS) Smoke in the air around Denver and along the Front Range should not be thick enough to notice until early Friday morning. The smoke is then expected to get progressively worse through the day but likely will not reach the point of saturation it did on Monday. Still, an air quality alert for smoke is expected to be issued for some areas on Friday. (source: CBS) With most of the...
    US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2022.Jim Watson | AFP | Getty Images The Federal Reserve on Wednesday is expected to do something it hasn't done in 28 years — increase interest rates by three quarters of a percentage point. In response to soaring inflation and volatile financial markets, the central bank will hike the rate that banks charge each other for overnight borrowing to a range of 1.5%-1.75%, where it hasn't been since before the pandemic crisis began. That rate feeds through to consumer borrowing, impacting virtually all adjustable-rate products such as credit cards and home equity loans. Along with the rate increase, here's a quick look at what the Fed also likely will do: Adjust its future outlook for interest rates via its "dot plot" of individual members' expectations. Update its outlook for gross domestic product, inflation and unemployment. Economists figure the Fed will decrease its expectations for GDP this year while raising forecasts for inflation and the unemployment rate. Change the language in its post-meeting...
    The climate crisis continues to bite in the U.S. this week with nearly one-third of people in the country living under heat advisories and warnings on Tuesday as high temperatures were reported from the Gulf Coast to the Upper Midwest and across the Southeast. More than 107 million people are being advised to stay indoors as possible to avoid record-setting heatwaves that have been reported across the country in recent days, moving eastward and expected to continue for at least the next two weeks. The National Weather Service (NWS) posted a map showing the maximum temperature forecast for the next week, with South Texas and Georgia residents expected to face 102°F heat and temperatures reaching 105° in parts of South Carolina and Nebraska. "Dangerous, record-setting heat to continue from the Upper Midwest to the Southeast through midweek," the NWS said. The warning was indicative of "the new normal" created by the climate crisis, tweeted the progressive advocacy group Roots Action. As Common Dreams reported on Tuesday, the heatwave comes as the Yellowstone National Park area faces catastrophic flooding which swept...
    An Arizona TikToker is using the record-breaking heat to his advantage by cooking burgers, steaks and even a cake inside his car during record-breaking heat. The national heatwave hit this week with more than 50 million Americans under heat advisories as a crippling heat dome settles over the bakes the southwestern and central United States.  A video posted by Joe Brown in Arizona has gone viral showing just how hot it is - so hot, you can grill a burger!  In the video, Brown places raw hamburger patties and buns on a tray and places it on the dash of his vehicle in Phoenix, Arizona. At point, he uses a thermometer to check the temperature which shows that it's 203 degrees inside the car. He takes the burgers out and devours them, giving the camera a thumbs up.  The record-breaking temperatures are expected to span nationwide this week.   A large swath of the nation, stretching from central Nebraska to West Virginia, north into Wisconsin and south into Mississippi will see the heat index rise from Monday morning until midweek, the National...
    ZINEDINE ZIDANE is expected to take over as the new manager of Paris Saint-Germain despite being a life-long Marseille fan. PSG are expected to sack former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and appoint Zidane as his successor. 2Zidane was in attendance at the Monaco Grand PrixCredit: Getty 2Pochettino's time as PSG boss is set to come to an endCredit: The Mega Agency According to Mundo Deportivo's Ramon Fuentes, Zidane is travelling to Qatar to finalise the agreement, with formal completion expected by tomorrow. However, Zizou would be taking up the job at the French Champions despite his love for long-standing Ligue 1 rivals Marseille. In 2017, while he was still Real Madrid manager, Zidane revealed his love for the city he was born in. He told Europe1.fr: "Marseille is the club of my heart. READ MORE ON FOOTBALLMAUR GOODBYES Pochettino 'to be SACKED by PSG with Zinedine Zidane lined up as replacement' "It is good to see Marseille coming up slowly and beginning something special but it is a long-term job. "I was in the stands when...
    The Queen will miss this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, with Prince Charles being lined up to represent her. Senior figures around the sporting competition have told the Daily Mail that due to her increasing frailty the 96-year-old monarch, who is also Head of the Commonwealth, is not expected to attend. The Prince of Wales is set to stand in for his mother at the opening ceremony next month, with an extensive turnout from other members of the Royal Family given that the competition is on home ground. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are likely to attend on several days, possibly along with their children. The Queen and the Earl of Wessex with Dame Louise Martin, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, at the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay for Birmingham 2022 in October 2021 Queen Elizabeth II arrives to symbolically lead the lighting of the principal Jubilee beacon at Windsor Castle on Thursday June 2 Her Majesty gets the ribbon entangled in the hair of Debbie Brill of Canada, as she presents her with the gold medal for...
    Chiquita Brooks-LaSure testifies before the Senate Finance Committee during her nomination hearing to be administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington on Thursday, April 15, 2021.Caroline Brehman | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images In her first year as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Chiquita Brooks-Lasure has overseen the expansion of government health coverage to a record number of Americans under Medicare, Medicaid and private Affordable Care Act exchange plans. Now, she wants to keep them insured. "We cover over 150 million people as a result of all of the hard work of the agency really enrolling people in coverage. So, we are a huge payer, and we help dictate coverage in this country … and have a powerful opportunity to advance health equity," Brooks-Lasure explained. In the year ahead, one of the agency's biggest challenges will be to create a smooth transition for millions of Medicaid members who could lose coverage when the Covid Public Health Emergency ends. Under the federal health emergency, states have put eligibility redeterminations on hold...
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a 'heightened threat advisory' on Tuesday, warning of an increased risk of 'mass casualty violence' nationwide fueled by extremist ideologies and personal beliefs. Incidents could be motivated by the looming Supreme Court decision that could wipe out federal abortion protections granted by Roe v. Wade, after a draft opinion leaked by Politico indicated the Justices were poised to do so and sparked demonstrations across the country. DHS also warned that 'domestic violent extremists' could use changes in the US-Mexico border enforcement system as a reason to carry out attacks against 'minorities and law enforcement officials' - just weeks after a judge blocked the Biden administration from lifting a pandemic-era expulsion policy known as Title 42. Further political violence could come as the November midterm elections near, which will decide which party controls Congress for the remainder of President Joe Biden's term, the bulletin suggests. It's set to expire at the end of that month.  And as the country still reels from the horrific shooting of 19 elementary school students and their two teachers...
    After a cool and cloudy weekend, Southern California can expect to see the heat return next week, particularly in inland, valley and desert areas, forecasters say. The heat wave will likely be the hottest of the season, with some areas seeing temperatures spike by 20 degrees or more, said Eric Boldt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Some inland areas could could see triple digit temperatures as early as midweek. Coastal regions and most of the Los Angeles metro area “will not be that hot — closer to 10 degrees above normal,” he said. For example, while the temperature in downtown L.A. is normally about 75 degrees this time of year, temperatures are expected to be closer to 85 by late next week. For the weekend, cooling onshore winds will create a coastal eddy, spinning low clouds and fog inland during nights and mornings in a typical seasonal pattern, with temperatures ranging from the high 60s to mid-70s along the coast. Early June is the most gloomy time of year in Southern California, but that...
    More than half of Florida is in the crosshairs of what may become Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to form Friday and become the first tropical storm of the season, according to the National Weather Service.  The storm is forecast to make landfall in Florida on Saturday morning.   This storm is comprised of the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, the weather system that lashed Mexico's Pacific coast with winds of around 105 mph.  Hurricane Agatha resulted in mudslides and flooding which killed at least 11 people and left 20 more missing.  The weather center said that the storm could result in coastal flooding of 1-3 feet above ground in the southwestern part of the state as well as in the Florida Keys. Metro Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach may also be impacted. Inland, up to 10 inches of rain is expected. Warnings are in place for possible flooding in Southwestern Florida, The Bahamas and Cuba Changing wind speeds from the Gulf of Mexico are likely to prevent the storm from becoming a hurricane Coastal area of flood could...
    The Connecticut government is offering a $150,000 salary to the state's first 'misinformation spotter,' ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.  The official job title will be security analyst, and the individual will be expected to combat misinformation 'on a full-time' basis, The New York Times first reported. Their job will be to identify and flag information that they think may significantly disrupt election activities, and to boost the public's confidence in the fairness and accuracy of results.  It is all part of a massive campaign against alleged misinformation funded by Democrat Governor Ned Lamont, and overseen by Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. Merril, who has joined other state secretaries on the #TrustedInfo2022 national public education effort, called misinformation 'the issue of our lifetime.' 'With the 2022 elections fast approaching, it is important to remember that election officials are the trusted sources for accurate election information,' Secretary Merrill said in January. The job's appealing salary, $150,000, is just below twice the average income for a resident in the Constitution State.  The job listing is part of a massive campaign against misinformation funded by...
    A beloved Chicago fixture known as 'the Walking Man' is clinging to life after a self-described 'angry person' with a dollar sign face tattoo doused him with gasoline then set him ablaze. He burned for three minutes. The prognosis is grim for Joseph Kormelis, 75, a homeless man known to residents in the Windy City for wandering around with his long flowing hair and his bushy mustache. Documentaries have been made about his perambulations. According to the Cook County State's Attorney, Joseph Guardia, 23, of Melrose Park, poured a cup of gas on Kormelis on May 25 shortly before 3 a.m. as he slept under some blankets in front of a parking garage and then set him on fire. Guardia, who has his own distinct look with a dollar sign face tattoo, was arraigned on charges of attempted first degree murder and aggravated arson on Monday and held without bail. 'The Walking Man' Joseph Kormelis, 75, has been likened to the Greek composer, Yani, was part of the Chicago streetscape Joseph Guardia, 23, of Melrose Park, a self-described 'angry person' is...