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    The average price for a gallon of gas in the US has risen for a fifth day in a row after interest rates set by the Federal Reserve increased to 3.25 percent amid fears of a global recession. On Sunday, the price of a gallon of gas was benchmarked at $3.714 a gallon, the AAA reported. Oil prices have only gone up since Wednesday morning, when the price per gallon dramatically increased to $3.681 per gallon from $3.674 a day earlier. A 99-day run of falling gasoline prices — a streak that gave consumers a glimmer of hope that red-hot inflation might be cooling — ended last week, with pump prices still much higher than a year ago. The nationwide average price for a gallon ticked up less than a penny on September 20, to $3.68 a gallon, according to AAA. That's down from the record $5.02 average in mid-June. America's gas prices rose for the fifth day in a row time to $3.71 on Sunday, a little more than a week after the country's gas prices rose for the first...
    Police have said they will take no action against a Twitter user who sent JK Rowling a chilling death threat after she expressed support for fellow author Salman Rushdie when he was attacked on stage. The Harry Potter author was told 'you are next' after Sir Salman was left fighting for his life in hospital after being brutally stabbed before he was due to give a talk in New York state last month. The brutal assault caused outrage in the western world, with the public, authors and free speech activists condemning the attack, but it was celebrated in Iran, where the novelist has been subject to a fatwa since the publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988. In the aftermath Ms Rowling, who also pens novels under the name Robert Galbraith, tweeted: 'Horrifying news. Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok'. While many people joined her in sending well-wishes to Sir Salman, on Twitter user going by the name Meer Asif Aziz, told her: 'Don't worry you are next.' The post was reported to Twitter, which later said it...
    Getty Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry reacts to a call during a game against the LA Clippers. ‘Tis that time of year when every outlet on the hoops blogosphere strives to put out the definitive top 100 ranking of NBA players for that particular offseason. However, one list stands out among the rest in terms of the stock that is put into it and the discussion that it creates. Namely, ESPN’s NBArank. The four-letter network has been gradually unveiling the 2022 edition of its list in recent weeks, with the top five finally dropping on Friday. As the Dub Nation denizens — and, well, just about anyone — might have expected, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry notched a spot amont the elite of the elite in the Association. However, fans in the Bay Area weren’t particularly happy about his placement in the top five. Curry, who’s fresh off a Finals MVP performance and netting another championship ring, brought up the rear among ESPN’s top-rated group as the No. 5 player league-wide. He was beaten out by Joel...
    CNN senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen shared on Monday some advice one hopes would never actually be necessary: “Do not cook your chicken in NyQuil.” The seemingly obvious culinary tip was proffered in response to an actual warning released by the FDA — yes, this is a real thing on the FDA’s website right now, because we are in fact living in the dumbest and weirdest timeline — titled “A Recipe for Danger: Social Media Challenges Involving Medicines.” “A recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medication, presumably to eat,” the FDA statement says, calling the challenge “silly and unappetizing” but one that “could also be very unsafe,” and offering this explanation: Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways. Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs. Put simply: Someone could take a...
    Former President Bill Clinton chose his words with great care when asked about the recent passing of Republican attorney Ken Starr. Starr’s family announced his death last week as the result of complications from surgery. While Starr has been known most recently as a cable news presence and frequent of Donald Trump, his political legacy is rooted in the actions he took as the independent counsel who investigated the Clinton administration. It was during Starr’s pursuit of Clinton that he presided over the Whitewater controversy, and his investigative report was the catalyst for the former president’s impeachment in connection with the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Clinton gave an interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Sunday and was asked for his thoughts about Starr’s passing. While Clinton never went outside the bounds of standard politeness, there was clearly little love lost with old nemesis. I read the obituary, and I realized that his family loved him, and I think that’s something to be grateful for. And when your life is over, that’s all there is to say. But I was taught not...
    Warmongering Russian President Vladimir Putin has said his disastrous war in Ukraine is moving ahead as planned, despite his forces being routed in the east. In what are his first comments since his army collapsed and fled from the Kharkiv region of Ukraine, he said his Donbas operation is progressing 'not at a very fast pace' but would not be thrown off course by the humiliating defeat. 'Our offensive operation in the Donbas is not stopping. They're moving forward - not at a very fast pace - but they are gradually taking more and more territory,' he said after a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.  The optimistic outlook comes as his army has ceded over 3,000 square miles of Ukrainian territory that they conquered with great loss of life and equipment to a lightning Ukrainian counteroffensive in less than two weeks. On Friday, a smiling Putin warned of a 'more serious' response if his forces continued to be routed in Ukraine.  'The Kyiv authorities have announced that they have started an active counter-offensive operation. We'll see how it goes...
    Martha's Vineyard authorities have described the arrival of 50 migrants on their affluent island as a 'humanitarian crisis' - despite the median household income being significantly higher than the national average. The declaration came as a lawmaker who previously said that he would 'love' to see the wealthy area turn into a 'haven' for immigrants slammed Governor Ron DeSantis for flying in 50 migrants. 'To our Island community, here is an update on current humanitarian crisis on Martha's Vineyard,' the official account of the tourist board tweeted on Thursday. 'We thank people for their continued help.'  The community issued a statement, saying that they were working on a 'coordinated regional response', and two emergency shelters had been created. 'All activated local Emergency Management will remain in effect as we learn more and anticipate our State partners coordinated response.'  The exclusive enclave is where Barack and Michelle Obama bought their $12 million vacation home in 2019, and where he celebrated his 60th birthday last year. In 2017, John Kerry bought a historic waterfront property in Chilmark for $11.75 million.  Celebrity visitors...
    BAYERN MUNICH fans have expressed their anger at football postponements caused by Queen Elizabeth II's death by unveiling a banner. Supporters of the Bundesliga giants pleaded for "respect" during their Champions League clash against Barcelona at the Allianz Arena. 1Bayern Munich fans unveiled this banner during their Champions League clash against BarcelonaCredit: Getty Julian Nagelsmann's side ran out 2-0 winners against the Blaugrana to show why they are one of the competition's favourites. And along with creating a hostile environment for the travelling Barca players, Bayern fans were also making noise by protesting the impact of Her Majesty's passing on football. British football came to a standstill last weekend as the public mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II. And European games have also been affected, with Rangers' Champions League match with Napoli at Ibrox having to be pushed back by 24 hours to Wednesday. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLBATTLE OF ENGLAND Boehly wants North v South Prem All-Star game in radical format changeMESSI-NG ABOUT Watch Edwards' dribble against Spurs as he justifies Poch's Messi comparison Meanwhile Arsenal's Europa League home tie against...
    ANTIOCH — Days after this news organization reported that the eight Antioch officers under criminal investigation include a K9 cop whose dog bit 22 people over three years, the city’s police chief announced he is conducting a “top down assessment” of the use of police dogs. At a City Hall news conference next to two City Councilwoman — including one of the city’s biggest police critics in past years — Chief Steven Ford said he hopes to implement an “early intervention system to better track and monitor” the use of police dogs in Antioch. The FBI and Contra Costa District Attorney are investigating eight Antioch officers and three Pittsburg officers for suspected crimes of moral turpitude, including police violence, illegal drug use, and other potential offenses, and a grand jury has convened to consider an indictment against multiple officers. “This will allow the organization to identify potential patterns, and more importantly develop corrective measures when necessary,” Ford said. Ford said he is also exploring options with the city’s IT department to ensure department-issued cellphones are “exclusively used in a business capacity.”...
    \[email protected] @KANYEISMYDAD 8 hours later and this racist tweet is still up. Damn I am in shock , actually no I am not it's @ChickfilA , I shouldn't expect anything less.\u201d — Don (@Don) 1662742818 However, a review of Chick-fil-A's official Twitter account indicates that the company's social media team uses the term "your community" frequently in response to comments from all types of customers. "Hi there! We know our customers love the heat, so we’re testing spicy items in different markets. We’ll be sure to let your community know if spicy items are added into our permanent menu!" Chick-fil-A wrote in response to at least four customers on Friday alone. Most of these tweets were sent in response to customers complaining that Chick-fil-A has yet to roll out a spicy version of the restaurant's delicious chicken nuggets. In a statement to NBC News, the company confirmed that it uses the word "community" in social media communications to refer to places where it has established restaurants. Chick-fil-A apologized for its "poor choice of words."...
    Iga Swiatek joked that she was 'really glad' her $2.6million US Open winnings were not in cash after she was surprised to be handed an envelope with her prize in after lifting the trophy on Saturday night. The Polish world No. 1 was far too good for her opponent Ons Jabeur in New York, winning in straight sets, and there was a party atmosphere inside Arthur Ashe as fans celebrated her brilliant victory. After lifting the trophy, Swiatek appeared surprised to be handed an envelope containing a check for $2.6m, joking: 'Thank you. I'm really glad that is not in cash.' Iga Swiatek receives an envelope with her check for $2.6m after winning the US Open Swiatek was just too good for Ons Jabeur, beating her in straight sets on Arthur Ashe "I'm really glad that it's not in cash." ???????? pic.twitter.com/yqTGbHtpbC— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 10, 2022 Both the men and women at the US Open receive the same prize money in the singles, with either Carlos Alcaraz or Casper Ruud set to receive the same envelope on...
    Interestingly, days after California's statewide power grid emergency declaration — and facing the potential of rolling blackouts — the state activated four gas-powered emergency generators.How did folks react?Other commenters, as you might expect, loved the response from the Oil & Gas Workers Association: "Oh my gosh, @ogwausa, you won at Twitter," one commenter reacted. "This tweet wins," another user declared. "That had to be the best reply," another commenter said. "The media is just as complicit in this disaster perpetuated by the alleged administration[s] in Washington and Sacramento. I wonder if ABC's backup generators are run on windmills and solar panels?" "Basic incompetence," another user wrote. "California has all the resources it needs, they just have to execute smarter. Have [U.S. Rep.] Eric Swalwell [D-Calif.] head over [to] the wind turbine farm, lay down one of his notorious potent vigorous farts, and get those turbines spinning. Problem solved, you’re welcome." "This may be my favorite tweet in the history of Twitter," another commenter announced. "This is my favorite response. Ever," another user said. "I think I just fell a...
    British Prime Minister Liz Truss announced an end to the United Kingdom's moratorium on fracking in hopes of alleviating the energy crisis currently gripping the U.K. and the rest of Europe. The end of the fracking moratorium is part of a larger set of policies the new prime minister announced Thursday, which was put together to manage the crisis and to help households cope with astronomical energy bills. WITH LITTLE LEFT TO LOSE, EU SWINGS BIG ON RUSSIAN GAS PRICE CAP “It is vital we take steps to increase our domestic energy supply,” Truss said. “We will end the moratorium on extracting our huge reserves of shale that could get gas flowing in as soon as six months where there is local support for it.” Conservative lawmakers began urging former Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government to end the fracking ban, which has been in place since 2019, earlier this year after as natural gas prices sailed upward because of conditions created by the war in Ukraine. The moratorium itself was put in place over worries about...
    Steve Bannon released a wild statement on Tuesday night after news broke from the Washington Post that New York is set to indict the former Trump White House adviser over his role in allegedly defrauding donors to the We Build the Wall charity. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is reportedly prepared to indict Bannon on Thursday on charges that will “mirror a federal fraud case that ended when then-President Donald Trump on his last day in office pardoned longtime ally Bannon,” reported the Daily News. Bannon is expected to turn himself in on Thursday reported the Daily News, citing a source close to the MAGA pundit. Two men charged alongside Bannon by the federal government for defrauding donors pleaded guilty in April to the charges as they did not receive presidential pardons. Both men are facing up to 20 years in prison after having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. “The defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that...
    Europe's energy crisis is being felt by everyone - including the scientists working deep underground in Switzerland at the Large Hadron Collider. The European Organization for Nuclear Research, better known as CERN, is even considering taking its particle accelerators offline. This is due to the accelerators' high energy demands, and the organisation's desire to keep the region's electricity grid stable. However, the scientists do not want to shut down the Large Hadron Collider completely, so are drawing up plans to temporarily switch it to 'idle' mode. 'It's a voluntary action,' CERN energy chair Serge Claudet told the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the action.  'You don't want to break your toy.' CERN operates the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator (pictured) famous for its 2012 discovery of the Higgs Boson At peak operation, CERN uses nearly nearly 200 megawatts of power - a third as much energy as the city of Geneva - making it one of France's largest energy consumers  WHAT ARE THE PLANS TO REDUCING CERN'S ENERGY USAGE?  At peak operation, CERN uses nearly nearly 200 megawatts...
    Madonna's music video drew a police response after neighbors complained about the noise on Monday night. The 64-year-old singer–songwriter was filming the music video for her song Hung Over featuring Tokischa. Page Six reported that car speakers created 'loudness and craziness' that disturbed a number of the neighbors.  Police: Madonna's music video drew a police response after neighbors complained about the noise on Monday night; pictured in 2015 The New York Police Department told the publication that at 11:39 p.m. ET on Monday they began to receive noise complaints.     RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Madonna, 64, seen 'snuggling and cuddling' with new toyboy... Madonna, 64, looks ageless as she sports her OWN Instagram... Madonna shares photos of her tattoo honoring her mother with... 'I regret BOTH my marriages': Madonna throws shade at Sean... Share this article Share However, the NYPD told Page Six that the 'condition was corrected' and 'no summonses were issued.'  A number of the people involved in making the video then reportedly went inside to shoot part of the music...
    Getty Jason Aldean, Brittany Aldean & Cassadee Pope. Season 3 winner of “The Voice,” Cassadee Pope, is at the center of a huge online controversy involving Brittany Aldean (wife of country music star, Jason Aldean,) along with country music star, Maren Morris. News has been spreading like wildfire about the controversial Instagram reel Aldean posted on August 23, and the backlash that has ensued. Now, Aldean has decided to turn lemons into lemonade as one fan put it, and convert the criticism into a new clothing line.“Don’t Tread on Our Kids” Has Been Launched View this post on Instagram A post shared by Brittany Aldean (@brittanyaldean) On August 31, Aldean posted pictures of her “Don’t Tread on Our Kids” clothing line on Instagram, along with the caption, “Per usual, my words have been taken out of context over the last week ????. Instead of getting twisted about the twisting of my words, I’ve chosen to bring some good out of it. Introducing our NEW Barbie inspired line LIVE NOW❣️” The post continues, “**Through this launch we will...
    “Between stimulus and response there is a space. That space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” – Victor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor, Author, Man’s Search for Meaning. I recently returned from a much needed sabbatical that was both physically rejuvenating and spiritually transformative. I rode my bike back to work and braced myself for a monster update from colleagues who had been expertly holding down the fort in my absence. “So … anything big happen while I was gone?” I said sarcastically. Yeah, a few big things have happened. Roe v. Wade was overturned, tragic mass and police shootings occurred, and jaw-dropping congressional hearings on the January 6 insurrection consumed the airwaves. Oh, and remember COVID? Yeah, that’s still happening, too. Regardless of your politics, we’re all experiencing massive disruption and witnessing heart-wrenching tragedy. In desperation and anger, we start pointing fingers and writing checks. Blame the culprit and invest in the “resistance.” After all, I am right and they are wrong. (God it’s so much easier to be right all the time.)...
    Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump and his representatives have offered up a dizzying flurry of defenses in the wake of the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago resort and residence in early August -- and some of their claims are false, uncorroborated or sharply disputed.Here is a look at the facts, as we know them today, around five of the public arguments Trump and his team have made in the wake of the search. The claim: Trump declassified everythingThe Justice Department said in a court filing this week that the search of Mar-a-Lago resulted in the seizure of more than 100 unique documents with classification markings. But in posts on his social media platform, Trump has argued that he had declassified all of the documents in his possession. "Number one, it was all declassified," he wrote in a post on August 12. "Lucky I Declassified!" he wrote in a post this Wednesday.Read MoreTrump's comments about this supposed declassification have been very vague. But conservative writer John Solomon, one of the people Trump named as a representative in his dealings with the...
    The Department of Justice released a photo on Tuesday of documents seized in the raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this month that bear "classified" logos. The department included the photograph as an attachment to its response to Trump's petition for a special master to review materials seized by federal officials in the raid. The DOJ said the image was a "redacted FBI photograph of certain documents and classified cover sheets recovered from a container in the '45 office.'" Trump declared that he declassified all documents at Mar-a-Lago just before he left office — however, prosecutors said Tuesday that Trump did not state that the 15 boxes of documents they acquired from the former administration earlier this year had been declassified or that the documents were protected under executive privilege when the administration released those boxes. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILES LENGTHY REBUTTAL TO TRUMP SPECIAL MASTER REQUEST (FBI photos, courtesy of the Justice Department) Trump lawyer Christina Bobb also signed a document asserting that all classified material had been returned to the...
    Rodrigo Ventosilla, 32, a Harvard graduate student and trans activist, was arrested for suspected cannabis possession while on his honeymoon in Bali, then died two days later due to 'failure of bodily functions.' According to authorities in Bali, Ventosilla fell ill two days after his arrest after ingesting medication that was not one of the items confiscated by police. He was rushed to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains, but died soon after on August 11.  Ventosilla's family has since accused Bali authorities of 'police violence ... racial discrimination and transphobia,' and trans activists in his home country of Peru staged a protest in Lima over their government's response to the death. Bali police spokesman Stefanus Satake Bayu Setianto did not respond to the accusations of transphobia, but said no violence led to Ventosilla's death and the case is now closed.  Rodrigo Ventosilla, 32, a Harvard graduate student and trans activist, was arrested for suspected cannabis possession while on his honeymoon in Bali, then died two days later due to 'failure of bodily functions.' Demonstrators in Lima held up signs...
    Sylvester Stallone has responded to his estranged wife Jennifer Flavin's divorce filing, and denied any wrongdoing with their joint marital assets.  Flavin, 54, filed for divorce from Stallone after 25 years of marriage just days before DailyMail.com revealed that the actor had a giant tattoo of Flavin on his right bicep covered up with a picture of Butkus, Rocky's bull mastiff from the hit movies.  On Tuesday, it was revealed that Stallone, 76, has now denied Flavin's allegations that he 'engaged in the intentional dissipation, depletion and/or waste of marital assets which has had an adverse economic impact on the marital estate,' PEOPLE reports.  In court documents filed in Palm Beach County, Florida, Stallone's legal reps said the actor had 'not engaged' in that sort of conduct. Sylvester Stallone has responded to his estranged wife Jennifer Flavin's divorce filing, and denied any wrongdoing with their marital assets; pictured 2019  Additionally, Stallone opposed his estranged wife's request to have 'exclusive use' of their home in Palm Beach.  Flavin had earlier asked for sole use of the palatial property as the divorce...
    Joe Rogan is advising those harmed by COVID-19 policies, including shutdowns of their livelihoods and schools, to vote for Republicans going forward. Rogan was joined in his latest podcast episode by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and much of their discussion was about the pandemic and the policies that came out in response to it, as Rodgers faced controversy over his vaccination status. JOE BIDEN PICKS HUNTER LAPTOP DENIER FOR PRESIDENTIAL INTELLIGENCE BOARD In response to a prompt from Rodgers as to what the popular host would tell people who have been harmed by government shutdowns during the pandemic, Rogan quickly told the football star that they should vote for Republicans. “I hope there are lessons learned in this, because this is a new thing,” the host said. “We had never had this before. No one who is alive today has ever experienced a true pandemic, and I’m hoping that, now that this is over, people are going to recognize that some serious errors were made and not repeat those.” ...
    The lawyer for the alleged victim accusing now-former Buffalo Bills punter Matt Araiza of participating in a gang-rape last year is slamming the franchise for 'botching' the response to the accusation.    Araiza, 22, has been accused along with two others of gang raping a 17-year-old girl last year in a civil lawsuit filed on Thursday and was released by the team on Saturday. Dan Gilleon, the attorney for the accuser, found the move cowardly and trashed the team's entire response to the allegations.  He told The Buffalo News: 'The Buffalo Bills had no choice but to cut their young punter after so badly botching their response to our claim: they ignored us, as though what I warned them would happen could be avoided if they just kept their heads in the sand. This is what enablers do.' Gilleon, who also gave legal advice to a friend of Trevor Bauer's accuser regarding claims she made against the star, added his client was 'forever scarred' and was critical of Araiza's lawyer, Kerry Thompson, for saying she was after money.   The lawyer...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump responded Friday to a judge's request that he elaborate on his request that the court appoint a "special master" to oversee the review of evidence recovered from the search of his Mar-a-Lago residence. Read the filing below.
    President Biden poked fun at Donald Trump's attorneys' claims that the former president had declassified all documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago.  ''I've declassified everything in the world. I'm president. I can do it all.'C'mon declassify everything,' Biden said as he boarded Air Force One to head to Wilmington, Del. for the weekend.  He refused to comment further on Friday's release of the heavily redacted affidavit.   'I'm not going to comment because I don't know the details. I don't want to know,' he said.  The FBI carried away 27 boxes from Mar-a-Lago, including 11 sets of classified government records, some labeled 'top secret' during the Aug. 8 raid.  The Department of Justice released a heavily blacked-out version of the affidavit providing justification for the August FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago property.  U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the warrant that led to the Aug. 8 raid, ordered the unsealing of the affidavit by 12 p.m. Friday — despite the DOJ’s objections.  In a footnote, the affidavit notes that the law does not just prohibit the transfer of classified information, but...
    Former President Donald Trump is not pleased with the release of the U.S. Department of Justice's unsealing of a heavily redacted version of the affidavit used for the search warrant on his Mar-a-Lago property. On Friday, August 26, Trump took to Truth Social with a lengthy rant sharing his response to the affidavit. The former president is arguing that there was nothing in reference to anything "nuclear." "Affidavit heavily redacted!!! Nothing mentioned on 'Nuclear,' a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI & DOJ, or our close working relationship regarding document turnover - WE GAVE THEM MUCH," Trump wrote. READ MORE: ‘Grave damage’: Affidavit says Donald Trump had classified documents in 'unauthorized' location He also took aim at Judge Bruce Reinhart for allowing the release of the documents. Trump, who has described the Federal Bureau of Investigations' (FBI) search as a "break-in," also suggested that Reinhart's ruling may have been politically motivated. "Judge Bruce Reinhart should NEVER have allowed the Break-In of my home," the former president fumed. "He recused himself two months ago from one of my...
    MANCHESTER UNITED'S Casemiro provided a brilliant response when he was asked about not playing in this season's Champions League. The new man at Old Trafford will have to face Europa League football until at least next year after the Red Devils failed to make it to Europe's premier competition. 1Casemiro, 30, is a serial Champions League winnerCredit: Reuters In contrast, the team Casemiro left in Real Madrid won last season's Champions League and have been victorious in Europe in five of the last nine seasons. But the 30-year-old has no qualms about being left out of the historic competition this year. When asked about missing out on the Champions League in his first season at United, he told ESPN Brasil: "Well.. I already have five, don’t I?" The witty response caught the attention of United fans who were fans of the cheekiness. READ MORE ON MAN UNITEDRED DEVILS LATEST Antony to join for £84m EXCLUSIVE, Ten Hag's Cristiano Ronaldo AXE One wrote on Twitter: "Nah that’s the most legendary response I’ve ever seen." Another said: "Ownnnn, yes...
    U.S. forces struck an Iranian-affiliated militant group in northeast Syria over a 24-hour period, leaving four enemy fighters dead and seven enemy rocket launchers destroyed, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Thursday. The latest U.S. attack came from AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, AC-130 gunships, and M777 artillery, CENTCOM added, saying that the operation was in response to Wednesday’s rocket attacks on Mission Support Site Conoco and Mission Support Site Green Village in northeast Syria. BIDEN ORDERS AIRSTRIKES ON IRAN-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA "We will respond appropriately and proportionally to attacks on our service members," Michael "Erik" Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, said in a statement. "No group will strike at our troops with impunity. We will take all necessary measures to defend our people." The attacks began at approximately 7:20 p.m. local time in Syria on Wednesday when several rockets landed inside the perimeter of Mission Support Site Conoco in northeast Syria. Additional rockets landed in the vicinity of Mission Support Site Green Village, CENTCOM said. One U.S. service member in Mission Support Site Conoco was treated...
    (CNN)The US carried out additional airstrikes targeting enemy positions and rocket launchers near Deir ez-Zor in northeast Syria following a rocket attack on coalition bases in the region that injured three US troops on Wednesday, according to a US official. A number of enemy fighters were killed in the strikes, which was launched from an AC-130 gunship, the official said. The US launched the latest strikes overnight in response to a rocket attack against two coalition bases housing US troops in Syria in which three US service members suffered minor injuries. In the initial response to the rocket attack on Wednesday, US attack helicopters destroyed three vehicles and the rocket launchers used to carry out the attack, US Central Command said in a statement. Two or three Iranian-backed militants were also killed in the helicopter strike, according to an initial assessment.The strikes are the latest in an ongoing back-and-forth between US forces and Iranian-backed groups in Syria that has quickly escalated. The US said it was not looking for a conflict with Iran but vowed that it would respond to...
    Hong Kong (CNN)It's been four years since a committee of United Nations experts called attention to "credible reports" that more than 1 million Uyghur and other Muslim minority peoples were interned in extrajudicial camps in Xinjiang in northwestern China for "re-education" and indoctrination.But since that moment in August 2018, the international community has done little on the basis of those reports within the UN: Countries in the UN's main human rights body have not agreed to any formal call for a probe, while appeals from UN experts for China to allow for rights monitoring have been met with fierce denials of wrongdoing from Beijing and no invite for free access to come see for themselves.Now, a report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, expected to be released in the next week, could bolster the push for accountability and elevate the voices of survivors and their families in a way the UN system has not previously done -- creating the potential for a turning point for how the international community, and top UN officials, have handled these accounts.But...
    Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.“You can’t just strap on an AR-15 and body armor and snatch the governor.” Most people know this without having to hear it from a prosecutor during federal criminal trial. But two Michigan men are apparently learning this lesson the hard way. On Tuesday, a jury found Barry Croft and Adam Fox guilty of conspiring to kidnap the state’s Democratic governor—the latest development in a complex, two-year-long legal saga.    According to the FBI, Croft and Fox sought to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer back in 2020, planning to detonate explosives to interfere with any police response and to potentially ignite a full-blown civil war. Fox, according to an October 2020 FBI affidavit, said he needed “200 men” to storm the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, and take hostages, including the Governor.  The controversial FBI investigation involved a number of informants and undercover agents who were connected to the plot, including one agent who offered to provide explosives. In an earlier trial this year, a different jury failed to reach a verdict on the...
    The Internal Revenue Service is launching a full security review of its facilities nationwide, Commissioner Charles Rettig announced Tuesday.  It comes after Congressional Republicans and right-wing voices online drummed up fears over the decade-long $80 billion cash infusion the agency was allotted as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law last week. 'We see what's out there in terms of social media. Our workforce is concerned about their safety,' Rettig told The Washington Post Tuesday. 'The comments being made are extremely disrespectful to the agency, to the employees and to the country.'  Rettig, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, had sent out a letter to employees, which was obtained by The Post, informing them that the IRS would be undertaking a risk assessment for each of the IRS's 600 faciliies - the first of its kind since the Oklahoma City federal building bombing in 1995.  'For me this is personal,' Rettig said. 'I'll continue to make every effort to dispel any lingering misperceptions about our work. And I will continue to advocate for...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday accused Republicans of assassinating his character but said he would testify before Congress if they called on him to do so. Fauci, who announced on Monday he was retiring from the federal government, told CNN he wasn't stepping down because he feared an investigation by congressional Republicans, who have put him on the top of their witness list should they win control of the House and Senate in November's election. 'I have nothing to hide and I can defend everything I've done. So that doesn't faze me or bother me,' said Fauci, who serves as head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as chief medical adviser President Joe Biden. During the pandemic, Fauci repeatedly clashed with GOP lawmakers like Senator Rand Paul over covid mitigation measurers. Republicans saw the infectious disease expert as a symbol of lockdowns while Fauci argued he was following scientific recommendations. He argued the GOP has engaged more in character assassination than oversight of the government's response to the pandemeiic. 'What has happened up to now is more of a...
    President Joe Biden said of Dr. Anthony Fauci: 'Whether you've met him personally or not, he has touched all Americans' lives with his work. I extend my deepest thanks for his public service. The United States of America is stronger, more resilient, and healthier because of him.'   WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert who became a household name — and the subject of partisan attacks — during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday he will depart the federal government in December after more than five decades of service. Fauci, who serves as President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief of the NIAID Laboratory of Immunoregulation. He was a leader in the federal response to HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases even before the coronavirus hit. "I will be leaving these positions in December of this year to pursue the next chapter of my career," Fauci said in a statement, calling those roles "the honor of a lifetime." Fauci became the face...
    Donald Trump has said he plans to file a legal motion in response to the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago, claiming his Fourth Amendment rights were violated.  In a series of posts on Truth Social this Friday, the former president condemned the raid of his Florida home after law enforcement seized 10 boxes of classified files Trump allegedly took after leaving office.  'Never in our Country's history has there been a time where law enforcement has been so viciously and violently involved in the life and times of politics in our Nation,' Trump wrote.  'A major motion pertaining to the Fourth Amendment will soon be filed concerning the illegal Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, right before the ever-important midterm elections.  'My rights, together with the rights of all Americans, have been violated at a level rarely seen before in our Country,' he added.  It's the latest in Trump's battle with the FBI as former running mate Mike Pence said he did not remove any classified material after serving as vice president.  Donald Trump said he will be filing a legal motion...
    (CBS DETROIT) – Several Detroit residents are fed up with the cars that they say are constantly racing through their neighborhoods. In response, the Detroit Police Department says they are cracking down on reckless driving in the city. READ MORE: Detroit Youth Choir Calls For More Action On Gun Violence In Newly Released VideoThe department says about 40 officers will be sent out to conduct traffic stops. They will not only be on main roads but also in the neighborhoods where children are more likely to be outside. READ MORE: Tudor Dixon Selects Former Rep. Shane Hernandez As Running Mate In Race For Michigan Governor“I get a lot of calls about speeders. So, yes, this is a direct response to that,” said Police Chief James White.  “But this is also a quality of life. Living in these communities where people are running stop signs and kids are being hit is a problem.” White says he hopes police presence will slow drivers down and prevent drag racing. MORE NEWS: Michigan Judge Blocks Abortion Ban, Opponents React© 2022 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All...
    (CNN)A top official on the White House monkeypox response team on Friday sought to defend the Biden administration's actions as the outbreak worsens but did not offer substantive explanations for why it is taking so long to get the spread under control, casting the response as reactive to the disease's trajectory. "The contour of the outbreak is what dictated action," White House deputy monkeypox response coordinator Dr. Demetre Daskalakis said during an interview on "At This Hour" with CNN's Boris Sanchez. "So I think the epidemiology of the outbreak really led to the emergency declaration and also the steps to add a new coordination team with myself and (White House monkeypox response coordinator) Bob Fenton."The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on August 4 after facing criticism for not moving faster to address the crisis.Daskalakis said Friday: "We know what we've got in terms of this outbreak. It is acting differently than any monkeypox outbreak we've seen before. It's clear the epidemiology, it's clear what strategies need to be implemented to be able to control the outbreak, and...
    Three innocent bystanders shot by Denver police while standing outside a LoDo bar last month want the Denver Police Department to publicly apologize for their injuries and announce a plan to make sure a similar incident doesn’t happen again. Police shot the three victims — Yekalo Weldehiwet, Bailey Alexander and Willis Small IV — on July 17 while shooting at a man they stopped outside Larimer Beer Hall because they believed he was armed. The officers shot the man, Jordan Waddy, as he threw a gun to the ground. Police injured six bystanders standing nearby. Weldehiwet, Alexander and Small spoke Wednesday after Denver police released body camera videos of the shooting, which the victims said shocked and disappointed them. The videos made it more clear that it was luck that nobody was killed, Small said. Yekalo Weldehiwet, 26, left, and Bailey Alexander, 24, pictured on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, are two of six bystanders shot by Denver police officers on Sunday, July 17, 2022. Three police officers were shooting at an armed suspect in Lower Downtown early Sunday morning.  “Now,...
    CHINA has surrounded Taiwan with a fleet of over 50 warplanes, including nuclear bombers, in menacing wargames by island. As Beijing steps up pressure on Taiwan, a senior US Navy admiral has said America needs to confront the Chinese “gorilla in the room”. 2Taiwanese scrambled warplanes in response to the Chinese wargamesCredit: Reuters 2A Taiwanese defence ministry map showing the Chinese activityCredit: Twitter China conducted its largest ever military drills around Taiwan - which is regards as its territory - during the visit of senior US politician Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation. Those exercises included firing multiple ballistic missiles into waters off Taiwan - some of the world's busiest shipping routes. Taiwan’s defence ministry said the latest incursion involved 51 aircraft, including H-6 bombers, which are capable of delivering nuclear weapons. That included 25 aircraft that crossed the Taiwan Strait's median line, which in normal times acts as an unofficial barrier between the two sides, or flew into Taiwan's air defence zone. READ MORE ON CHINA AXIS OF EVIL China sends thousands of troops to RUSSIA for massive war games amid WW3 fearsRED...
    EDDIE NKETIAH did not hold back while listening to Albert Sambi Lokonga complain about a lack of minutes at Arsenal last season. The astonishing interaction was revealed on the last episodes of the club’s Amazon All or Nothing TV show. 2Eddie Nketiah was not sympathetic to Albert Sambi Lokonga's complaints about being droppedCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk 2The astonishing scene came in the last episodes of Arsenal's All or Nothing showCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk The scene showed Arsenal ace Lokonga having a grumble about falling out of Mikel Arteta’s plans. Despite starting the season well, the Belgian soon found himself on the bench. And after refusing to respond to Nketiah’s questions about his wellbeing, Lokonga said: “I was playing!” This prompted a less-than-sympathetic response from Nketiah, who was also struggling for minutes at the time. READ MORE ON ARSENALGOLD TRAFFORD Richest Brit Ratcliffe wants to buy Man Utd and hold talks with GlazersGUNNERS NEWS Youri Tielemans talks LATEST, Nicolas Pepe EXIT, Lucas Paqueta top priority He declared: “So what my friend? You think you’re the...
    by Bethany Blankley   The war of words between New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott escalated this week as buses of foreign nationals who’ve entered the U.S. illegally arrive in Adams’ city. The buses arriving at the Port Authority generally carry between 50 and 100 people. Abbott says that’s compared to the more than 5,000 apprehended a day in the five Border Patrol sectors in Texas at the southern border. Border Patrol data for July indicates that 141,513 people were apprehended or recorded as gotaways illegally entering Texas. Abbott last week invited Adams to visit the southern border in Texas to see firsthand the impact of what he calls “Biden’s border crisis.” To date, Adams hasn’t accepted the invitation. “I already called all my friends in Texas and told them how to cast their votes,” Adams said. “And I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good old-fashioned door knocking because we have to, for the good of America, we have to get him out...
    AN Iranian MP has suggested the brutal stabbing of Salman Rushdie was the "direct work" of the country in response to the US killing of a top general. The author, 75, was knifed up to 15 times yesterday in front of horrified onlookers in New York after suffering years of death threats over his novel The Satanic Verses. 6Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times in New York on FridayCredit: PA 6Iran-sympathizer Hadi Matar, 24, was arrested and has been charged with attempted murderCredit: AP 6AN Iranian MP has hinted the attack was 'direct work' of IranCredit: EPA Iranian lawmaker Malek Shariati Niasar has chillingly hinted the attack could have been the "direct work" of Iran as he branded Rushdie - who is at risk of losing an eye - an "apostate". He said: "Attacking the renegade Salman Rushdie in America, if: 1. It should be Iran's work directly: proving the power of Islamic Iran. "2. The work of a Muslim "Khomeini did not see" and be independent from Iran: exporting the revolution to the heart of the enemy "3. Let America and...
    DASHCAM footage has captured a bizarre double-road rage incident in New York City. We see two cars sitting next to each other in a line of traffic with one lane of separation. 2Driver throwing object at SUV in New York City traffic.Credit: TikTok/@dashcamlessons As traffic remains in gridlock, the video’s right-side driver throws what appears to be a bottle across the road’s middle lane. The flying object hits the SUV on the left which prompts a quick response. This impacted SUV waits a couple of seconds before firing heavy water gun bursts at the black object-throwing sedan. After hitting the black sedan’s doors and missing the driver’s open window, the SUV jumps into the road’s middle lane to get a closer shot. READ MORE ON ROAD INCIDENTSBAD BENTLEY ‘Selfish’ $220K Bentley driver parks on line - but shoppers get the last laughNO RETURNS Watch as Toyota ‘bursts into flames’ 12 hours after four-month long repairs Once in the middle lane, the SUV hit the black sedan’s window with water, but the vehicle’s driver had already rolled up their...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has loosened its COVID-19 safety recommendations, a sign of how much the state of the pandemic in the U.S. has changed since its genesis over two years ago. The agency no longer recommends that people exposed to COVID-19 who are not up to date with their vaccines enter quarantine. Instead, those people should wear a mask for 10 days in indoor settings and test on day five. The new guidance also eliminates the "test to stay" policy for schools, which requires unvaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 to stay in school rather than quarantine as long as their tests come back negative. This is a developing story. Healthcare News Coronavirus CDC
    (CNN)An attorney for Britney Spears is speaking out against a series of videos posted ​by the singer's ex-husband, Kevin Federline​.On Wednesday, Federline posted to Instagram multiple videos that he said were filmed by Spears' sons several years ago in which she appears to have verbal disagreements and uses harsh language with her two children. The videos have since been removed from the social media platform, but they were published by TMZ. In a statement to CNN, Spears' attorney said they are "working with Instagram to ensure that Mr. Federline adheres to its rules, and we are exploring all appropriate relief against him.""Whether he realizes it or not, Mr. Federline has not only violated the privacy and dignity of the mother of his children, he has undermined his own children, whose privacy he should protect," Mathew Rosengart, Spears' attorney said. "Mr. Federline's ill-advised decision to post an old video of his 11 and 12-year-old children was cruel, bottom of the barrel stuff."Federline had said in his post that his family chose to share the videos to illustrate why they have more...
    "I want the gloves and the net, though, is what I'm saying, because when I go in there I want to be able to, like, get it," one officer tells his partner. "It's a turkey, not a tiger!" the other scoffs. "Yeah, it's gonna scratch!" His partner replies. "Have you hunted turkey before?" The video shows the officers enter the apartment, where the turkey was gobbling around like it owned the place. "All right, should we just go in at it?" the officer with the camera asks. They attempted to apprehend the bird, which resisted arrest and dodged the officer's net several times before it was cornered. The officers were able to release the turkey outside unharmed. "It's a Turkey, Not a Tiger!" | BTS Body Cam youtu.be Baeten said he was proud of how his officers handled the situation and how they captured the turkey without harming it. "It really underscores the unpredictable nature of the job that our officers are asked to do at any given time,” Baeten...
    (CNN)When Frances Garrett lost her mentally ill daughter to police violence in 2014, she channeled her grief by demanding change. Garrett said Phoenix police fatally shot Michelle Cusseaux at her apartment after she threatened officers with a hammer. Police, Garrett said, were not properly trained to respond to someone like Cusseaux, who was schizophrenic. "Police are not professionals on mental health or mental illness," Garrett told CNN. "A person that is schizophrenic, paranoid, the first thing they do when they see an officer in a uniform is panic. They resist." Garrett successfully lobbied for the city to improve its response to reports of people having mental health crises. In 2017, Phoenix rolled out a "mental health squad" comprised of officers who receive special training in crisis intervention, negotiation and tactical skills designed to diffuse situations with mentally ill people. "They made changes," Garrett said. "I wanted to prevent it from happening to anyone else."Read MoreMichelle Cusseaux's 3-year-old niece looks in her casket during funeral services in 2014.While Phoenix police have made changes, across the country, mentally ill people continue to...
    DASHCAM footage shows the moment a furious driver stopped and exited his vehicle in the middle of a highway. The “unprovoked” driver is seen with an active right-hand turn signal before stopping in the highway’s middle lane. 2Raging driver stopping and exiting his car in middle of highwayCredit: TikTok/@dashcamlessons Once the driver leaves his vehicle, he immediately points a finger and approaches the filming car. This video’s rage-filled driver only travels a few steps on the busy highway before the dashcam vehicle drives away and deserts the lawbreaker. One TikTok user commented on this video: “THANK YOU FOR DRIVING AWAY AND NOT JUST SITTING THERE.” Another user commented: “FINALLY a video where the driver just DRIVES AWAY.” READ MORE ON ROAD INCIDENTSWHY BOTHER Watch as car brings traffic to a swift halt trying to go left outside turn laneGO FOR IT Watch as idiot driver SMASHES into stationary traffic while jumping the road line Some TikTok users within this video’s comment section weren’t sure whether or not the fuming driver was actually “unprovoked.” One viewer commented: “Not unprovoked. He was...
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre promised there will be no new IRS audits on anyone making less than $400,000 once the agency hires 87,000 new agents.  'Who around here decided that Americans were crying out for more interaction with the IRS'?' Fox News' Peter Doocy asked the press secretary.  'I don' understand your question,' the press secretary responded.  The reporter pointed to a provision of the Senate-passed Inflation Reduction Act which would dedicate $80 billion to the IRS to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.  Jean-Pierre reiterated claims from IRS chief Charles Rettig, who said that audit rates would not rise for households making under $400,000.  'So no new audits for anyone making under $400,000?' Doocy asked. 'No. Very clear - no,' Jean-Pierre replied.  According to the Congressional Budget Office the beefed-up enforcement would bring in net $127 billion over 10 years to help offset costs in the $700 billion inflation Reduction Act.   White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre promised there will be no new IRS audits on anyone making less than $400,000 once the agency hires 87,000 new agents...