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    Parents are preparing their children to head back to school with a very different school supply list this year - including bulletproof backpacks and dresses, as well as and notes on what to do if there's an active shooter. As back-to-school season approaches, both parents and students alike are facing the horrific realities of the rise in gun violence and what it means for the upcoming school year. Following the recent Uvalde, Texas, school shooting, many parents have taken a drastically different approach to back-to-school prep this year. Instead of filling their kids' backpacks with crayons and markers, parents are packing bulletproof inserts into their children's bookbags, designing bulletproof clothing for their tots - and even running active shooter drills with them to prepare for the start of the school year.   Parents have begun taking a different approach to back to school prep; Cassie Walton, 22, from Oklahoma, took to TikTok to share she's been bracing her son with active shooter drills Walton shared a video of her five-year-old son Weston going through an active shooter drill at home in hopes of preparing...
    NAIL trends come and go, but some fads will always irritate manicurists. Ontario-based nail artist and TikTok creator @nailsbysariya shared a glimpse into her least favorite styles. 5Nail technician @nailsbyariya shared her manicure pet peevesCredit: TikTok/@nailsbysariya 5The TikTok creator is not a fan of long, pointed tipsCredit: Amazon/TikTok/@nailsbysariya In a viral TikTok, the nail artist shared that she is not a fan of long, almond-shaped tips. "I feel bad for my clients because when they get them they're cute for a few days but when they grow out they look like bananas," she wrote in the comments. "If your growth isn't fast, they can look cute for a while," she added. The nail technician also said that she despises egg-shaped nails. Read more nailsGLAZE PHASE Nail expert shows how to get Hailey Bieber’s glazed donuts WITHOUT gel polish DONUT TRY THIS I asked my manicurist for the Hailey Bieber nails & the result was so bad "I just hate when people want egg shape extensions," she said after one user chimed in saying they have naturally...
    (CNN)Blistering heat has returned to western Europe, as some countries like France enter into their third wave of the summer with temperatures expected to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius), while more than 80% of the US population will experience temperatures over 90 degrees (32C) within the next week, including in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Around 100 million Americans have been under heat alerts for eight of the past 16 days. This means hundreds of millions of people living in urban areas are again desperately trying to stay cool. The climate crisis is making extreme heat more frequent and last longer — but cities, without thoughtful design, can make life even hotter.Air conditioners might keep the indoors cool, but they only add to heat outdoors. And in most cases, they are adding to the climate crisis by increasing planet-warming emissions. Public transportation may be unbearable on a hot day, but driving a car that runs on gas instead just worsens traffic, also adding to heat and emissions. A lack of trees means a lack of shade, and buildings...
    He doesn't do it for fame or fortune. But Ed Trapper's hobby ss a treasure hunter attracts a lot of attention. Last weekend, he was able to find a silver wedding ring on the beach in Lavallette. And a man's gold cross in a lagoon.  Asked whether he's had one special find, the 63-year-old Forked River resident said, "They're all rewarding." Trapper said it's all about doing a lot of detective work, and it's important if the person seeking their lost item knows approximately where they lost it. "You ask them over and over again," Trapper said, to narrow down the location. In the case of the wedding band, Ashley and Jeff remembered where her husband was tossing a football. The ring turned up along the same tide line the following day, Trapper said.  "Jeff did an outstanding job marking the exact location of the ring, which is paramount when doing recoveries. A few swings later the ring was in the scoop," Trapper wrote on his Facebook page NJ Ring Finder. "We are forever grateful for you!" Ashley Campeas wrote on...
    DISNEY parks are a popular holiday destination for families, but not everyone behaves in the most appropriate ways at times. One former Disney cast member has shared her experiences of working as one of the fur characters, and the things that parents do that they hate. 1There are a number of things some parents do that can make meeting the characters into a rather stressful situationCredit: AFP - Getty Speaking to Insider former Disney cast member Jenna Parkany says she spent four months working as a fur character, as part of the Disney College Programme. Jenna shares the things that some parents do that can just make the whole experience of meeting the characters so much worse for everyone involved. Scrambling for your autograph book and pen Jenna says that the non-costumed character attendant should certainly be listened to when they advise you to get your book and pen out prior to actually going up to the characters. MORE IN REAL LIFEBROWS BE GONE My eyebrow fell off after I had them tinted - before they were pussy & itchy'AWAKENING'...
    Singapore (CNN)Chinese warplanes are targeting US allies in a high-stakes "game of chicken" over the Asia-Pacific that risks spiraling out of control -- raising the risk of an incident that could spark war.That is the view of analysts who warn increasingly aggressive maneuvers by Chinese fighter jets -- accused of endangering both Canadian and Australian aircraft and crew in recent incidents -- are a sign Beijing is pushing its territorial claims to a dangerous new level. And it is the threat of this brinksmanship spiraling into a conflict -- possibly following the downing of a warplane -- that will be exercising minds when Asia's biggest defense summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, begins in Singapore on Friday.All eyes will be on US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his Chinese counterpart, Wei Fenghe, both of whom will address the conference on their visions for security in the region and are expected to meet each other on Friday evening for bilateral talks.Senior US defense officials said that Washington will focus in part on "setting guard rails on the relationship," one official said, while calling...
    META has announced a new private policy for social media companies Facebook and Instagram. The new policy will take effect this summer. 2Facebook and Instagram each service over one billion accountsCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Zuckerberg announced Facebook and all its divisions would rebrand as Meta in October 2021Credit: Getty Images - Getty "Our goal with this update is to be more clear about our data practices," Meta wrote in a post announcing the changes. The update does not affect other apps in the Meta family like WhatsApp or Messenger Kids. Notifications regarding the policy and its progress started on May 26th and will continue until fully implemented on July 26th. No action is needed from the user at this time. Read More in MetaZUCK UP Mark Zuckerberg reveals flaw in metaverse plan after spending $10billion last yearDARK WORLD Female avatar was sexually assaulted in Mark Zuckerberg's Horizon metaverse Meta continuously iterated the new policy does not give them any additional rights to your data. "While the text looks different in many places, Meta is not collecting, using or sharing...
    Westend61 | Westend61 | Getty Images In this competitive housing market, buyers are willing to make some concessions to either cut costs or land their dream home. Some 58% of U.S. adults would be willing to take action to find housing that is more affordable, with Gen Z and millennials more likely to do so than older generations, a survey from Bankrate.com found. That includes moving to a cheaper area and buying a fixer upper. To be sure, home prices are still high, thanks to continued low inventory. In April, the median price of an existing home sold was the highest on record at $391,200, an increase of 14.8% from a year ago, according to the National Association of Realtors. More from Invest in You:How to calculate your own personal inflation rate amid rising pricesHalf of Americans say inflation may have negative impact on financial goalsHow to know if an adjustable rate mortgage is right for you "Wages are going up a bit, but these price increases are really squeezing Americans who want to buy homes," said Bankrate.com analyst Jeff...
    A MUM sparked debate online by asking fellow parents how much washing they do each week... and the answers varied massively. Some only loaded the machine once or twice a week while one person said they ran four washes every day just to keep on top of the load. 1People are sharing how much washing they do a week and there's a huge range of answersCredit: Getty The conversation was kicked off by one mum who wanted to work out what was "normal". Taking to Mumsnet, she said: "Inspired by the poor [mum] that is doing four loads a day... tell me your laundry schedule. "Mine is very straightforward: two children and a cloth nappy baby. "One load per day - put in before bed on an eco cycle and hung out the next morning before work. Read more on washingWASH THIS SPACE Cleaning fan reveals why you should ALWAYS put washing powder in the drumCLEAN MACHINE I’m a cleaning whizz -the trick to banishing mould from your washing machine "If I am ill, drunk or forgetful, my schedule falls...
    A MAJORITY of Americans say they know how to do laundry "the right way," but members of that group aren't quite clear on what the right way is. Even though young consumers are certain they're doing things right, they disagreed about things like separating clothes, and couldn't identify common symbols from garment care tags. 4A majority of Americans surveyed said they wash their clothes the 'right' wayCredit: Getty 4One thing 68 percent of respondents agreed on: they dread doing laundryCredit: Getty Conducted by OnePoll in partnership with Swash® Laundry Detergent, the recent survey looked at how 2,000 millennials and Gen Zers do their laundry. Two-thirds of Americans swear their laundry game is on point, claiming they know how to wash “the right way,” according to a new study. The survey found that 69 percent are convinced they know how to do laundry correctly, although there’s a slight difference in opinion when it comes to separating clothes. Many believe the right way to separate laundry is by separating white and colors (29 percent). READ MORE ABOUT LAUNDRYLasting laundry The 7 things you...
    Jason Kempin, Getty Images The past several years have featured multiple tragic headlines about people killed in police custody, but if you’re Tomi Lahren, every single one of those cases was because people weren’t complying with police and were resisting arrest — and that’s sadly not even the worst message your taxpayer dollars are paying for police officers to hear. In an eye-opening investigative report for the Washington Post, Robert Klemko covered the controversial content and rhetoric present at police training conferences across the country that stands in sharp contrast with the public’s support for reforms and training in de-escalation techniques and avoiding excessive force. There is “little guidance or oversight for what officers should be taught,” wrote Klemko, who researched the article by interviewing conference speakers and police training experts and attending (either in person or online) various police training conferences around the country. He found multiple speakers who “tell officers that pushback against conventional policing is a media invention,” who “demonize civilian protesters and reformers,” and who tell police officers they “should maintain a ‘warrior mentality’ to weather the rigors of...
    INSTAGRAM plans to roll out a new feature in March of 2022 that will allow parents a sneak peek into their children’s Instagram activity. The announcement was released by the service’s head, Adam Mosseri, in an Instagram blog post early December 7. 1Instagram plans to release new parental control features in early 2022Credit: Alamy The new feature will notify parents and guardians of how much time their teenagers spend on Instagram. They will also be able to set time limits to control their kids' social media usage, which studies have shown can be very beneficial for mental health.  Furthermore, parents will also be able to get notifications whenever their child reports someone on the popular platform. Mosseri wrote in the blog post that the company is committed to keeping today’s young people safe while using the app. He added that Instagram “will continue doing research, consulting with experts, and testing new concepts to better serve teens.” Mosseri stated in the post that the new changes have been in the works for quite a while. Most read in News TechGET CERTIFIED!...
    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has claimed that his state shows the effect of Democrat policies in action – the same policies currently debated in Congress for President Biden’s mammoth infrastructure bill.  Murphy faces the possibility of succeeding as the first Democratic governor of New Jersey to win re-election since the 1980s: Polling has the governor nine points ahead of his Republican opponent, Jack Ciattarelli, who previously served as a member of the state’s General Assembly and as assistant minority whip.  This photo from Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, shows Gov. Phil Murphy, D-N.J., during a gubernatorial debate at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. Murphy moved New Jersey to the left since he won election four years ago, but goes under a test that Democrats have not passed in recent years as he goes up against Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli in this year's race for governor. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, Pool) At the same time, Murphy faces a positive approval rate that is 10 points higher than that of Biden, despite the two politicians sharing similar political stances. Murphy...
    Donald Trump slammed President Joe Biden's plan to pay $450,000 per person to migrant families who were separated at the border after crossing illegally and blamed his successor's lax immigration policies for the crisis at the border.   The former president was referring to the reported plan to pay immigrant families separated during the Trump administration the massive sum to head off lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to psychological trauma. Trump called the idea bonkers and said his policy worked better to curb migration than Biden's because it kept families from trying to cross the border for fear of being separated. 'It’s not even believable what they’re doing,' he told The Clay Travis & Buck Clayton Show on Friday. He also told the conservative radio show hosts that security at the border went from 'the greatest we’ve ever had ... to the worst — probably one of the worst in the history of the world.' 'We’re taking in millions of people into our country illegally, and these people are rough people,' he...
    ARSENAL legend Ian Wright has hit out at Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, claiming the Red Devils are not being coached properly. Wright, 57, was highly critical of Solskjaer on Match of the Day 2 last night in the wake of Man Utd's 5-0 defeat to rivals Liverpool, blaming the Norwegian for their poor performance. 2Wright says the Man Utd players do not look like they have been properly coached by SolskjaerCredit: Getty He said: "It wouldn't have mattered what midfield you put in there today because they're not for me looking like they're coached to press. "It doesn't matter if it's Pogba, Matic, Fred, or McTominay, if you're going to sit off people and not go and close them to win the ball to then get it to people with pace like Greenwood and Rashford... "If you're not coached to do that, then you will see mistakes from Maguire and Shaw, who we saw have an unbelievable Euros, because they're playing better and they're more coached, they know exactly what they need to be doing. "But...
    Residents of what is typically a quiet neighborhood in San Francisco are being plagued with humming from several Waymo vehicles crowding a dead-end street. The mysterious sightings are coming from the end of 15th Avenue,  where up to 50 of the self-driving cars appear to be confused as they enter the area, residents told  local news station KPIX. Resident Jennifer King told KPIX that the vehicles, which are being tested in the California city, all make a multi-point turn and then just leaving from where they came in – and sometimes multiple cars arrive at once.  'I noticed it while I was sleeping,' Jennifer King, a resident in Richmond District told KPIX. 'I awoke to a strange hum and I thought there was a spacecraft outside my bedroom window.'  Scroll down for videos  Resident Jennifer King told KPIX that the vehicles, which are being tested in the California city, all make a multi-point turn and then just leaving from where they came in – and sometimes multiple cars arrive at once Waymo told the news outlet that it is looking...
    Pedro Martinez hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since 2009, but when it comes to blasting umpires, he’s still in his prime. On Tuesday, the MLB Tonight crew was taking a live look-in at a game between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks, where D-Backs pitcher Luke Weaver was on the mound with the bases loaded. As they looked on, Martinez and fellow MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds wondered why Weaver wasn’t being called for a balk for not pausing after coming into the set position. When an umpire rules a pitcher has balked, each baserunner moves up one base. Reynolds and Martinez watched incredulously as no umpire called a balk on Weaver. “That’s gotta be a balk!” exclaimed Reynolds. Martinez replied, “But the umpire does not understand the kind of movement he’s making.” “So, we meet with umpires before the season starts,” said host Greg Amsinger. “And they talk to all the broadcasters.  We bring this up every year, and what we hear from the umpiring side of the argument is, as long as the motion is consistent...
    Military history professor Victor Davis Hanson pushed back on suggestions the Taliban is now "gentler" and "kinder" during "America's Newsroom" on Thursday, suggesting it is quite the contrary as the terrorist group is "drunk on the fumes of victory." The expert continued by explaining the group is more dangerous and greedier than ever before after receiving $85 billion worth of American military training and equipment.  BIDEN ADMINISTRATION ON SIDELINES AS AMERICANS TRAPPED IN AFGHANISTAN GET TALIBAN PERMISSION TO LEAVE VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: It's very dangerous when we have administrations that adopt this therapeutic mindset that the more magnanimity you show terrorists, the more likely they are going to reciprocate in kind rather than think that's weakness that can be further exploited. That's what they do. We've got about 100-200 of potential Bergdahls all over that country that are going to start popping up on television and giving forced confessionals. We are going to have to be overt about it or keep giving money under the table to bring them home. I think we will end up doing that if we...
    One of the two female lead singers of the British pop group said to have inspired ABBA is not herself seeking a reunion and discussed the band's upcoming tour. Eve Graham from Perthshire, now 78, shared vocals with Lyn Paul, now 72, in The New Seekers - also comprising Peter Doyle, Paul Layton and Marty Kristian - who had a string of international hits in the early 1970s.  The band came second in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest in Edinburgh. Eve left the band in 1978, having helped them sell more than 25 million records worldwide. They continue to this day, but with only Paul Layton left from the hit-making line-up. Nope: One of the two female lead singers of the British pop group said to have inspired ABBA is not herself seeking a reunion Eve spoke to MailOnline on the back on ABBA's announcement that they will be releasing new music and embarking on a tour - using holograms.   She says of Swedish supergroup Abba, whose global career began when they won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest and...
    Congressman Peter Meijer (R- MI), one of the two House members who secretly traveled to Kabul on Tuesday, defended that trip amid criticism from the Biden administration and leaders on the Hill. Meijer and Congressman Seth Moulton (D- MA), both of whom are Iraq War veterans, went to Afghanistan as evacuations continue at the Kabul airport. After seeing what’s happening on the ground, they concluded that “no matter what we do, we won’t get everyone out on time.” U.S. officials were reportedly “infuriated” by their trip, with one anonymous senior administration official telling the Washington Post, “It’s as moronic as it is selfish.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly scolded them, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said while he understands the reason they went, they should not have gone. On Wednesday Meijer told Fox News’ Bret Baier both he and Moulton “had to know what was going on the ground in Kabul” and concluded they “realized that we were being lied to.” He commended the work U.S. forces have been doing as evacuations continue, but described seeing chaotic and “incredibly dangerous”...
    The elephant herd dawdling through a field in the southwest of Yunnan province on June 20. Xinhua via Getty Images China's roving elephant herd is finally being guided home after 16 months of wandering. A taskforce of experts and forestry firefighters are using drones, elephant treats, and scores of vehicles to persuade the animals back to their reserve. The herd still has hundreds of miles to go, and the rest of the trip will likely take months. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. China's roaming elephants are finally on the way home after wandering for more than 16 months across the country. It's been slow going for Chinese authorities trying to usher the 14 pachyderms back to their home reserve near China's border with Thailand. The whole operation is run by almost 40 forestry firefighters, who keep tabs on the herd with drones as the jumbo travelers trundle through thick forests and villages, reported AFP. When the elephants enter populated areas, the task force cuts the power to prevent the giants from electrocuting themselves or starting fires....
    Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., likened Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to WWE wrestlers, suggesting that in front of cameras they are merely putting on a show for their fans.  Swalwell, 40, made the comments about his GOP colleagues during an appearance on the MeidasTouch podcast.  "It’s pro wrestling, to be honest," Swalwell said. "Many of my colleagues are better suited to work at the WWE."  In a clip of the interview, Swalwell suggested he once had a cordial working relationship with Gaetz "before Trumpism took off," but Gaetz "turned into a character."  "There were times where he would laugh at himself, you know, to keep, you know, the act going. That’s what’s so frustrating," Swalwell said. If someone were to run into Gaetz, Jordan, or Cruz at the Santa Monica Pier, he said, they would seem like "nice guys" and nothing like how they supposedly portray themselves on Twitter or TV.  DEMOCRAT ERIC SWALWELL RANTS GOP ‘A PRO-SLAVERY, ANTI-POLICE PARTY’ IN MSNBC INTERVIEW Swalwell recalled an encounter he had with Cruz during...
    JOSE MOURINHO will be keeping a very close eye on his players in his Roma revolution - with the use of a training ground drone. A number of changes have been made to the Giallorossi's Trigoria base, as revealed in a clip released by the club. 2Jose Mourinho is showing Roma stars their errors on a pitchside screenCredit: Getty A drone will be deployed to fly over sessions and gather intricate detail on each star's positioning, movement and reactions. And the Roma players will not have long to wait before being shown their mistakes. That is because a huge screen has been installed next to the pitch, for Mourinho to provide instant analysis on his routines. The Portuguese coach was criticised by some at Tottenham for rudimentary training methods. According to a February report by The Independent, he primarily focused on defensive organisation, set-pieces, second balls, and direct attacks during workouts in North London. Mourinho is also looking to improve his squad ahead of the new campaign having made Rui Patricio his first signing. The Serie A side are in...
    Demonstrators gather at the Lincoln Memorial during a protest against police brutality and racism on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee Last June, social media feeds became flooded with corporate statements about how companies would promote racial equity within and beyond their workforce. The commitments came after the police murder of George Floyd sparked protests around the country. One year after those initial statements, many tech companies seem to have met several of their initial goals while promising to expand their commitments to diversity and inclusion efforts and racial justice causes. Here's how some of tech's biggest players stacked up:Airbnb2020 commitment: Airbnb said it would donate a total of $500,000 to the NAACP and the Black Lives Matter Foundation. It also said it would match employee donations to both groups. The company also said that by the end of 2021, 20% of its board of directors and executive team collectively would be made up of people of color. By the end of 2025, Airbnb said, its goal is to have 20% of U.S. employees be underrepresented minorities and for...
    YouTube wants the world to know that it’s doing a better job than ever of enforcing its own moderation rules. The company says that a shrinking number of people see problematic videos on its site — such as videos that contain graphic violence, scams, or hate speech — before they’re taken down. In the final months of 2020, up to 18 out of every 10,000 views on YouTube were on videos that violate the company’s policies and should have been removed before anyone watched them. That’s down from 72 out of every 10,000 views in the fourth quarter of 2017, when YouTube started tracking the figure. The figure measures enforcement of YouTube’s own rules But the numbers come with an important caveat: while they measure how well YouTube is doing at limiting the spread of troubling clips, they’re ultimately based on what videos YouTube believes should be removed from its platform — and the company still allows some obviously troubling videos to stay up. The stat is a new addition to YouTube’s community guidelines enforcement report, a transparency report updated...
    DERRICK Jaxn said cheaters "always know what they're doing and will do it again" before he was caught being "unfaithful". Speaking in a YouTube video from 2018, Derrick urges women not to forgive their cheating partners because it "only resets the timer for them to cheat again. 5Derrick slammed cheaters in an unearthed YouTube video These comments have come to light after Derrick admitted to "getting high and drunk" as well as cheating on his wife, Da'Naia. Speaking about Khloe Kardashian's own cheating scandal, Derrick said: "So I am sure by now everybody has heard that Khloe Kardashian's boyfriend Tristan Thompson got caught cheating on her while she was nine months pregnant with his baby. "Now she's decided to come out and forgive him and stay with him. I know right? Huge surprise. But what got me was who she blamed for his cheating. It was his "thirsty groupies" that she wants to stay away from him. You know when I first heard of that I thought, maybe the epidural didn't wear all the way off...
    TAMPA — The Yankees’ infield gets a different look Wednesday, with Gio Urshela starting at shortstop. Urshela last played shortstop in 2018, when he appeared in eight games at the position with the Blue Jays. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he wanted to get Urshela time there in case the Yankees needed him “in a pinch” during the regular season. “It’s something he’s comfortable doing,’’ Boone said. “Same side of the field. With shifts and all, it’s a place he’s [played].” Urshela is coming off elbow surgery to remove a bone chip in December and has shown no ill effects from the procedure this spring, making strong throws from third base. With Gleyber Torres the starting shortstop, Tyler Wade has filled in behind him. But against the Tigers on Tuesday, Boone had Urshela at short, with Derek Deitrich — in camp on a minor league deal — at third, with Wade at second. “It’s just something I wanted to do this spring,’’ Boone said of Urshela. “In case we ever get in a pinch or we’re in a situation where...
    WITH the eyes of the world upon her, Meghan Markle’s ­emotional hug with singer Alexandra Burke came during her final public appearance as a working member of the Royal Family. A year on, the X Factor winner has shared details of the pair’s heartfelt chat — and backed the “brave” Duchess of Sussex’s decision to speak out on racism. ???? Read our Meghan and Harry live blog for the latest news... 10Meghan at the Commonwealth Service last year, where she met Alexandra BurkeCredit: PA:Press Association Alexandra, 32, also opened up about her own experiences with prejudice, revealing she was once arrested after being spat at by a white woman. Speaking in the wake of Meghan and Prince Harry’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview, the singer says: “It was heartbreaking for me to watch that. “They are a family who have things going on, just like everyone does. “Meghan is the nicest person ever. When we met at the Commonwealth Service, she said wasn’t allowed to hug me because it was at the start of coronavirus — but it was right at...
    Pregnant Katharine McPhee Shows Off Baby Bump as She Poses Outside of Beverly Hills Hotel These are the stocks helping to tank the high-flying ARK Innovation ETF over the past week © Jerry Markland Getty Images Where are they now? Marcos Ambrose re-energized, reinvigorated in his native Australia When longtime NASCAR fan favorite Marcos Ambrose decided to end his nearly 25-year racing career, he sought to get as far away from race cars and race tracks as he could. Boy, did he ever. Having left NASCAR after the 2014 season, Ambrose moved his family literally halfway around the world, roughly 10,000 miles away from the Charlotte area and back to his native Tasmania. To put that into a bit clearer context, Tasmania is an island state, 150 miles south of parent country Australia, and the last major land mass southward before reaching Antarctica — home of the South Pole. Roughly the size of West Virginia, much of Tasmania is pristine wilderness, with a population of less than 550,000. And it‘s back in his native land that Ambrose has once again...
    Jay Gruden doesn’t expect Raiders to trade Derek Carr The Most Underrated Chain Restaurants And What You Should Order When You Go Best & Worst Refinance Mortgage Companies of 2021 Ad Microsoft 19 Great Ways To Supplement Social Security Every Month That Many Didn't Know Ad Microsoft Expert: “This credit card is so good I signed up personally” Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/18 SLIDES © Lloyd Carr / Shutterstock.com Since Facebook launched in 2004, it has become the biggest social networking site on the planet. With 2.8 billion users, Facebook’s stock is trading at around $267 a share as of Feb. 3. Mark Zuckerberg’s tech giant has grown dramatically as of late. Its market cap doubled between the end of 2016 and August 2020, and between the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2021, Facebook...
    I’LL be honest, I wasn’t really up for the FA Cup this year. With squads depleted by Covid, the prospect of 32 matches last weekend felt like a case of 64 bald men fighting over a comb. How wrong I was. 9Chorley got the ball ­rolling, beating Derby County and showing us there was life in the old Cup yetCredit: Getty Images - Getty No matter how heavy the clouds of despair over football, some shafts of light fight through. This is why we have to keep the game going, be it the Cup, leagues or Euros. Even when it feels plain daft to do so. We need it. Chorley got the ball ­rolling, beating Derby County and showing us there was life in the old Cup yet. I’ve had a soft spot for the place ever since I planned a random trip there about five years ago. I was working in Salford and had an afternoon free. I told a colleague I was heading to Chorley for a look around. 9Spurs players could not swap shirts with minnows Marine...
            by Mary Rose Corkery  A study found 44% of Americans said they’re not gathering for Christmas with their loved ones, a Civic Science infographic said. More respondents in December reported canceling in-person Christmas than in October, the study’s infographic said. In October, 36% responded that they still planned in-person gatherings, but that number dropped to 30% just before the holiday. While Americans have become increasingly pessimistic about the prospect of celebrating Christmas in person with friends and family, 30% still say they definitely expect to do so: https://t.co/ED4VVU0tkU pic.twitter.com/7IxdTIfTp6 — CivicScience (@CivicScience) December 23, 2020 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discouraged Americans from Christmas and holiday travel due to the pandemic in a Dec. 2 telephone press conference. “The best thing for Americans to do in the upcoming holiday season is to stay at home and not travel,” Dr. Henry Walke, director of the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections (DPEI) in the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, said in the briefing. Americans are also divided over celebrating Christmas in-person by region,...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger has been one of the few Republicans to publicly call out some of the crazier attempts by President Donald Trump and others in his party to overturn the election. On CNN Tuesday afternoon, Kinzinger told Pamela Brown that one reason more Republicans aren’t speaking out about the president’s dangerous rhetoric because he’s going to be gone next month, while others see this “as a great opportunity to get retweets and followers by fighting for President Trump.” “They’re convincing people that we can somehow magically, without any court decision and any proof of these allegations that are thrown out, just make Donald Trump president again,” he said. “We need to all speak out because there is a real, real danger of this whole thing falling apart.” Kinzinger even said he’s worried about how this could “turn violent” if these insane conspiracies continue to thrive and receive oxygen from officeholders who know better. The Illinois Republican also weighed in on the Russian cyberattack and the response from the Trump administration, saying that while there are still plenty of unanswered...
    CNBC’s SHepard Smith spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar Tuesday night and questioned him on the need for all Americans — especially people in power — following covid safety guidelines. Smith started out by asking Azar why antibody treatments aren’t being used and, more personally, whether he would hypothetically be able to take them right away if he tested positive tomorrow. “You should absolutely talk to your doctor and see if it’s right for you. If you have co-morbidities, are 56, you’re at risk of getting into the hospital, you should get on that product as soon as possible,” Azar responded. Smith also brought up the vaccine rolout and asked directly when there will be enough available out there for the general public. Azar estimated that “by the end of February, into March,” there will be enough supply out there, while adding that it’s dependent on what governors decide. After questioning Azar about the need to have enough raw materials for continued vaccine production, Smith brought up the need for continued mitigation in the meantime. “More...
    The head of the NYPD’s largest union issued a stark warning to subway riders Friday amid an alarming rash of underground attacks — you’re on your own. Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch accused lawmakers of preventing cops from doing their jobs and advised straphangers to “keep both eyes wide open” to avoid being victimized. “The politicians have made it abundantly clear that they don’t want cops enforcing transit system rules, connecting the homeless with services, engaging with seriously mentally ill people or doing any of the things necessary to prevent these terrifying random attacks,” he said. “That is their choice to make, but who is replacing us in those roles? Right now, nobody.” Lynch added: “While our elected leaders are closing their eyes and wishing the problem away, we recommend that all New Yorkers keep both eyes wide open while in our transit system.” The disturbing message came a day after a 40-year-old woman was shoved onto the tracks and into the oath of an incoming train at Manhattan’s 14th Street-Union Square station around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. She narrowly...
    The CEO of the social media platform Parler says he believes that the company can outpace Twitter within a year. “We have seen an amazing surge in downloads and new accounts from what was about 4.5 million only one week ago to over 10 million accounts now,” Parler CEO John Matze told the Washington Examiner’s Elisha Krauss this week. “People don’t trust these big tech oligarchs anymore,” Matze added, referring to the social media giants Twitter and Facebook that have been criticized for years over the censorship of conservatives. “What really sets us apart is that we are ‘hands off,’” Matze told Krauss. “We respect the First Amendment. We respect what people want to say and what they want to do. And we respect that their data is theirs.” “A year from now, I think we will have knocked Twitter to be second place, I think,” Matze stated. “It sounds crazy, but it’s going to happen. We have the momentum, and now, they’ve given us an inch, and we’re going to take a full mile.” Several prominent conservatives...
    Mark Cuban has condemned human rights violations, but defended doing business with China, saying 'we have to pick our battles'. The billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner appeared on former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly's new podcast The Megyn Kelly Show for an hour-long episode that aired on Monday to discuss the NBA Finals, foreign business deals and the Black Lives Matter movement, among several other topics.  At one point during the heated conversation, Kelly referenced the NBA's dealings with China, a market that is reportedly worth $4 billion to the league, and pointed out the country's controversial history of human rights violations. China has been accused of controlling its population through forced sterilization and abortion; having labor camps and carrying out ethnic cleansing of religious groups, including Muslims.   But while Cuban stated he's 'against human rights violations around the world', he said he's still 'OK with doing business with China'. Mark Cuban has condemned human rights violations, but defended doing business with China, saying 'we have to pick our battles'. The intense portion of the conversation kicks off when Megyn presses Cuban:...
    MANCHESTER UNITED fans joked Jadon Sancho will never leave Dortmund after the 'World's sexiest athlete' was tasked with training the German team. Alica Schmidt is a 21-year-old Olympic hopeful specialising in middle distance running who also sets pulses racing as a model. 9Alicia Schmidt is known as the 'World's sexiest athlete'Credit: Instagram / @alicasmd 9She is Germany's hot prospect at the next OlympicsCredit: Rex Features 9The 21-year-old was invited to Dortmund's training complexCredit: Instagram @alicasmd She impressed at junior level and first came to prominence by helping Germany take silver in 4x400 relay at 2017's European Athletics Under-20 Championships. Schmidt then carried on her success last year by helping the national quartet to the U23 European Championships bronze in the 4x400 relay. The Blonde bombshell's good looks led to her being named the "Sexiest Athlete in the World" by Australian magazine 'Busted Coverage'. Sponsored by Puma like the Dortmund side, Schmidt was invited to the club's training complex where she gave the stars a workout of her own. She performed a series of lunges and stretches alongside...
    Trump's supporters are following his lead to sow discord and create mayhem ahead of November. On Wednesday, Donald Trump tweeted a call for his supporters to become poll workers, all while he continues to ratchet up rhetoric that has fed into the violence and chaos being sown ahead of the 2020 presidential election. "Very important that, in order to watch that ALL are following the Rules & Regulations, you become an Election Official at your local Polling Place," Trump tweeted. "Go sign up NOW!!!" Trump's comment came after a group of his supporters went to an early voting site in Virginia on Saturday and tried to block the entrance and intimidate voters. The group eventually left, but may have violated Virginia law, which says it is illegal to "hinder or delay a qualified voter in entering or leaving a polling place."
    Wall of Moms may have imploded but Black-led groups are picking up where it left off in Portland Restaurants should cut calories in pizzas, fries, and garlic bread by up to 20% to tackle obesity during COVID-19, the UK government says Fed Wants Banks to Say What They’re Doing to Promote Diversity (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve wants the banks it oversees to provide more information on what they’re doing to promote racial and gender diversity, a senior central bank official said. © Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building stands in Washington, D.C. “In the last two years, regulated entities slightly increased their submissions of assessments of their diversity policies and practices,” Sheila Clark, program director of the Fed’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said in congressional testimony published ahead of a hearing Tuesday. “However, we are not satisfied with the level of responsiveness.” Load Error She said the Fed is continuing to explore ways to promote greater participation by the banks, including by working with other financial regulators. Much of Clark’s scheduled testimony...
    By the turn of the 19th century in Savannah, Georgia, twice-widowed plantation owner Mary Wylly was in financial distress. Despite her ties to wealthy slaveholding families, Wylly found herself in steep debt and was forced to slowly sell off property, including her former husband's land and a number of the enslaved people they had owned. In 1813, one of those sales would include her former slave Ned, who was to be sold to Isaiah Davenport, another Savannah plantation owner. Seventeen days before the sale, Mary committed Ned to the Savannah county jail for “safe-keeping,” to prevent him from running away while his auction was being finalized. That wouldn’t be the last time Wylly would use the county jail in support of controlling the people she enslaved: Between 1812 and 1815, Wylly incarcerated at least eight of her other slaves—Peter, Caesar, Lary, Rachael, Sarah, Linder, Sampson, and Beaufort—for offenses ranging from running away to theft. Wylly’s use of the county jail speaks to how in antebellum American life, slavery and incarceration were interlocking institutions, with jails being used to...
    Minneapolis is “dealing with a city council who have zero clue in what they're doing,” Rev. Tim Christopher of the Berean Missionary Baptist Church told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday. “At the end of the day, to be totally honest with you, they're inept in their job,” the reverend in Minneapolis went on to say. Christopher made the comments reacting to the fact that the city plans to spend $4.8 million to temporarily rent a building to replace the police precinct headquarters torched by rioters in the wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd. A city council committee on Thursday approved spending $3.6 million to sublease the building for three years and $1.2 million to renovate it. The new location is roughly a half-mile from MPD’s Third Precinct, which was burned down by rioters May 28, after officers were forced to abandon it. Christopher said on Sunday, “We’ve got a city council who’s doing everything they can do to get rid of the police, so if they're worried about where they're putting it, are we even going to have a police department?” VideoHe added, “Everybody is worried about if there is going to...
    CHRIS Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have welcomed their first child, with brother Patrick confirming they're 'doing great'. The actor 'was seen carrying a package with a pink ribbon' and told ET he'd bought his sister 'a little gift'. 8Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger have welcomed their first childCredit: AP:Associated Press While he didn't reveal the baby's gender or date of birth, parents Maria Shriver, 64, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, 73, were spotted paying a visit to Katherine and Chris' home on Friday. Maria confirmed the couple's pregnancy on May 1, when Chris, 41, appeared as a guest on her Instagram Live #HomeTogether. Maria told Chris: "You're gonna have another beautiful family member". While this is Katherine's first child, Chris already has a son Jack, seven, with ex-wife Anna Faris. 8Katherine's pregnancy was revealed in MayCredit: Splash News 8This will be Katharine's first childCredit: The Mega Agency 8The couple married in 2019Credit: Refer to Caption Meanwhile, Katherine's dad Arnold told Fox 11 that 'it's going to be really, really exciting' becoming a grandfather for the first time. Earlier this month Chris revealed...
    Amanda Marcotte August 7, 2020 5:11PM (UTC) On Thursday, New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association, on the grounds that it's functioning as a massive grift and not, as it bills itself, a "civil rights" organization for gun owners. There's no way to know how this will play out — the NRA still wields political power, largely because it's been so useful to Republicans — but the evidence marshaled by James and independent journalists is overwhelming.  As James said in her statement, the NRA "went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets," and the degree of corruption was so broad and deep that the scheme has "basically destroyed all the assets of the NRA." : Many of the details of how NRA executives treated the tax-exempt nonprofit like a personal piggy bank have been widely reported in recent years, but the lawsuit generated even more astounding details, including allegations that NRA head Wayne LaPierre spent a million dollars of NRA funds on private chartered flights and vacations for his family....
    CNBC's "College Voices 2020" is a series written by CNBC summer interns from universities across the country about coming of age, launching new careers and job hunting during a global pandemic. They're finding their voices during a time of great social change and hope for a better future. What money issues are they facing? How are they navigating their student loans? How are they getting work experience, networking and applying for jobs when so many opportunities have been canceled or postponed? How important is diversity and a company's values to Gen Z job seekers? As the coronavirus has roiled the market and forced people to stay in their homes for the past few months, young people, including college students, have found themselves with more time on their hands. They are increasingly picking up investing, thanks to user-friendly investing apps. Robinhood, an app that lets users invest in individual stocks, gained 3.1 million users, half of them first-time investors, in the first quarter of 2020. Charles Schwab and TD Ameritrade, two other financial-services firms, both reported adding around 600,000 users in...
    (CNN)When Covid-19 suddenly ravaged New York, hospitals looked "apocalyptic." Refrigerated trucks turned into morgues because there wasn't enough space for all the victims. That was March. Three months later, the state had "done a full 180, from worst to first," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. Now, the rates of infection, hospitalizations or deaths have plummeted in New York and several other states -- paving the way for full economic reopenings.It's the opposite of what's happening in most of the US, where the virus is surging and more than half the states have paused or backtracked their reopenings. Here's how some states have helped get coronavirus under control -- and what they're doing to make sure it stays that way: Read MoreConnecticutHow much the state has improved: Connecticut has consistently had one of the lowest rates of transmission (R numbers) of any state in the country. An R number represents how many people each infected person is likely to go on and infect, on average. Connecticut has an R number of about 0.90. That means fewer and fewer people are getting infected...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – “No police in schools” — that’s the message of a protest scheduled for Monday afternoon. As this idea is being proposed across the county, more than a dozen organizations will take this to the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education. “They are there to protect us, but that’s not what they’re doing. Then there’s no purpose in having them in schools,” Jasmine Dupree with The Women and Girls Foundation’s GirlGov Program said over Zoom. Dupree is a 2020 graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools and will be part of Monday’s protest. She said police have escalated minor situations and been misused when other professionals were needed to help a student in crisis. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Police should not be handling the matters I’ve seen over four years or heard about from my peers,” Dupree said. “It’s completely ridiculous to hear what kids have had to go through with police or security officers.” A petition in connection with the protest is calling for several changes including removing all 22 Pittsburgh Public School police officers from inside and outside the...
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- If you're working from home then there's a good chance you're doing your job on a company-issued laptop or smart phone or both.If you've never considered whether your company monitors your workflow and internet activity, a local cybersecurity expert, says you should.RELATED: Some companies are hiring private investigators to make sure employees are really working from home"If it's not your device, I think it's perfectly fine to assume that you're being watched, you're being tracked," said Craig Petronella, who owns a Raleigh digital forensics company.Petronella said often the monitoring is anonymous and companies only look at general data, not information from specific individuals.But now, with so many of us working from home, some bosses may be tempted to use software that allows them to watch your device's camera and listen to its microphone."They can watch you whenever they want. They can take pictures of you or video whenever they want. They can take audio clips and listen whenever they want. I would make those assumptions that those things can happen," Petronella said.He added that while it is...
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